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Wade L. Robison

Curriculum Vitae

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College of Liberal Arts
Department of Philosophy
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester NY 14623
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Educational Record:

University of Maryland -- B.A. 1962, major philosophy, minor English, with high honors, Phi Kappa Phi

University of Wisconsin-Madison--Ph.D. 1968, major philosophy, minor law
Thesis: The Limits of Empiricism: On the Possibility of a Private Language

Fellowships, Grants, Institutes, Prizes:
  1. Teaching fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1962-63
  2. University Scholar, University of Wisconsin, 1963-64
  3. Ford Area Foundation Fellow in Comparative Philosophical Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1964-65
  4. Special Summer Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1965
  5. WARF Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1965
  6. Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Summer 1966
  7. Summer Fellowship, Ohio State Development Fund, 1969
  8. Philosophical Council Institute in Political and Legal Philosophy, Irvine, California, Summer 1969
  9. Grant-in-aid from Ohio State Development Fund, Summer 1971
  10. Assigned Research, Oxford University, England, Fall and Winter, 1971 72
  11. Philosophical Council Institute in Early Modern Philosophy, Roger Williams College, Bristol, Rhode Island, Summer 1974
  12. Hastings Institute Workshop in Medical Ethics, Manhattanville College, New York, June 22-29, 1975
  13. Lilly Library Small Grant for Research, Indiana University, Summer 1977
  14. Philosophical Council Institute in Law and Philosophy, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Summer 1977
  15. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers, on îThe Supreme Court and Constitutional Change,î with C. Herman Pritchett, University of California-Santa Barbara, September 1977-June 1978
  16. Occasional Fellow, University of Chicago, March 1979
  17. Danforth Associate, 1978-87
  18. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1979
  19. Fellow, Program on Human Values and Ethics, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Spring 1980
  20. Workshop for Teaching Philosophy, Philosophical Council, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Summer 1981
  21. National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Ethical Issues in the Human Services, SUNY-Binghamton, Summer 1982
  22. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, ěPolitical Experience and Political Thought in Revolutionary America,î Jack Rakove, History, Stanford University, Summer 1984
  23. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, 1988-89
  24. Director, Summer Institute on ěDavid Hume and the Enlightenment,î 1990, at Dartmouth College, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
  25. Recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Prize for Social Science and Public Policy for Decisions in Doubt: The Environment and Public Policy (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994)
  26. Director, Program in Ethics Across the Curriculum, Winter 1998-Winter 2000, funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education
  27. Director, Supplemental Grant for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Spring 2000-Spring 2001, funded by FIPSE
  28. Director, NEH Focus grant for examining how best to institute a major in philosophy at a technological institute
  29. Co-principal investigator, NSF grant on A Multidisciplinary Course in Nanotechnology: Principles, Applications, Ethics, and Social Change, NSF Grant No. SES-0304308, 2003-4
  30. National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar in “The Early American Republic and the Problem of Governance,” sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, June 6-30, 2005
Academic Employment: Professional Societies: Consulting, conferences, and other professional activities: Committees and councils: Books:
  1. Medical Responsibility: Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Euthanasia, ed. with Michael Pritchard, Clinton, N.J.: Humana Press, 1979
  2. McGill Hume Studies, ed. with N. Capaldi and D. Norton, San Diego, California: Austin Hill Press, Inc., 1979
  3. Profits and Professions: Essays in Business and Professional Ethics, ed. with J. Ellin and M. Pritchard, Clinton, N.J.: Humana Press, 1983
  4. Decisions in Doubt: The Environment and Public Policy, recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Prize for Social Science and Public Policy, Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1994
  5. Ethical Decision Making in Social Work, with Linda Reeser (Social Work, Western Michigan University), Allyn & Bacon, 2000
  6. Ethics: Theory and Practice, with others, in its 4th edition, written for a course developed for Regents College, 2000
  7. The Legal Philosophy of Michael Bayles, editor, anthology of his writings in philosophy of law, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002
  8. Health Care Reform: Ethics and Politics, ed. with Timothy Engstrom, Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press, 2006
Articles and reviews:
  1. "Hume's Scepticism," Dialogue, Vol. XII, NO. 1 (Spring 1973), pp. 87-99; reprinted in Stanley Tweyman, ed., David Hume: Critical Assessments, Routledge
  2. "On the Consequential Claim that Hume is a Pragmatist," The Journal of Critical Analysis, Vol. IV, No. 4 (Jan/Apr 1973), pp. 141-153
  3. ABSTRACT: "Rawls's Contractarianism," The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. LXX, No. 18 (October 25, 1973), p. 658
  4. "Hume on Personal Identity," Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. XII, No. 2 (April 1974), pp. 181-193
  5. "Galileo on the Moons of Jupiter," Annals of Science, Vol. 31, No. 2 (1974), pp. 165-169
  6. Review of David Lyons, In the Interest of the Governed: A Study of Benthamís Philosophy of Law and Utility, in Philological Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Fall 1975), pp. 898-899
  7. "Hume's Ontic Commitments," The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 102 (January 1976), pp. 39-47
  8. "The Function and Limits of Legal Authority," in Authority: A Philosophical Analysis, ed. R. Baine Harris, University of Alabama Press (Alabama: 1976), pp. 112-131
