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Curriculum Vitae

The University of Chicago

Department of Philosophy, the College, MacLean Center

for Clinical Medical Ethics, Divinity School

1115 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-7546



1971-1973 Harvard College, B.A. 1976

and Major: History and Literature


1978-1985 Harvard University, Ph.D. 1985

Field: Philosophy

1982-1983 Freie Universität Berlin

Field: Philosophy
Academic Employment

Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Professor of Philosophy, July 1, 2010 - present

Associate Professor of Philosophy, October 1, 1993 – June 30, 2010

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, October 1, 1985 - September 30, 1993
Areas of Specialization

Political Philosophy, History of Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Bioethics, Ethics

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Law


“Preparation for Proper Perception,” in Michael Quante and Amir Mohseni eds., Die Linkshegelianer, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, forthcoming 2014

“The Breadth of Moral Character,” in Garry Hagberg ed., Fictional Characters, Real Problems: Essays on the Ethical Content of Literature, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2014
“John Rawls and Karl Marx: Distributive Principles and Conceptions of the Person,” forthcoming in Chinese, 2014
“The Young Marx and the Middle-Aged Rawls,” in Jon Mandle and David Reidy, eds., A Companion to Rawls, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; published in German as, “Der junge Marx und der mittlere Rawls,” in Rahel Jaeggi and Daniel Loick eds., Nach Marx - Philosophie, Kritik, Praxis, Suhrkamp, 2013

“Two Types of Civic Friendship,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 16, no. 4, 2013

“Two Differences Between Law and Literature,” in Martha Nussbaum and Richard Strier eds., Shakespeare and the Law, University of Chicago Press, 2013

“Nineteenth Century Ideals: Self-Culture and the Religion of Humanity,” in Allen W. Wood and Songsuk Susan Hahn eds., The Cambridge History of Philosophy in the 19th Century, Cambridge University Press, 2012

“Agency and Authenticity: Which Value Grounds Patient Choice?” (with John Lantos), Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, vol. 32, no. 4, 2011

“Comment on Miller and Truog,” American Philosophical Association online Newsletter: Philosophy and Medicine, vol. 10, no. 1, Fall 2010

“Styles of Self-Absorption,” in G. Hagberg and W. Jost eds., A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
“Marx’ Neuer Mensch,” in German in C. Zurn and H. Schmidt am Busch eds., Anerkennung, Akademie Verlag, 2009; published in English as “Producing for Others,” in C. Zurn and H. Schmidt am Busch eds., The Philosophy of Recognition: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Rowman and Littlefield, 2010
“Losing Dignity: Review of Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President’s Council on Bioethics,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Summer 2009
“The Real Me?” Reply to Critics, Hastings Center Report, July-August 2009
“Choosing for Another: Beyond Autonomy and Best Interests,” Hastings Center Report, vol. 39, no. 2, March-April 2009; published simultaneously in Asian Bioethics Review, vol. 1, no. 1, 2009
“Grand Ideals: Mill’s Two Perfectionisms,” History of Political Thought, vol. 29, no. 3, Autumn 2008
“Just Deserts?” Reply to Critics, Hastings Center Report, May-June 2007
“Are Alcoholics Less Deserving of Liver Transplants?” Hastings Center Report, January-February 2007, reprinted in J. Parks and Victoria Wilke eds., Bioethics in a Changing World, Pearson 2009
“On Noncoercive Establishment,” Political Theory, vol. 33, no. 6, December 2005
“Marlow’s Morality,” Philosophy and Literature, vol. 27, no. 2, October 2003
“Justification and Radicalism in the 1844 Marx: A Response to Professor Abbey,” Political Theory, vol. 30, no. 1, February 2002
“Justifying a Conception of the Good Life: The Problem of the 1844 Marx,” Political Theory, vol. 29, no. 3, June 2001; published in German as “Zur Rechtfertigung einer Konzeption des guten Lebens beim frühen Marx,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, no. 3, 2002
Marx’s Attempt to Leave Philosophy, Harvard University Press, 1998; to be published in Chinese, 2015
Lord Jim and Moral Judgment: Literature and Moral Philosophy,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 56, no. 3, Summer 1998
“Community and Completion,” in A. Reath, B. Herman, C. Korsgaard eds., Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls, Cambridge University Press, 1997; published in German as “Gemeinschaft als Ergänzung,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, vol. 58, no. 2, 2010.
“Two Links of Law and Morality,” Ethics, vol. 103, no. 2, January 1993
“Hypothetical Consent and Moral Force,” Law and Philosophy, vol. 10, no. 3, 1991
“Knowledge and Silence: The Golden Bowl and Moral Philosophy,” Critical Inquiry, vol. 16, no. 2, Winter 1990
Work in Progress
“‘Pregnancy is Not a Disease’: Conscientious Refusal and the Argument from Concepts” (submitted for publication)

