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. A link to his complete C.V. can be found here.


Dr. Piper teaches PHIL 120 critical thinking, PHIL 200 virtue and character, PHIL 330 moral theory, and PHIL 440 advanced moral philosophy. He has also taught ethical reasoning and problems in applied ethics.

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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