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Dr. Mark Piper
Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 318
Phone: (540) 568-3531
Fax: (540) 568-8072



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, virtue, and autonomy.  He is currently working on a manuscript on the justification of respect for autonomy, and is co-developing (with Dr. Jaime Kurtz, pscyhology) a project entitled Tranquility: Its nature, normative importance, measurement, and strategies for improvement.  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). 

Recent Publications:

Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Andrea Veltman

“Beyond Bosnia: Ethical Reasoning in Political Deliberations about Humanitarian Intervention,” (with Pia Antolic-Piper, David McGraw and Bill Hawk) in Tim Walton (ed.), The Role of Intelligence in Ending the War in Bosnia in 1995 (Lexington Press, 2014): 15-33.

"Autonomy and the Normativity Question: Framing Considerations," International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21:2 (2013), 204-224.

"Autonomous Agency and Normative Implication," Journal of Value Inquiry 46:3 (2012), 317-330.