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Christopher Caldwell

Caldwell, Dr. Christopher, PhD

Philosophy

Associate Professor

Phone: 804-524-5767
Location: Colson 101K
Email: ccaldwell@vsu.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, 2004, University of Kansas 
  • M.A., Philosophy, 1999, University of Kansas
  • B.A., Philosophy, 1996, Oklahoma State University

Research Areas

  • Ethics and Applied Ethics

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 140 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 180 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 213 History of Philosophy
  • PHIL 220 Logic
  • PHIL 275 Ethics
  • PHIL 290 Business Ethics
  • PHIL 314 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 350 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 450 Applied Ethics (Eng &CS)

Selected Publications

  • "Boghossian's Refutation of Relativism." International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. 1 (2): 79-103, 2011. (Co-authored with Dr. Majid Amini) 
  • "Values and Evaluation in Game Theoretical Models." 2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium Technical Reports. AAAI Press, Fall 2011. (Co-authored with Dr. Majid Amini)
  • “Privatized Information Gathering, Just War, and Morality.” International Journal of Intelligence Ethics. Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2010.
  • "A New Form of Discrimination: Credit Reports and Hiring Practices." Philosophy for Business. Issue 63, Dec. 2010. (Co-authored with Dr. Delilah Caldwell)
  • "Environmentalism: I More Than Others." I More Than Others: Responses to Evil and Suffering. Ed. Eric R. Severson. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
  • "Does 'One Cannot Know' Entail 'Everyone is Right'? The Relationship Between Epistemic Scepticism and Relativism." Forum Philosophicum. May, 2010. (Co-authored with Dr. Majid Amini)
  • "Censorship, Liberty, and the Media." Philosophy Now. Issue 76 (November/December 2009) pp. 15-16. (Co-authored with Dr. Delilah Caldwell) 
  • “A Priori Claims, Self-Evidence, and Moral Naturalism” The Reasoner, Vol. 3, No. 2, February, 2009.
  • Review of Morality in a Natural World: Selected Essays in Metaethics, by David Copp, in Polish Journal of Philosophy, Vol. III, No. 1 (Spring 2009), pp. 127-131.
  • “The Social Requirement and Human Perfection: Alfarabi and MacIntyre” Journal of Chinese, Indian, and Islamic Cultural Relations, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2008.
  • "Secular Ethical Principles and Religious Beliefs.” Proceedings of the Midwest Ethics Society, Spring 2007. 
  • “Learning from Business Ethics.” Journal of College and Character, Vol. VI, No. 7, October 2005.
  • “Humean Agency of the Just Person.” Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 17 No. 1, January 2001.

Selected Presentations

  • “The Privatization of Anti-Terrorism Efforts” at the Virginia Social Sciences Association, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, April, 2014.

  • “The Horizons of ‘Natural’: Fear of Genetic Enhancements” at the College English Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2014.

  • “Text-Based Pedagogy in a Textless World: An Approach to Teaching the Humanities” at the Interlink Alliance Conference, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, March, 2014.
  • “Biotechnology and Social Injustice: Towards a Better Understanding of Distributive Justice” at the First Social Injustice Conference, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, April 2013.

  • “Literacy to Genetic Manipulation: A Critical Look at Human Enhancement” at the Virginia Social Science Association, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, April 2013. 
  • “The ‘Natural’ Fear of Genetic Enhancements” at the Popular Culture Association, Washington, D.C., March 2013.

  • "Hume, Milton, Dostoyevsky, and Hick: Literature and Philosophy of Religion" at the College English Association Meeting, Richmond, VA, March 2012.

  • "Values and Evaluation in Game Theoretical Models" at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium, Washington, D.C., Nov. 2011. (Co-written with Dr. Majid Amini)
  • "The Philosophy Conference and Tradition" at the 5th International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry Conference, Providence College, Providence, RI, July 2011. (Co-presented with Dr. Delilah Caldwell)
  • "Pop Culture and Diluted Meaning" at the Wesleyan Philosophical Society Meeting at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, March 2011. (Co-presented with Dr. Delilah Caldwell)
  • "Consumerism, Sustainability, and Access to Identity Formation" at the Crossing Boundaries: Transforming Identities, Culture and Human Relation in a Global Village Conference at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV, November 2010.
  • "Privatized Information Gathering, Just War, and Morality" at the Fifth International Conference on the Ethics of Intelligence for National Security, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., March 2010.
  • "An Unworthy Achievement: Problems with Johnston's Account of God" at the Spirituality, Art, and Global Peace Conference, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV, November 2009.
  • “Poverty, Autonomy, and Biomedical Research: Unnoticed Collective Violence” at the Conference on Human Rights, International Law and Collective Violence, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV, April 2009.
  • “Human Subject Research: Biomedicine, Poverty, and Morality” at the Virginia Social Science Association Conference, Virginia State University, March 2009.
  • “Environmentalism: I More than Others” at the Wesleyan Philosophical Society Meeting, Anderson, IN, March 2009.
  • “Human Perfection and the Social Requirement: Alfarabi and MacIntyre” at Theory,Practice, and Tradition: Human Rationality in the Pursuit of the Good Life held by the International Society for MacIntyrean Philosophy, St. Meinrad, IN, July-August, 2008.
  • “Energy Lifestyle: The Moral Significance of Daily Choices” at the Energy and Responsibility Conference, University of Tennessee, April 2008.
  • “An Improved View of Applied Ethics” at the Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis, TN, February 2008. 
  • “Secular Ethical Principles and Religious Beliefs” at the Midwest Ethics Society, Columbia, MO, April 2007.
  • “One Source of Motivation for Ethical Pluralism” at the Conference on Value Inquiry, University of North Dakota, April 2003.
  • “Humean Agency of the Just Person” at the Southwestern Philosophical Society, University of Texas, November 2000.
  • “On the Elimination of Privacy” at the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, Washburn University, October 2000

Book Review

  • Review of A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution, by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis in Metapsychology Online Reviews, April 22, 2014.

  • Review of Surviving Death, by Mark Johnston in Metapsychology Online Reviews, July 13, 2010. 

  • Review of Our Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will, by John Martin Fischer in  Metapsychology Online Reviews, Feb. 16, 2010.

  • Review of Morality in a Natural World: Selected Essays in Metaethics, by David Copp, in Polish Journal of Philosophy, Vol. III, No. 1 (Spring 2009), pp. 127-131.

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