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Education Ph.D., 1988, M.A., 1982, Yale University
1980-81 Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spanish Literature)
B.A. cum laude (Philosophy), 1980, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
Areas of Specialization Eighteenth-Century British Moral Philosophy
Business Ethics, Ethics
Areas of Competence Social and Political Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Scholarly Essays “The Qualities of Virtue and its Rivals: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics,” in Virtues and Entrepreneurship, edited by Mikolaj Norek, Karl Wennberg, and Nils Karlson (Stockholm: Ratio, 2015), pp. 58-80.
“In the Garden of God: Religion and Vigour in the Frame of Ferguson’s Thought,” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 13:1 (2015): 55-74.
“Making Metaphor Manifest: Taking Seriously Smith’s ‘Invisible Hand’,” in Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on Adam Smith edited by David F. Hardwick and Leslie Marsh(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 169-197.
“Carrying Matters too Far?” Mandeville and the Eighteenth-Century Scots on the Evolution of Morals,” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 12:1 (2014): 95-118.
“Adam Smith on Self-Interest,” The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith, edited by Christopher Berry, Maria Paganelli, and Craig Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 241-264.
“Virtue as a Model for Business Ethics,” in The Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, edited Christoph Luetge, 2 vols (Heidelberg: Springer, 2013), vol. 1, pp. 109-129.
“Fairness in Financial Ethics,” in Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice, edited John Boatright (Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2010), pp. 163-178.
“Being Serious about Being Good,” in Doing Well and Good: The Human Face of the New Capitalism, edited by Julian Friedland (Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2009), pp. 69-85.
“Ferguson on the Unintended Emergence of Social Order,” in Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society, edited by Eugene Heath and Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009), pp. 155-168.
“Proscription, Prescription, or Market Process? Comments on Genetic Screening,” in The Ethics of Genetic Commerce, edited by Robert Kolb, Leeds School Series on Business and Society (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp. 70-83.
“Markets, Promises, and Responsibility: Reconsidering Pensions and Ethics,” in Corporate Retirement Security: Social and Ethical Issues, edited by Robert Kolb, Leeds School Series on Business and Society (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp. 55-76.
“Introduction: Ferguson’s Moral Philosophy,” in The Manuscripts of Adam Ferguson, edited by Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006), pp. xlvii-lxxvi.
“Stealing Out the Back Door: Business Ethics and the Loss of Education,” in Fulfilling Our Obligation: Perspectives on Teaching Business Ethics, edited by Sheb L. True, Linda Ferrell, and O.C. Ferrell (Kennesaw: Kennesaw State University Press, 2005), pp. 65-74.
“Spontaneous Social Order and Liberalism,” NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, 1, Inaugural Issue (Winter 2005): 65-78.
"The Philosophy of Law and Politics," in World Philosophy: An Exploration in Words and Images, edited by David Appelbaum and Mel Thompson (London: Vega/Chrysalis Books, 2002), pp. 288-333.
"On the Normative Implications of a Theory of Spontaneous Order," in Time, Order, Chaos: The Study of Time IX, edited by J.T. Fraser, Marlene Soulsby, Alexander Argyros (Madison, Conn.: International Universities Press, 1998), pp. 125-134.
"Mandeville's Bewitching Engine of Praise," History of Philosophy Quarterly, 15 (April 1998): 205-226.
"Two Cheers and a Pint of Worry: An On-Line Course in Political and Social Philosophy," Teaching Philosophy 20 (September 1997): 277-300.
Reprinted in Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 2 (March 1998): 15-33.
"The Commerce of Sympathy: Adam Smith on the Emergence of Morals," Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (July 1995): 447-466.
Reprinted in Knud Haakonssen, ed., Adam Smith, International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 1998).
"Rules, Function, and the Invisible Hand: An Interpretation of Hayek's Social Theory," Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (March 1992): 28-45.
Reprinted in Peter J. Boettke, et al, eds., The Legacy of Friedrich von Hayek, volume II (Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 1999).
"How to Understand Liberalism as Gardening: Galeotti on Hayek," Political Theory 17 (February 1989): 107-113.
Reprinted in Peter J. Boettke, et al, eds., The Legacy of Friedrich von Hayek, volume I (Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 1999).
Edited Collections of Scholarly Essays Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society, co-editor, Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009).