  9. "Just procedures and just results," Kalamazoo College Magazine, 1976
  10. "David Hume: Naturalist and Meta-sceptic," in Hume: A Re-evaluation, ed. James King and Donald Livingston, Fordham University Press (New York: 1976), pp. 23-49
  11. "Philosophy and Public Policy: A Look at PBB," The Michigan Connection (Newsletter for the Michigan Council for the Humanities), Spring 1977, pp. 7 & 12
  12. "Persons and Punishment," in Equality and Freedom: International and Comparative Jurisprudence, ed. Gray Dorsey, Oceana Publications & A. W. Sijthoff (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: 1977), pp. 219-225
  13. "Hume's Causal Scepticism," in David Hume: Bicentenary Papers, ed. G. P. Morice, Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh: 1977), pp. 156-166
  14. "Relationships Between Philosophy and Business and Professional Ethics," with M. Pritchard, Business and Professional Ethics, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 1978), pp. 7-9
  15. Review of Harry M. Bracken, Berkeley, in Bibliography of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, n.s. 1977, pp. 168-169
  16. "Justifying Environmental Legislation: A Response to Professor Bayles," in Law and the Ecological Challenge: AMINTAPHIL II, ed. Eugene E. Dais, Wm. S. Hein & Co. (Buffalo: 1978), pp. 144-149
  17. "Rawls and Other Beings," in Law and the Ecological Challenge: AMINTAPHIL II, ed. Eugene E. Dais, Wm. S. Hein & Co. (Buffalo: 1978), pp. 205-216
  18. "In Defense of Hume's Appendix," in McGill Hume Studies, Austin Hill Press (San Diego: 1979), pp. 89-99
  19. "The Constitution and Contract Theory," in Values in Law, Proceedings of the Fourteenth Conference on Value Inquiry, SUNY-Geneseo, 1980, pp. 184-203
  20. "Justice and the Treatment of Animals: A Critique of Rawls," with M. Pritchard, Environmental Ethics, Vol. 3 (Spring 1981), pp. 55-61
  21. "Response to 'Children's Rights and Parents' Virtues," in Child Nurturance, ed. A. C. Cafagna, R. T. Peterson, and C. A. Stadenbaur, Philosophy, Children and the Family, Vol. I, Plenum Press (New York: 1982), pp. 175-177
  22. "One Consequence of Hume's Nominalism," Hume Studies, Vol. VIII, No. 2 (November 1982), pp. 102-118
  23. "Issues of Privacy in Medicine," Medical Humanities Report, Michigan State University (Vol. 4, No. 3), pp. 2-4
  24. "Management and Ethical Decision-making," Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 3 (1984), pp. 287-291
  25. "Commentary: Cummins on Hume and Berkeley," Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society, Vol. 10 (1985), Special Issue on Berkeley, pp. 108 111
  26. "Patients and Privacy," The Social and Health Review, No. 3 (1986), pp. 92 & 95
  27. "Hume and the Constitution," in Constitutionalism: The Philosophical Dimension, ed. Alan S. Rosenbaum (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988), pp. 31-53
  28. Review of Alan Schwerin, The Reluctant Revolutionary, Bulletin of the Hume Society, Vol. XIV, No. 1 (Spring 1990), p. 5
  29. "David Hume's Political Revolution," in Law and Enlightenment in Britain, Vol. III of Enlightenment, Rights and Revolution, ed. Tom D. Campbell (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1990), pp. 31-44
  30. Review of Galen Strawson, The Secret Connexion, in The Bulletin of the Hume Society, Vol. XIV, No. 2 (Fall 1990), p. 6
  31. "Frozen Embryoes and Frozen Concepts," in Biomedical Ethics Reviews: 1991, ed. James Humber and Robert Almeder (Clifton, N. J.: The Humana Press, 1991), pp. 59-88
  32. "Subordinates and Moral Dilemmas," Business and Professional Ethics, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 1991), pp. 3-22
  33. "Research Funding and the Value of Science," with John T. Sanders, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Vol. II, No. 1 (Spring 1992), pp. 33-50
  34. "Constitutional Argument and Contract Theory," Praktische Vernunft und Theorien der Gerechtigkeit, Vol. II, special edition of Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1992), pp. 185-194
  35. "Comments on Cases," in Teaching Engineering Ethics: A Case Study Approach, ed. Michael Pritchard (Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan: 1992), NSF Grant #8820837
  36. " The Constitution and the Nature of Law,"Law and Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 5-32; this issues includes a brief introduction on Michael Bayles
  37. "The Myths of Academia: Open Inquiry and Funded Research," with John T. Sanders, The Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Winter 1993), pp. 227-250
  38. "Hume and the Experimental Method of Reasoning,"Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 1994), pp. 29-37
  39. "Accounting Ethics," foreword for a joint issue in accounting ethics, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Vol. 13, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring & Summer, 1994), pp. 3-8
  40. "Hume on Spatial Contiguity," Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall 1995), pp. 49-64
  41. "In the Face of Doubt: The Environment and Public Policy," Prize Address for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Prize in Social Science and Public Policy, Occasional Paper Series, #5, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College
  42. "Moral Issues in Accounting," with Bruce Oliver (Accounting, RIT), introduction to special issue of Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Summer 1995), pp. 3-11
  43. "Constitutional Adjudication and Contract Theory," Archiv fur Rechts und Sozialphilosohie, Beiheft 60, Law, Justice and the State III: Problems in Law, ed. Arend Soeteman and Mikael M. Karlsson (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1995), pp. 98-112
  44. "Monopoly with Sick Moral Strangers," in Reading Engelhardt,: Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., ed. Brendon Minogue, Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, and James E. Reagan (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997), pp. 95-112
  45. "Liberalism and Radical Critiques of the Law," in Radical Critiques of the Law, ed. Stephen Griffin and Robert Moffat (Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1997), pp. 205-214
  46. "False Light," in Liberty, Equality, and Plurality, ed. Larry May, Jonathan Schonsheck, and Christine Sistare (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997), pp. 171-190.
