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.
Philosophy of Mind
Introduction to Philosophy
Reasoning and Logic
Ethics and Social Philosophy
17th and 18th Century Philosophy
Various May Term travel courses (in recent years: Japan and Its Gardens; Service in Cambodia; Service in Southeast Asia)
First Year Seminars (recent topics: Vegetarianisms; Thinking Critically About the Media; Japanese Buddhism)
Ph.D. in Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo, 1982
B.A. in Philosophy, Lake Forest College, 1973
California State University, San Bernardino (1978-1979)
Phi Beta Kappa
University of Redlands Outstanding Faculty Award (for Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity)
"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 and Berberet, A New Faculty Compact. Anker, 2002
(with Nancy Carrick) The Persuasive Pen: An Integrated Approach to Reasoning and Writing, Jones and Bartlett, 1997.
(with Susan Finsen) "The Animal Rights Movement in America: From Compassion to Respect," Twayne Publishers, 1994.
Asian Studies Advisory Committee