Adam Ferguson: History, Human Nature, and Progress, co-editor, Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008).
Morality and the Market: Ethics and Virtue in the Conduct of Business (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002).
Review Essays “Art, Fame, and Commerce,” Review of The Culture of Commerce (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998) and What Price Fame? (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999), both by Tyler Cowen, The European Legacy 11 (July 2006): 327-332.
“Critical Study: J. Martin Stafford’s Private Vices, Publick Benefits?” Review of Private Vices, Public Benefits? The Contemporary Reception of Bernard Mandeville, ed. J. Martin Stafford (Solihull: Ismeron, 1997) in Hume Studies 25 (April/November 1999): 225-240.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2013):
Invisible Hand Explanations, pp. 505-507.
Scottish Enlightenment: Influence on the Social Sciences, pp. 835-840.
Spontaneous Order, pp. 957-959.
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2007):
Anarchism (1930 words); Agrarianism (1450); Ferguson, Adam (670); Hayek, Friedrich A. (950); Hume, David (760); Mandeville, Bernard (675); Moral Imagination (740); Property and Property Rights (6000); Invisible Hand (2450); Spontaneous Order (1625); Statism (1370)
Other published work “Panel: Philosophies of Ethics Education in Business Schools,” Journal of Business Ethics Education 2 (2005): 13-20.
Book Reviews Mandeville and Hume: Anatomists of Civil Society, by Mikko Tolonen (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, SVEC, 2013), in The Journal of Scottish Philosophy 13:2 (2015), forthcoming.
The Elgar Companion to Adam Smith, edited by Jeffrey T. Young (Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar, 2009), in The European Legacy 19:6 (August 2014): 800-802.
Too Much is not Enough: Incentives in Executive Compensation, by Robert W. Kolb (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), in Business Ethics Quarterly 24:1 (January 2014): 144-147.
Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, by Andrew Pyle (London: Continuum, 2006), in The European Legacy 17:4 (June 2012): 546-47.
The Philosophy of Adam Smith: Essays Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, edited by Vivienne Brown and Samuel Fleischacker, The Adam Smith Review, vol. 5 (London: Routledge, 2010), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (on-line), October 8, 2011.
The Right Road to Radical Freedom, by Tibor R. Machan (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2007), in The European Legacy 15: 6 (October 2010): 805-6.
Adam Smith’s Moral Philosophy, by Jerry Evensky (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), in The Johnsonian Newsletter 61: 2 (September 2010): 52-55
Sociedad Civil y Virtud Cívica en Adam Ferguson, by Maria Isabel Wences Simon (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, 2006), in Eighteenth-Century Scotland 23 (Spring 2009): 33-35.
Darwinian Conservatism, by Larry Arnhart (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2005), in The European Legacy 12: 1 (2007): 110-111.
The Adam Smith Review, ed. Vivienne Brown, vol. 1 (London: Routledge, 2004), in Eighteenth-Century Scotland 19 (Spring 2005): 20-21.
Ethics at Work: Basic Readings in Business Ethics, ed. William H. Shaw (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), in Teaching Philosophy 28(March 2005): 70-74.
A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain. Edited by H.T. Dickinson (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2002), in The European Legacy 10 (2005): 255-257.
American Academic Culture in Transformation: Fifty Years, Four Disciplines, eds. Thomas Bender and Carl E. Schorske (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998), in The European Legacy 6:5 (2001): 651-653.
The City of Man, by Pierre Manent, translated by Marc A. LePain (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998), in The European Legacy 6: 4 (2001): 545-546.
The Politics of Faith and the Politics of Scepticism, by Michael Oakeshott, ed. Timothy Fuller (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996) in The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy 2 (Winter 1998): 443-446.
Altruism, eds. Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jeffrey Paul (New York: Cambridge University, 1993), Review of Metaphysics 48 (June 1995): 921-923.
Profits, Priests, and Princes: Adam Smith's Emancipation of Economics from Politics and Religion, by Peter Minowitz (Stanford: Stanford University, 1993), Review of Metaphysics 48 (June 1995): 915-916.
Liberalism and the Good, eds. R. Bruce Douglass, Gerald M. Mara, Henry S. Richardson (New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1990), Journal of Value Inquiry 28 (1994): 361-363.