  47. "Privacy and Personal Identity," Ethics and Behavior, Vol. 7, #3 (September 1997), 195-205
  48. "Fairness' Revisited: Does The Accounting Profession Provide a Helpful Example?", with Roger Bartlett (California State at Sacramento), Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 17-36
  49. "Causation/Power," The Encyclopedia of Empiricism, ed. Edward Barbanell & Don Garrett (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997), pp. 63-68
  50. "Hard Cases and Natural Law," in Law, Justice and Culture, ed. Andre Jean Arnaud & Peter Toller (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1998), 49-55
  51. "Privacy and the Appropriation of Identity," in Goren Collste, Ethics in the Age of Information, Technology Centre for Applied Ethics, Linkoping, 2000), pp. 70-86.
  52. Review of Suicide and Euthanasia: Historial and Contemporary Themes, ed. Baruch A. Brody & Suicide: Right or Wrong?, ed. John Donnelly, in Teaching Philosophy, forthcoming
  53. "The Dispute Between Liberals and Communitarians," in Liberalism and Community, ed. Robert Moffat, Cornelius Murphy, and Noel Reynolds, The Edwin Mellen Press, forthcoming
  54. "Social Equality and Real Equality of Opportunity," for the volume, Ideals, Values, and Humanity: Studies in the Thought of Warren Steinkraus, ed. Walter Wright, Value Enquiry Book Series by Editions Rodolpi, forthcoming
  55. "Civility and Stability," in Civility and Its Discontents: Essays on Civil Virtue, Toleration and Cultural Fragmentation, ed. Jonathan Schonsheck, University of Nebraska, forthcoming
  56. "Representation and Misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton Thiokol Engineers on the Challenger," with Roger Boisjoly, David Hoeker, and Stefan Young, Science and Engineering Ethics, forthcoming January 2001
  57. "The Changing Forms of Psychiatric Care," in ‘Mental Illness and Public Health Care,’ Biomedical Ethics Review, forthcoming 2001,
OpEd articles
  1. ěPBB: What we ought to do,î Kalamazoo Gazette, July 21, 1976, p. A7
  2. "An Unhealthy System: Health care must, and should, change,"Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, New York, March 22, 1995, p. 7A
  3. "How are we to respond to such horror?,' (On the impregnation of a comatose woman), Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, New York, January 21, 1996, p. 13A
  4. "Downsizing," Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, New York, July 9, 1996
  5. "What's going on here? RIT focuses eye on CIA, other research," Democrat & Chronicle, November 6, 1996, p. A25
  6. "Ethics and public policy collide in judgments of capital punishment," Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, New York, October 2, 2000, p. 7A
Papers and presentations
  1. ěThe method of language-games,î Ohio State University Leighton Philosophy Club, Summer 1969
  2. ěPersonal Identity,î Ohio University-Zanesville, Fall 1970
  3. ěHumeís Appendix and Personal Identity,î Ohio State University Colloquium, Spring 1971
  4. ěHumeís Theory of Relations,î Ohio Philosophical Association Annual Meetings, Spring 1972; printed in Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, 1972, pp. 16-27
  5. ěHumeís Scepticism,î American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, Spring 1972
  6. ěJustifying Environmental Legislation: A Response to Bayles,î AMINTAPHIL Conference on Law and the Ecological Challenge, Spring 1973
  7. ěHumeís Two Definitions of Cause,î American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, Spring 1973; versions of this paper were read at an Ohio State University Colloquium, Summer 1970, and at Western Michigan University, Fall 1970
  8. ěRawlsís Contractarianism,î American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Winter 1973; versions of this paper were read at Western Michigan University, Fall 1972, at an Ohio State University Colloquium, Summer 1973, and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, March 1975
  9. ěJustice and the Treatment of Animals: A Critique of Rawls,î with Michael Pritchard, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, Spring 1974; a version of this paper was read at an Ohio State University Colloquium, Winter 1973
  10. ěKant on Hume on Causation,î Conference on the Heritage of Kant, Western Michigan University & Kalamazoo College, Winter 1974; printed in The Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society, Vol. I, No. 4 (1974), pp. 281-94
  11. ěHumeís Immaterial Self,î Canadian Philosophical Association Meetings, Toronto, Spring 1974
  12. ěComments on ëA Perspective on Novelty in Evolutionary Developmentí,î Ohio Philosophical Association Annual Meetings, Spring 1974
  13. ěHumeís Scepticism Concerning Causation,î Third Hume Conference, Northern Illinois University, Fall 1974
  14. ěHumeís Ontic Commitments,î American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Spring 1975; a version of this paper was read at the University of Southern California, Spring 1974, and at Western Michigan University, March 1975
  15. ěPersons and Punishment,î Eighth World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, St. Louis, Missouri, July 24-29, 1975 and at Western Michigan University, October 1975
  16. ěThe Ideological Background of the American Revolution,î University of Dayton Colloquium on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, September 19-20, 1975
  17. ěIn Defense of Humeís Appendix,î in a symposium with Terrence Penelhum (Calgary) and Nathan Brett (Toronto), Fourth Annual Hume Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 1975; presented at California State at Northridge, May 1978
  18. Symposium on Passive Euthanasia, Michigan State University, February 1976
