Dr. Mark Piper
Office: Cleveland 318
Phone: (540) 568-3531
Fax: (540) 568-8072
Curriculum Vitae: click HERE
B.A. St. Louis University
M.A. University of York, England
Ph.D. St. Louis University
Dr. Piper specializes in normative ethics, especially debates concerning well-being, happiness, and autonomy. He is currently writing a book entitled Why Should I Respect Your Autonomy? (in contract with Lexington Press), and is also working on articles on the nature of self-justification, the question of what is involved in growing older with satisfaction, and the nature of prudential value. He also thinks a lot about the nature of morality and the time-honored question of why people should be moral.
Dr. Piper teaches courses in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, moral theory, problems in applied ethics (survey courses; environmental ethics; bioethics), and advanced moral philosophy (Hume's moral philosophy; morality and self-interest; happiness and well-being). He is currently developing a course on James Madison's political philosophy.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
"For and Against Moral Conversation-Stoppers," Think, forthcoming.
“Adultery, Open Marriage, and Autonomy,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, forthcoming.
“Achieving Autonomy,” Social Theory and Practice 42:4 (October 2016), forthcoming.
“Adultery,” in James Petrik and Arthur Zucker (eds.), Philosophy of Sex and Love (Macmillian/Cengage, 2016): 217-242.
“Navigating Subjective Theories of Well-Being,” Southwest Philosophy Review 32:1 (2016): 125-134.
“Autonomy and the Demands of Love,” The International Academic Forum Journal of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2:1 (January 2016): 41-52.
Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Andrea Veltman