“Profit Seeking and Rent Seeking: The View from the Virtuous Agent,” Liberty and Ethics Center, Annual Spring Conference, “Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, and the Common Good,” Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri, March, 21, 2015.
“A Business Ethics Compatible with Commerce: Virtue and its Rivals,” Society for Business Ethics, Philadelphia, August 9, 2014.
“A Little World by Itself: Self-Love and Cognition from Mandeville to Smith,” 300th Anniversary of Bernard Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, June 14, 2014.
“Self-Knowledge and Practical Knowledge in Mandeville’s Thought,” Mandeville’s Moral and Political Thought in its Historical Context, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, June 4, 2014.
“Knowledge, Particularity, and the Invisible Hand,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/International Adam Smith Society meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 22, 2014.
“Ferguson’s Morals: Metaphysics, Moderation and Vigour,” Religion in the Scottish Enlightenment: Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, March 15, 2014.
“Adam Smith on Self-Love,” Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the International Adam Smith Society, Sorbonne University, Paris, July 6, 2013.
“The Qualities of Virtue and its Rivals,” Colloquium onVirtues and Entrepreneurship, Ratio Institute, Stockholm, May 24, 2013
“Ambition,” L’Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure, April 12, 2013.
“Carrying Matters too Far: Mandeville on Moral Evolution and the Moral Disposition,” Scottish Reactions to Mandeville: Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary, March 8, 2013.
“Adam Smith on Self-Love and Moral Perception,” Research Group for the Investigation of the Philosophy of the Human Sciences, Ethics, and Politics (Grupo de Investigação Filosofia das Ciências Humanas, Ética e Política), University of Lisbon, September 5, 2012.
“Adam Ferguson on Moral Vigor and Moral Commerce,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 5, 2010.
“Virtue as a Business Ethic” European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), Athens, September 11, 2009.
“Ferguson and his Contemporaries: The Inheritance of Mandeville” Eighteenth-century Scottish Studies Society Conference, University of St. Andrews, July 4, 2009. “Adam Smith and Ambition,” Smith in Glasgow ‘09, University of Glasgow, April 2, 2009. “Adam Smith and the Study of Society,” Spring Workshop, Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary, February 2, 2008.
“The Descriptive and the Normative in Ferguson’s Moral Philosophy,” Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, 12th International Enlightenment Conference, Montpellier, France, July 12, 2007.
“On Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Virtue,” Author Meets Critics, Society for Business Ethics, Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Chicago, April 21, 2007.
“In the Grip of an Idea? Conceptions of the Market in Business Ethics,” Introductory paper for a panel on the topic, Markets and Business Ethics, Society for Business Ethics, Atlanta, August 11, 2006
“The Poor Lady Immured: On Public Philosophy,” Symposium on Public Philosophy, Binghamton University, April 7, 2006.
“Agents of Influence? Considerations on the Teaching of Business Ethics,” Association for Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, April 4, 2006.
“On Ambition: Ferguson and Smith,” The International Adam Smith Society, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, forthcoming, December 28, 2005.
“Adam Smith on Ethics, Large and Small,” Association for Private Enterprise Education, Orlando, April 5, 2005.
“Private Pensions and Ethics: Responsibility, Contingency, and Freedom,” Symposium: Corporate Retirement Security: Social and Ethical Issues, Business & the Broader Culture, Center for Business and Society, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 11, 2005.
“A Philosophy of Business Ethics,” Teaching Business Ethics Conference, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Boulder, Colorado July 22, 2004.
“Ferguson on the Unintended Emergence of Order,” Third International Reid Symposium on Scottish Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, July 13, 2004.
“Virtue and Character in Commerce,” Society for Business Ethics, Denver, August 11, 2002
"Propinquity, Knowledge, and Commercial Morality in Hume and Smith," Political Economy and Eighteenth-Century Scottish Culture, Joint Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the International Adam Smith Society, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, June 11, 2001.
“Adam Smith on Benevolence and Commerce: A New View from an Old Guide,” Second World Congress of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics, São Paulo, July 22, 2000
''The Eighteenth-century Scots on the Unintended Emergence of Customs and Morals,'' The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, April 29, 2000.
"Spontaneous Social Order and Liberalism," Economic Analysis and Political Economy in the Thought of Friedrich A. Hayek, Association des Historiens de la Tradition Economique Autrichienne, May 28, 1999, Paris, France.
