Riin Sirkel, PhD 2010
Assistant Professor TT, University of Vermont
Julie Walsh, PhD 2010
Assistant Professor TT, UQAM
Shannon Dea, PhD 2008
Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Waterloo
Jason Marsh, PhD 2012
Assistant Professor TT, St Olafs College
Patrick Clipsham, PhD 2012
Assistant Professor TT, Winona State University
I am an Assistant Professor at Winona State University, where I teach a number of philosophy courses, including Critical Thinking, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, and Moral Theory. I received an Honours BA (2007) in Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA (2008) in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD (2012) from the University of Western Ontario. I also spent some of 2011 as a visiting student at the University of Michigan.
Most of my research revolves around a family of questions regarding the methodology of ethics, including normative ethics, metaethics, and applied ethics. In my dissertation, 'Does Empirical Moral Psychology Rest on a Mistake?' I looked at the methodological assumptions made by a number of metaethicists, and argued that there is good reason to reject a number of these assumptions. I concluded that a particular class of metaethical theories (theories about the nature of moral judgment) must be understood as having moral content. This implies that we must assess these theories as we would any other moral theory, by weighing their consequences against our moral intuitions and considered moral beliefs. Publications related to this project can be found in Philosophical Studies and Metaphilosophy.
Much of my current research focuses on issues that are related to the topic of my dissertation. I am currently working on several papers that look at how the distinction between normative ethics and metaethics has been used and misused by metaethicists in the Twentieth Century. Additionally, I'm interested in how we should go about selecting specific theories in normative ethics, and the types of evidence that can (and cannot) justify such selections. I think that the answers to these types of questions can have significant consequences for ambitious normative moral theories like contractualism.
I also have an interest in many other areas of moral philosophy, especially biomedical ethics. For example, I have done extensive research on the ethical and practical problems associated with conscientious refusals in the context of health care (my publications on this topic can be found in the International Journal of Applied Philosophy and the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics). I have also recently started working on some topics related to animal ethics, specifically on the ethical problems surrounding the treatment of animals as commodities.
Nic Filiion, PhD 2013
Assistant Professor, Simon Fraiser University
Michael Cuffaro, PhD 2013
Post Doc at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. My primary research interests lie at the intersection of the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of computer science, particularly in the philosophy of quantum computation and information. I am also interested in the general philosophy of science (especially scientific explanation), in the history of philosophy (especially Kant), in metaphysical and epistemological issues in jurisprudence, and in social and political philosophy (both traditional and computational approaches). You will find, on this site, links to my publications, a list of my recent and upcoming talks, a list of the courses I teach and have taught, and other miscellaneous information. I hope there is something among these to interest you.
I obtained my Ph.D. in philosophy, under the supervision of Professor Wayne C. Myrvold, from the University of Western Ontario (in London, Ontario, Canada) in 2013. I also hold a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master of arts degree in philosophy. Both of these were obtained at Concordia University (Montréal, Québec, Canada). Between 2000 and 2008 I was employed as a software developer (specialising in database and real-time systems programming): at Ericsson Canada until 2005, and then at Radialpoint until 2008.