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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. His recent work has focused on the normative warrant for the principle of respect for autonomy, the relation between autonomy and well-being, and the defense of autonomy as a primary aim of liberal education.


Dr. Piper teaches courses in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, moral theory, problems in applied ethics, and advanced moral philosophy.

Recent Publications:

"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.

"The Prudential Value of Education for Autonomy," Journal of Philosophy of Education 45:1 (2011), 19-35.

"Hursthouse's Virtue Ethics, the Slide into Consequentialism, and the Problem of Instrumentally Successful Vice," Southwest Philosophy Review 26:1 (2010), 81-90.