"The 'rising of the wild duck': Cautionary Reflections on Computer-Mediated Education," Panel of the Committee on Philosophy and Computing, Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, March 27, 1998.
"The Rule of Law and Oakeshott's Liberalism," 18th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 14, 1997.
"What You Don't Know Won't Help Them: Smith on Benevolence and Commerce," The Adam Smith Society, Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pittsburgh, April 26, 1997.
"'The rising of the wild duck': Some Cautionary Reflections on Computer-Mediated Learning," Sixth Annual Conference of the Institute for the Study of Post-Secondary Pedagogy, Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, November 21, 1996
"Market Ethics and Knowledge," First World Congress of Business, Economics, and Ethics, Reitaku University, Kashiwa (Tokyo), July 27, 1996
"Sympathy, Consensus, and Convention," Twenty-third Hume Society Conference, University of Nottingham, England, July 16, 1996
"Ethics: Large and Small," International Society for the Intercommunication of New Ideas, Northeastern University, Boston, August 26, 1995
"Spontaneous Order," International Society for the Study of Time, Sainte-Adele, Quebec, July 4, 1995
"Sympathy and Consensus," Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, April 1, 1995.
"Spontaneous Order: The Legacy of F. A. Hayek," The Mont Pelerin Society, General Meeting, Cannes, France, September 29, 1994.
"Moral Conventionalism in Hume," East-Central Division American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, Philadelphia, October 28, 1992
"Self-Deception and Acceptance," Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Portland, Oregon, March 26, 1992
"Acceptance, Desire, and Resignation," Kenyon College, September 25, 1991
"Sympathy and Consensus in Hume," Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, August 6, 1991
"Acceptance," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia, March 28, 1991
"Hume on Sympathy and 'the true origin of morals'," South Carolina Society for Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, February 16, 1991
"Acceptance, " The College of Wooster, March 20, 1990
"Hume's Anthropology of Morals," The College of Wooster, December 2, 1988
"Adam Smith's Invisible Hand Theory of Morals," American Association for the Philosophic Study of Society, Eastern Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, New York, December 29, 1987
Other Presentations “Social Evolution Before Darwin,” Evolutionary Studies Seminar, State University of New York at New Paltz, April 7, 2008.
“What’s to Celebrate? Sceptical Reflections on Darwin Day,” Darwin Day Symposium, State University of New York at New Paltz, February 13, 2006.
“Ambition,” Honors Center, State University of New York at New Paltz, October 28, 2003.
“Market Ethics and Knowledge,” Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes, Department of Economics/FAS and C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University, September 29, 2003
“Finding the Moral Foundations of Markets” Parts I and II, Capitol Hill Campus, Sam Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., December 12 and 13, 2002.
"Asynchronous Learning Networks: Changes in Faculty Work Styles and Goals" [Co-presenter], American Association for Higher Education: Conference on Faculty Roles and Rewards, Atlanta, Georgia, January 20, 1996
"Political and Social Philosophy: A Computer Version on Lotus Notes: [One segment of "Teaching on a Hypermedia Network: An Overview and Demonstration of SUNY's MHRLN (Mid-Hudson Regional Learning Network) Project"] Educom Convention, Portland, Oregon, November 1, 1995
Respondent to Papers “Comment on Nils Karlson and Elina Fergin, ‘Virtue as Competence’,” Colloquium onVirtues and Entrepreneurship, The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, May 13, 2013.
“Comment on Matt Whitt’s “A Critique of the All-Affected Principle of Democratic Inclusion,” Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, February 23, 2013.
“Comment on Patricia Marino’s, ‘Affective Evaluative Inconsistency and the Fragmented Self’,” Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Chicago, April 18, 2008.
“Comments on Four Essays [of Thomas Harter, Duane Windsor, Karen S. Barker and Lizabeth A. Barclay, and Thomas Munson] on Genetic Screening,” The Ethics of Genetic Commerce, Japha Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, November 11, 2005.
“Comment on Neil McArthur’s ‘The Mandevillian Moment: Virtue, Commerce, and Government in Hume’s Essays,” Hume Society, Eastern Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 29, 2004.
“Comment on James Harris’ ‘The Social and the Dissocial in Kames’s Sketches of the History of Man,’” Third International Reid Symposium on Scottish Philosophy,” University of Aberdeen, July 13, 2004.
