Academics

Lawry Finsen

Professor, Philosophy

Degrees: Ph.D. in Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo, 1982; B.A. in Philosophy, Lake Forest College, 1973

Office: Philosophy , Hall of Letters #302

Office Hours: Wednesday, Friday 1 – 2:30, other times by appointment

Phone: 909/748-8651 Campus Ext. 8651

E-mail: lawry_finsen@redlands.edu

Portrait

Area of Expertise

Animal-Human Ethics

Description of Research

I have worked on issues relating to animal-human ethics for a long time. That interest continues in a current project concerning the problem arising from the apparent impotence of individual agents to make a difference to large-scale problems (e.g., factory farming), resulting in questions concerning whether we nonetheless have moral responsibilities with respect to such problems. In my current research, I am considering whether the notion of collective or shared responsibility can help address this problem.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Reasoning & Logic
  • Ethics & Social Philosophy
  • 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
  • Various May Term travel courses (in recent years: Japan & Its Gardens; Service in Cambodia; Service in Southeast Asia)
  • First Year Seminars (recent topics: Vegetarianisms; Thinking Critically About the Media; Japanese Buddhism)

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo, 1982
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Lake Forest College, 1973

Previous Teaching Experience

California State University, San Bernardino (1978-1979)

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Redlands Outstanding Faculty Award (for Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity)

Publications

  • “Responding to “Crimes of Stupefying Proportions”: Understanding the Passion and the Divide Between Vegetarian Reformers and the Unreformed” – UR Philosophy Colloquium, 2007; Institute of Moralogy, Reitaku University, Japan 2005.
  • Commentator on Jeremey Garrett’s “Utility-Based Vegetarianism and Human Health: A Response to the Causal Impotence Objection,” American Philosophical Association, March, 2006.
  • “Animal Rights, Animal Liberation: Seminal Ideas in the Movement to Extend Moral Consideration to Nonhuman Animals,” Studies in Moralogy, September 2005.
  • “Faculty As Institutional Citizens: Reconceiving Service and Governance Work,” in McMillan & Berberet, A New Faculty Compact. Anker, 2002
  • (with Nancy Carrick) The Persuasive Pen: An Integrated Approach to Reasoning and Writing, Jones & Bartlett, 1997.
  • (with Susan Finsen) "The Animal Rights Movement in America: From Compassion to Respect," Twayne Publishers, 1994.

Professional Affiliations

Asian Studies Advisory Committee


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