  19. Comment on ěBerkeleyís Inherence Principle,î by Nathan Oaklander (University of Michigan-Flint), Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences, March 1976
  20. ěThinking of Humeís Uniformity Thesis,î American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, New Orleans, March 1976; presented at the University of Southern California, March 1978 and at the Hume Society Meetings, Dublin, Ireland, August 1981
  21. ěHumeís Causal Scepticism,î Edinburgh Bicentennial Hume Conference, August 1976
  22. ěComment on ëThe Social Background of Humeís Science of Human Natureí,î by James Moore (Concordia), McGill Bicentennial Hume Congress, Montreal, Fall 1976
  23. Comment on ěLimited Government and Property Rights,î by D. A. J. Richards (Fordham), AMINTAPHIL Conference on Minimal Government, Des Moines, Iowa, Fall 1976
  24. ěBusiness Ethics,î Business-Academia Dialogue, Kalamazoo College, March 1977
  25. ěNozickís Minimal Government,î Symposium at Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences, March 1977
  26. ěDisillusionment and the Process of Education,î Symposium on Education in a Disillusioned World, California State at Fullerton, March 1978
  27. Comment on ěOn Beginning to Exist: Humeís Two Questions,î by Jese Bernardete (Syracuse), American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, San Francisco, March 1978
  28. ěAbortion and the Right to Privacy,î Conference on Privacy, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, April 1978
  29. ěMedical Ethics and Scientific Experimentation,î Conference in Bio-medical Ethics, Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October 1978
  30. ěAnimals and Rawls,î University of Michigan-Flint, March 1979
  31. ěOn Having Rights and ëA Right to Lifeí,î Hope College Series on Public Lectures on Caring and Curing: The Humanities and Medicine, October 10, 1979
  32. ěAccountability, Liability, and Responsibility,î AMINTAPHIL Conference on Accountability, Austin, Texas, October 12-14, 1979
  33. ěApplied Philosophy: The Underlying Rationale,î American Philosophical Association Special Colloquium arranged by the APA Teaching Committee, December 1979
  34. ěThe Constitution and Contract Theory,î Political Science Section, Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences, March 1980
  35. ěRawls and the Original Position,î Philosophy Section, Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences, March 1980
  36. ěIntrusion and disclosure in medical settings,î Program on Human Values and Ethics, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, April 1981
  37. ěStraightsburgh and Prostitution: Principled Decision-making,î AMINTAPHIL Conference on Harm, London, Ontario, April 1981
  38. ěPerfect Patients, Perfect Physicians,î in a series on Everyday Health Decisions: Whose Choice and How?, Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 1982
  39. ěThe Moral Majority: A Revolutionary Movement,î at various local organizations in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo (e.g. AAUW)
  40. ěDo We Need a Square Tomato: Business Ethics and Conflicts,î at various local organizations
  41. ěWhose Life Is It Anyway?î, panel presentation on the moral issues raised by the play, Kalamazoo, Michigan, funded by the Kalamazoo Area Council for the Humanities, October 1981 & March 1982
  42. ěIssues of Privacy in Medicine,î Medical Humanities Program, Michigan State University, April 1982
  43. ěAnimals and Humans, Evolution and Reason,î Hume Society Conference, York University, Toronto, August 1982
  44. ěComments on Property and Global Justice,î AMINTAPHIL Conference on On Economic Justice, University of Florida, Gainesville, January 1983
  45. ěPrivacy,î Department of Philosophy, Western Ontario, October 1983
  46. ěLegal Minds,î Hume Society Conference, University of Iceland, August 1984
  47. ěGrocers, Philosophers, and Ethics,î Symposium on Ethics and the Academy, Albion College, October 1984
  48. ěChildren: Their Right to Medical Treatment,î Panel Discussion with Drs. C. Shabino & S. Bach, Bronson Methodist Hospital, November 1984
  49. ěCummins on Hume and Berkeley,î comments on paper by Phil Cummins (Iowa), Conference on Berkeley, Kalamazoo College-Western Michigan University, March 1985
  50. ěBridging the Gap: The Humanities, Business, and the Professions,î Panel discussion of presentation by Thomas Beauchamp (Georgetown), March 1986
  51. ěHume on Verbal Disputes,î comment on E. Steinbergís ěHume on Liberty, Necessity and Verbal Disputes,î Hume Society Conference, Edinburgh University, August 25-26, 1986
  52. ěThe Constitution and Contract Theory,î AMINTAPHIL Conference on the Constitution, Temple University, Philadelphia, November 1986
  53. ěThe Constitution and the Nature of Law,î Conference on the Bicentennial of the Constitution: A Celebration, Hofstra University, April 23-25, 1987
  54. Comments on John R. Snowden, ěInnocents and Innocence: Moral Puzzles of Professional Status and Culpable Conduct,î Conference on Moral Problems in the Profession, University of Nebraska, March 1990
  55. ěSubordinates and Moral Dilemmas,î Rochester Institute of Technology, April 1990; The Second Annual Critical Perspectives Symposium: Regulation, and Profeesionalism in Accounting, New York, March 23-24, 1991
  56. ěDred Scott: Morality and the Rule of Law,î Wooster, Denison, Oberlin and Kenyon Annual Spring Colloquium, April 1990; versions of this paper were read at Hope College, November 1990, and at Rochester Institute of Technology, April 1991
  57. ěRawls and Constitutional Adjudication,î Western Ontario, May 1990; various versions of this paper have been presented elsewhere (e.g. McGill University, March 1991)