"Comment on Ragip Ege and Jack Birner's 'The Moral Consequences of Functionalism in Durkheim and Hayek'" Economic Analysis and Political Economy in the Thought of Friedrich A. Hayek, Association des Historiens de la Tradition Economique Autrichienne, Paris, May 28, 1999.
"Comment on Satoshi Niimura's 'Hume and Smith on Sympathy'," 24th Hume Society Conference, Monterey, California, August 1, 1997
"A Defender of the Renegade: Miles on Deleuze," Comment on Judy Miles, "Deleuze's Empiricisme et subjectivite, Nineteenth Hume Society Conference, Universite de Nantes, France, July 2, 1992.
Work in Progress Wealth, Commerce, and Philosophy: Foundational Thinkers and Business Ethics, co-edited with Byron Kaldis (Hellenic Open University, Athens). This is a volume of essays, by specialists and renown scholars, that focuses on the implications for business ethics of the ideas and arguments of significant philosophers from across the ages. Under contract, University of Chicago Press.
Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, co-edited with Byron Kaldis (Hellenic Open University, Athens) and Alexei Marcoux (Creighton University). Under contract, Routledge.
“Adam Smith on Self-Love and Moral Perception”
“Adam Smith on Ambition"
“Hume and Smith on Moral Distance and Market Economies”
Teaching Experience 2009- Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz
1999- 2009 Associate Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz
1993-1999 Assistant Professor, State University of New York, New Paltz
1992-1993 Visiting Assistant Professor, Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
1991-1992 Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
1990-1991 Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
1988-1990 Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
Courses Taught Ethics
Ethics and the Law
Idols and Ideas: Contemporary Moral Controversies
Politics, Ethics, and the Market
Social and Political Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy (on-line version)
Classics of Political Philosophy
Communism, Fascism, and Democracy
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Hobbes and Modern Politics
Philosophy and Technology
Morals and Markets in Adam Smith
Philosophy of Social Science
History of Ancient Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Twentieth-Century British and American Philosophy
Seminar: John Locke
Seminar: Hume’s Treatise
Seminar: Adam Smith
Skepticism, Sextus, Descartes, Hume, and Reid
Reason and Sentiment in 18th-century British Moral Philosophy
Self-Love and Self-Interest in Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Theory of Knowledge
Informal Logic (Critical Thinking)
Reason and Argument
Introduction to Philosophy
Administrative Experience 2010 – 2012 Interim Chair, Department of Communication and Media
2004 – 2010 Chair, Department of Philosophy
1998 – 2004 Academic Liaison between SUNY-New Paltz and New York College in Athens (Greece)
1996 – 1997 Academic Administrator, SUNY Learning Network's on-line, distance education, courses offered via computer by SUNY at New Paltz
Professional Activities External Evaluator: Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (November 6-8, 1012)
External Review, tenure: United States Military Academy, 2011.
Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Social Sciences, Book Series, Springer, since 2013.
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics, and Society (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2007).
Journal Referee: Journal of Scottish Philosophy (’12); Journal of Religion and Business Ethics (’14 (3), ’12); European Journal of Political Theory (’12); History of Human Sciences (’11); Polity (’11); Business Ethics Quarterly (’13, ’10, ’09); Journal of Business Ethics (’14, ’13, ’09); Hume Studies (’12; ’06; and ‘03); Review of Politics ('99); The Journal of the History of Philosophy (’13, ’04, ’03, '98, '97, '95, '94); Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks ('98); The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy ('96); Philosophy of the Social Sciences (’10, '96, '94).
Evaluator: essay for edited collection on F. A. Hayek, Emerald (2011); essay for edited collection on Adam Smith, Routledge (2004); grant proposal, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1998); book proposals, Oxford University Press (2014), Routledge (2010), McGraw-Hill (1997), Blackwell (1997)
Academic Review Committee Since 1990, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Professional Memberships Hume Society
Adam Smith Society
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
American Philosophical Association
Society for Business Ethics
American Political Science Association
Awards, Grants, and Honors Invited Participant, Liberty Fund Colloquia: “Judgment and Freedom in Shaftesbury and Mandeville,” (April 2015); “John Millar on Liberty and Equality,” (July 2014); “The Seventeenth-Century French Moralists on Self-Love” (February 2014, unable to attend due to snowstorm); “Liberty and the Paradoxes of Democracy” (July 2012); “Adam Ferguson on Virtue, Liberty, and Commerce” (March 2007); “Virtue, Manners, and Liberty in Shaftesbury’s Characteristicks” (March 2006); “Liberty and Corporate Ethical Responsibility in the Contemporary Business Environment” (February 2006); “Competing Views of Liberalism” (February 2004); “Herbert Spencer: The Evolution of Society and Its Implications for Liberty” (November 2003); “Liberty, Time and Memory in the Works of T.S. Eliot” (October 2000).
