Associate Professor of Philosophy

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 and autonomy. He has also written on topics in metaethics, applied ethics, and the philosophy of edcuation.


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 virtue and character.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

“Critical Thinking and Empowerment,” in Steven M. Cahn, Alexandra Bradner, and Andrew P. Mills (eds.), Philosophers in the Classroom (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett), forthcoming.

“For and Against Moral Conversation-Stoppers,” Think, forthcoming.

“Justifying Oneself,” European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 13:1 (2017): 27-38.

“Mass-Audience Interactive Narrative Ethical Reasoning Instruction,” International Journal of Ethics Education 2:2 (2017): 161-173.

“Adultery, Open Marriage, and Autonomy,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 30:2 (2016): 219-229.

“Achieving Autonomy,” Social Theory and Practice 42:4 (October 2016), 767-792.

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

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