  58. ěDescartes and Hume on Causal Relations,î Kalamazoo College Faculty Colloquium, May 1990; NEH Institute on David Hume and the Enlightenment, July 1990; University of Cincinnati Colloquium on Hume, May 1991; SUNY Oswego, December 1991; University of Florida, February 1992; University of Tulsa, February 1994; University of Oklahoma, February 1994; Oklahoma State University, February 1994
  59. ěThe structures and implications of Humeís arguments regarding causation,î NEH Institute on David Hume and the Enlightenment, July 1990
  60. ěHume and the Experimental Method of Reasoning,î Midwest American Society for Eighteenth Century-Studies, Annual Meeting, Western Illinois University, October 11-13, 1990; Southwestern Philosophy Society Meeting, New Orleans, November 11-13, 1993
  61. ěThe Dispute Between Liberalism and Communitarianism,î AMINTAPHIL Meeting, University of Utah, October 1990
  62. ěHume on Animals,î Comments on a presentation at the Hume Society Meeting, APA Pacific Division Meetings, San Francisco, March 1991
  63. ěResolving Ethical Dilemmas in Multi-Cultural Families,î with Linda Reeser (School of Social Work, Western Michigan University), 15th Annual Conference Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Work, Troy, Michigan, May 9-11, 1991
  64. Four workshops for faculty on ěHume and the Enlightenment,î funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, May 21-23, 1991
  65. ěConstitutional Argument and Contract Theory,î International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, 1991 Congress, G–ttingen, Germany, August 1991
  66. ěOn Loss of Trust,î National Conference on Ethics and the Professions, University of Florida, January 30-30-February 1, 1992
  67. Panel on the Ethics of Resource Allocation, in a Conference on Medicine in the Modern Age: Medical Ethics for a Changing World, McGill University, Montreal, February 7-9, 1992
  68. ěThe Myths of Academia: Open Enquiry and Funded Research,î with John T. Sanders, First Annual Conference, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Indianapolis, March 6-7, 1992
  69. Panelist on ethics in the media, First Annual Conference, Association for Practial and Professional Ethics, Indianapolis, March 6-7, 1992
  70. ěMoral Problems in Social Work,î with Linda Reeser (School of Social Work, Western Michigan University), Western Michigan University, April 3, 1992
  71. ěHumean Skepticism: Response to ëConceptual Divergences in Sextus and Humeí,î American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Louisville, April 23-26, 1992
  72. ěHume on Persons and Passions,î Conference on Passions, Persons, Powers, University of California at Berkeley, April 30-May 2, 1992
  73. ěSocial Equality and Real Equality of Opportunity,î The Warren Steinkraus Lectures on Human Ideals, SUNY-Oswego, October 3, 1992; presented at Wells College, February 1993
  74. ěHard Choices and Just Solutions,î Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference, Justice in Health Care: Medicine, Ethics, and Economics, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, October 15-16, 1992
  75. Invited discussant at a roundtable at the Hume Conference at the Santa Clara University, February 1993
  76. ěAccounting: The Public Trust,î Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Second Annual Meeting, University of Maryland, March 1993
  77. ěHume on Probable Reasoning,î Comments on Claudia Schmidt, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, San Francisco, March 1993
  78. ěProfessionalism and Integrity,î Professional Engineering Society, Rochester, New York, March 1993
  79. ěBorn a Man, Died a Grocer,î Guest Speaker, Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Class of 1993, Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Business, May 1993
  80. ěResolving Ethical Problems in Working with Multi-Problem Families,î with Linda Reeser (School of Social Work, Western Michigan University), Conference on Rhetoric and Reality, Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, Traverse City, Michigan, May 1993
  81. ěConstitutional Adjudication and Contract Theory,î Sixteenth World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, ěLaw, Justice and the State,î University of Iceland, May 26-June 2, 1993
  82. Comments on ěThe Human Genome Program: Legal, Ethical and Social Implications of Human Genetic Researchë by Peter A. Lalley, 1993 Faculty Colloquium Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, December 6, 1993
  83. ěFalse Presumptions in Environmental Thinking,î Oklahoma State University, February 1994
  84. ěThe Moral Significance of Dred Scott,î Phi Alpha Theta, The History Honorary Society, Oklahoma State University, February 1994
  85. Lectures in engineering ethics, Rochester Institute of Technology, March 18 24, 1994, Fall 1995
  86. ěThe Ethical Responsibilities of Teaching and Supporting Student Writing,î Rochester Institute of Technology, March 1994
  87. ěCloning and Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos: Science and Society in Conflict?î, Panel Discussion, The Biotechnology Program, Rochester Institute of Technology, for the Paul Baker Show on WXXI, March 29, 1994
  88. ěThe Significance of Community Networks in Resolving Ethical Dilemmas,î with Linda Reeser (School of Social Work, Western Michigan Universtiy), Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Work, May 12, 1994
  89. ěTrust and the Rule of Law,î International Conference on Ethics in the Public Sector, ěCitizenís Trust and Authoritiesí Choices,î Center for Ethics and Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, June 15-18, 1994