2000 Visiting Research Fellowship (March 1 - May 31), European Enlightenment Project, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh
State University of New York at New Paltz
1995, 96, 97 Research and Creative Projects Grant
1994, 95, 98, 01, 02, 06 United University Professions Grant (partial funding for travel)
1994 Classroom Scholarship Grant, United University Professions
1994-95 Course Designer (Political and Social Philosophy), SUNY/Sloan Foundation Project for developing a Mid-Hudson Regional Learning Network (the SUNY Learning Network)
1994 Third prize, Fellowship Essay Contest sponsored by Mont Pelerin Society for scholars under age 35
1991 Summer Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Hume Society Summer Institute on David Hume and the Enlightenment, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1987 Claude Lambe Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
1987 Richard Weaver Fellow, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Wilmington, Delaware
1986 Summer Resident Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
1980-1981 I.T.T.--Institute for International Education Fellowship, Madrid, Spain
1980 Phi Beta Kappa
1976-1980 Charles F. Myers--Burlington Industries Honor Scholar, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
Service at SUNY - New Paltz University Service, Committees Provost Search Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2012
Central Committee on Tenure, Reappointment, and Promotion: 2002-2004; 2012-13; 2014-2016
Organization Committee: Fall 2008 – Fall 2009; 1995-1997
Academic Affairs Committee: 1997-1999
Campus Hearing Committee: Since Fall 2008
Other University Service Interim Chair, Department of Communication and Media, August 2010 – August 2012
Ad hoc Committee, Distinguished Service Professor, Spring 2011
Advisory Council on Library Renovation, Fall 2006
Advisory Council, Honors Center, 2004-2006 (inc. Subcommittee on Admissions)
Search Committee for Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: 1996-1997
Institutional Review Board: 1994-1999
Departmental Service Chair of Philosophy Department: 2004-2007; 2007-2010 (2006-2007, sabbatical)
Philosophy Department Search Committees
Member: Summer 2012 (Lecturer)
Member: 2008-2009 (Aesthetics)
Chair: 2006-2007 (Ancient Greek Philosophy)
Member: 2006-2007 (Asian Philosophy)
Chair: 2004-2005 (Metaphysics or Epistemology)
Chair: 2000-2001 (Philosophy of Religion)
Chair: Spring 1996 (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Chair: Spring 1994 (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Summer Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy: 2009, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1995,
Interim Chair, Spring 1998
Advisor, Philosophy Club: 1995-2005
Departmental Representative, Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate: Fall 1993 - Spring 1996; Fall 2000 - Spring 2002
Search Committees for other departments
Foreign Languages Department:
Search for Lecturer, Spanish: 2009-10
Search for Specialist in Latin American Literature/Department Chair: 2008-09
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish: Spring 2006
Political Science Department: Search Committee, 1999 (Political Theory)
Other Program Committee, Sixth Annual Meeting of Post-Secondary Institute on Pedagogy, Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz: 1996
Planning Committee for Political Economy Major: 1993-1994
Other Community Service Steering Committee, The Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library (since 1997)
Member, Board of Directors, Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz (2009-2011) and Vice-President of the Board, 2010 and 2011
Elting Library Book Fair, volunteer since 1998 (excepting 2012, 2014)
University Service Prior to SUNY - New Paltz 1993 (Spring) Committee Service, Lyon College
1990-91 Advisor, Philosophy Club, The College of Charleston
1990 (February) Interviewer, College Scholar Competition, The College of Wooster
1989 (May) Awards Committee, Turner Prize for Distinguished Senior Thesis in Women's Studies, The College of Wooster
Spanish: good reading and speaking ability
French: Basic reading knowledge
German: Elementary reading knowledge
References (on request)