  90. ěHumeís Theories of Belief,î 21st International Hume Society Conference, Rome, Italy, June 1994
  91. ěPrenatal Screening and Testing: Public Policy Issues,î panal discussion, Conference on Health Care Reform: Images and Ideals/Changes and Choices, Society for Health and Human Values, 1994 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, October 1994
  92. ěFalse Light,î AMINTAPHIL, 1994 Meeting, University of Charleston, November 1994
  93. ěIn the Face of Doubt: The Environment and Public Policy,î Prize Lecture, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College, November 1994
  94. ěTracking Harms: Resolving Cases in Social Work,î Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, November 1994
  95. ěMaking Decisions About Waste,î Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, November 1994
  96. ěSystemic Moral Problems in Business and the Professions,î Conference on Ethical Issues in Finance, University of Florida, January 1995
  97. ěMorality and the Environment,î The Author Series, St. John Fisher, Rochester, New York, February 2, 1995
  98. ěEnvironmental Decision-making,î Annual Conference, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Crystal City, Virginia, March 3-4, 1995
  99. Breakfast with the Author, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Crystal City, Virginia, March 3-4, 1994
  100. ěPBB Revisited: Making Reasonable Decisions in Situations of Doubt,î Center for the Study of Ethics, Western Michigan University, March 17, 1994
  101. ěHume on Factions,î comment on Frederick von Halthoonís ěDid Hume Inspire Madison to Write Federalist No. X?î, Conference on Hume and 18th Century America, College of William and Mary, Virginia, April 6-8, 1995
  102. ěHard Cases and Natural Law,î Seventeenth World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Bolognia, Italy, June 16-21, 1995
  103. ěëThe most puzzling puzzleí: Comments on Maria Montes, Hume, and James,î 22nd International Hume Society Conference, Park City, Utah, July 25-29, 1995
  104. ěMonopoly with Sick Moral Strangers,î Ethics, Medicine and Health Care: An Appraisal of the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., The Ethics Center, Youngstown State University & The Center for Ethics, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, September 29-30, 1995
  105. ěEthics in Politics,î Paul Baker Talk Show, WXXI, February 16, 1996
  106. ěError-provocative designs: ethics in engineering,î Colloquium in the College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, March 12, 1996
  107. ěEthics in Engineering Design,î three lectures, March 18-20, Rochester Institute of Technology
  108. ěRape, Pregnancy, and the Comatose Woman,î on ěAlive at 5,î Channel 8 TV, Rochester, New York
  109. ěBosnia, Quebec, and Dred Scott,î Annual Philosophy Lecture, Siena College, Loudonville, New York, April 11, 1996
  110. ěLife and Death: Assisted Suicide, Abortion, and Persistent Vegetative States,î Suny-Oneonta, Oneonta, New York, April 22, 1996
  111. Invited Comments on Marcia Baron, Utah Philosophy Conference on Impartiality, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 3-4, 1996
  112. ěPrivacy and Public Access,î Librarian Association, Lake Placid, New York, May 23, 1996
  113. "Liberal Democracies and Decision-making," AMINTAPHIL, October 31 November 2, 1996, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  114. Comments on ěBerkeleyís Argument from Perceptual Relativity,î by Faaborg, American Philosophical Association Western Division Meetings, San Francisco, March 1997
  115. ěMoral Reactions, Perception, and Awareness,î Comments on a paper by Margaret Holland, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Pittsburgh, April 1997
  116. "Privacy and Personal Identity," conference at the University of Link–ping, Sweden, June 9-11, 1997
  117. "Privacy and Appropriation," conference at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 11-13
  118. Invited address, ěNature and Convention,î 24th Annual Hume Society Conference, Monterey, California, July 29-August 2, 1997
  119. ěConstitutional Democracy and Civil Societies,î Conference on Eastern European Civil Society, Rochester Institute of Technology, September 24, 1997
  120. "Berkeley on Qualities," American Philosophical Society Pacific Division Meetings, Los Angeles, March 25-29, 1998
  121. Utah Valley State College, Visiting Scholar, to give a seminar on David Hume, May 14-15, and a seminar on Practical and Professional Ethics, May 18-22
  122. "Deep Scepticism: The Mind's Incoherence," Comments on Phil Cummins, 25th Hume Society Conference, Stirling, Scotland, July 20-25, 1998
  123. "Civility and Stability," Amintaphil Conference, Montreal, September 24-27, 1998
  124. "Systematic Moral Problems and the Professions," revised version of paper delivered at the University of Florida in 1996, Conference on business Ethics, DePaul Univerdsity, Chicago, October 28-31, 1998
  125. "Resolving Injustices Within Families," Conference on Informal Influences on Moral Development: Family, Faith, Media, and Community,' Association for Moral Education, Dartmouth College, November 18-22, 1998
  126. "Internal and External Ethical Problems," Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum, Utah Valley State College, December 10-11, 1998
  127. "Representation and Misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton-Thiokol Engineers on Challenger," with David Hoekman and Stefan Young, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Washington D.C., February 1999; also at the Conference on Ethics in Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, March 21-24, 1999; the Conference on Moral Education in a Diverse Society, at Duke University, April 9-11, 1999
  128. "Ethics Across the Curriculum," Liberty Hill Breakfast Series, February 17, 1999; the Atheneum, Rochester Institute of Technology, March 2, 1999
  129. Comments on Graciela DePierris, "Causal Skepticism and Naturalism in Hume's Enquiry," American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, March 31-April 3, 1999
  130. "A Constitutive Condition of Constitutions," IVR Conference, New York, June 1999
  131. "The Unruly Member," 26th Hume Society Conference, Cork, Ireland, July 1999
  132. "Calvin to Hobbes: Xenotransplantation and Transmogrification," Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1-5, 1999
  133. "Digital Monads," The Fourth ETHICOMP International Conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies, Rome, Italy, October 5-9, 1999
  134. "Can a Person Be In A Persistent Vegetative State?", Conference on Coma and Brain Death, Havana, February 22-25, 2000
  135. "Deep Skepticism and Backgammon," Amintaphil, San Diego, March 9-11, 2000
  136. "Alienation," invited paper, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Spring 2000
  137. "Web Predicates and Moral Space," The Fifth ETHICOMP International Conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies, Dartmouth College, June 2000
  138. "Impeaching a President," Invited Lecture, The Center for US. Studies, Stiftung Leucorea Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, June 3, 2000
  139. Community Lecture, "Error, Uncertainty and Ethics in Environmental Decision Making," RIT, October 17, 2000
  140. "Iíve been framed!," Invited paper for the Second Annual Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum, Salt lake City, University of Utah and Utah Valley State College, October 19-22, 2000
  141. "Considering The Death Penalty," Thursday Thinkers, Friends of the Library, Rochester, NY, February 15, 2001
  142. "The Unity of Hume's Thought," invited paper, Pacific Division Meetings, The Hume Society, April 2001
  143. Invited comments on "Whither Empiricism," Mind and Action III Conference, Lisbon, May 2001
  144. "Ethics in Computer Engineering," ETHICOMP 2001: Systems of the Information Society, Technical University of Gadansk in Poland,, Gdansk, Poland, June 18-20, 2001
  145. “Fairness and the Electoral Process in a Constitutional Democracy,” IVR, June 2001, Amsterdam
  146. “Reasoned Beliefs and Walking Miracles,” Panel discussion on Jennifer Herdt’s Religion and Faction in Hume’s Moral Philosophy, 28th Hume Society Conference, July 2001, Victoria
  147. Roundtable Discussion on Terrorism in America, Rochester Institute of Technology, September 17, 2001
  148. Panelist in the Applied Ethics Symposium, Roberts Wesleyan College, October 18, 2001
  149. Panelist on “America’s Response to Terrorism,” Rochester Institute of Technology, October 17, 2001
  150. St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Business Ethics Breakfast Seminar, “Downsizing: It’s a Fact -- Now What?”, Rochester NY, November 16, 2001
  151. “Internal and External Moral Relations,” 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, University of Florida, January 29-February 3, 2002
  152. Invited panelist for discussion of Ethics Across the Curriculum: A Practice Based Approach, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, March 2002
  153. “The Moral Crisis in Health Care,” 30th Annual Conference on Value Inquiry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 4-6, 2002
  154. “Ethics Across the Curriculum: Tit-for-Tat Plus,” University of Salisbury, April 26, 2002
  155. Lectures on David Hume, invited week-long series of lectures on the philosophy of David Hume, University of Helsinki, August 2002
  156. “Calvin and Hume,” Comments for the 29th Annual Hume Society Conference, University of Helsinki, August 6-10, 2002
  157. “Taney’s Moral Argument for Slavery,” Conference on Dred Scott: The Moral Foundations of the Constitution, Rochester Institute of Technology, October 11, 2003
  158. Presidential Address, Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Clemson University, October 24-27, 2003
  159. “Habeas Corpus,” Amintaphil Conference on Rights, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2003
  160. “Much Obliged,” Conference at the University of Otago, January 2003
  161. “Harrassment and Hostility,” Hale Ethics Series, Spring 2003
  162. “How to resolve harassment problems,” Hale Ethics Series, Spring 2003
  163. “Nano-ethics,” University of South Carolina, Darmstadt Germany
  164. “Ethics Across the Curriculum,” Keynote address, the University of Clemson Convocation, August 19, 2003
  165. “Professional Relations,” SEAC 4th Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2003
  166. “A Potential Module for Dissemination of Information, Education, and Research,” with Diane Hope and Paul Petersen, NSF Workshop, December 3 5, 2003
  167. “Ethics and Imaging,” University of South Carolina, March 2004
  168. “A Multidisciplinary Course in Nanotechnology: Principles, Applications, Ethics, and Social Change,” with Diane Hope, Paul Petersen, Tom Smith, and KSV Santhanam, American Chemistry Society, March 28-April 1, 2004
  169. “Stability and Incoherence in Hume’s Treatise,” Hume Society 30th Annual Conference, Japan, August 2-7, 2004
  170. “Liberal Arts and Technology,” College of Liberal Arts Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of RIT, October 11, 2004
  171. Presidential Address, SEAC 6th Annual Conference, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, October 14-17, 2004
  172. “Collateral Damage,” AMINTAPHIL, Stanford University, October 14-17, 2004; rapporteur.
  173. “Throwing Dice and Other Decision Procedures,” SUNY New Paltz, Philosophy Club, November 11, 2004
  174. Workshop on Ethics Across the Curriculum, SUNY New Paltz, November 12, 2004
  175. “Hume As Critic: Hume, Descartes, and Adam,” Conference on Hume and His Critics: A Conference on the Scottish Enlightenment, Baylor University, Waco, April 14-16, 2005
  176. “Bioinformatics and Privacy,” Third International Program on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, Rochester New York, June 4-6, 2005
  177. Panelist on Ethics Education in Bioengineering, Third International Program on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, Rochester New York, June 4-6, 2005
  178. “Nanobiotechnology and Decision Making,” Third International Program on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, Rochester New York, June 4-6, 2005
  179. “Lessons from Hume: A History of the Society,” Hume Society conference, Toronto, July 19-23, 2005
  180. “Cartesian Causal Connections,” Western New York History of Philosophy Group, Syracuse University, September 11, 2005
  181. 7th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Presidential Address. Sarasota, Florida, November 18, 2005
  182. “Moral Powers,” SEAC conference, November 17, 2005
  183. “Academic Integrity,” Academic Integrity: A New Look at Law, Policy and Practice, SUNY-Albany, Albany, NY, March 23-24, 2006
  184. “Flipping for Health Care,” University of Missouri-Rolla, April 19, 2006
  185. “Hume and High Rhetoric,” 33rd International Hume Conference, August 7-10, 2006, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz Germany
  186. “The Great Right: Habeas Corpus,” Amintaphil Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2-5, 2006
  187. “Civil Disobedience and the Civil War: Ethics in History,” 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Dartmouth College, November 16-18, 2006
  188. Presidential Address: “Moral Issues in Higher Education,” 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Dartmouth College, November 16-18, 2006
  189. “Health Care Reform: Ethics and Politics,” with Timothy Engstrom, President’s Breakfast Series at Liberty Hill, February 8, 2007; St. John Fisher, April 10, 2007; Grand Rounds, Highland Hospital, May 29, 2007
  190. “Professional Ethics and Nanotechnology,” University of Pennsylvania-Lock Haven, March 1, 2007
  191. “A Game-plan for Introducing Ethics Across the Curriculum,” University of Pennsylvania-Lock Haven, March 2, 2007
  192. “Bionanotechnology and Health Concerns,” University of Pennsylvania-Lock Haven, March 2, 2007
  193. “Nanobiotechnology, Ethics and Risks,” 4th International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, Brooklyn, New York, April 21-22, 2007
  194. “Diversity of Character,” Keynote address, 6th Annual Conference on Diversity, Rochester Institute of Technology, April 23, 2007
  195. “Hume on Beliefs and Dispositions,” 34th Annual Hume Conference, Boston Massachusetts, August 7-12, 2007
  196. “Cartesian Causal Connections: A Puzzle,” PUC-RIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 21, 2007
  197. “Hume, Descartes, and Adam,” III Coloquio Hume, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Belo-Horizonte, Brazil, August 28-31, 2007
  198. “Ethics Across the Curriculum: Becoming a Pro,” Union College, October 24, 2007
  199. “Design Problems and Ethics,“ WPE-2007 Workshop, Philosophy and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, October 29-31, 2007
  200. “Moral Children,” Panel discussion on Ethics in the Schools, 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Milltown Institute of the National University of Ireland, November 15-17, 2007
  201. “Truth and Trust,” Hale Ethics Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, March 20, 2008
  202. “Speaking Freely,” AMINTAPHIL Conference, September 25-28, 2008, Villanova University
  203. “In the Zone,” 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Towson University, November 14-16, 2008; accepted for the Conference on Academic Integrity, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  204. “Nanobiotechnology and Health Concerns,” The Fifth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Polytechnic Institute of New York University April 3-5, 2009
  205. “Likeness,” Conference on Berkeley, Cornell University, May 9, 2009
  206. “Hume’s Impartial Histories,” 36th Annual Hume Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 2009