“Choosing a Conception of the Person”

Studies in Concern, Respect and Dependence (book project)
“A Justified Asymmetry” (with Mark Siegler)
“Hume’s Two Voices”
Administrative Positions 2012-2013

Program Committee, Human Rights Program

Director of Graduate Admissions, Philosophy Department

Franke Institute for the Humanities Board

Ethics Search Committee, Philosophy Department

MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

Editorial Positions

Associate Editor, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

Editorial Board, Ethics

Associate Editor, Ethics, 1997-2010


University of Chicago, Franke Institute Fellowship, 2001-2002

University of Chicago Humanities Center Fellowship, Winter 1992

NEH Summer Stipend, 1989

University of Chicago Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship, 1988

George Plimpton Adams Dissertation Prize in Philosophy (Harvard), 1986

Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 1984-85

Fulbright Fellowship, 1982-83

Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, 1982-83

Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society Grant: “Health and Human Rights in the Humanities: Building Capacity with Human Rights Principles,” 2013-14


German and French

Talks 2003-2013

“The (Herd of) Elephants in the Room: Conflicts of Harms and Who Will Resolve Them,” invited lecture for the 25th Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Conference, Chicago, November, 15-16, 2013

“Conscience and Reasons: Personal, Conceptual and Political Reasons in Clinical Care,” invited lecture at University of Texas Law School, October 3, 2013

“The Good Life and Its Justification in the 1844 Marx,” invited lecture at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, April 3, 2013

“The Idea of the Social Contract in Western Philosophy,” invited lecture at the University of Chicago Beijing Center, April 2, 2013

“Rawls and Marx: Distributive Principles and Conceptions of the Person,” a series of four invited public lectures at Fudan University, Shanghai, March 2013

“Conscientious Refusal in Health Care,” invited talk to University of Chicago Medical School student group, January 31, 2013

“Choosing a Conception of the Person,” Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, Boston, November 15-17, 2012

“Clinician or Collective Action Cop?” invited lecture for the 24th Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Conference, Chicago, November, 9-10, 2012

“Medical License?” paper at the 14th American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Conference, Washington, D.C., October 18-21, 2012

“Professional License?” paper at the 26th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Afula, Israel, August 21-24, 2012

Invited participation at workshop, “On the Right to Benefit from Science,” American Association for the Advancement of Science, June 23, 2012, Newark, Delaware

“Professional License?” paper at the conference, Responding to the Call of the Sick: Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today, Chicago, May 23-25, 2012

“Concerning Concern,” invited paper for the conference, Work and Worth, University of Virginia, April 13-14 2012

“Feuerbach and Preparation for Perception,” invited paper for the conference, Religion, Recht und Staat im Junghegelianismus, University of Münster, March 14-17, 2012

“Professional License?” invited paper, Midwest Faculty Seminar, University of Chicago, February 24, 2012

“Two Routes to the Two Principles,” Association for Political Theory Conference, South Bend, Indiana, October 13-15, 2011

Panel on National Health Service Violation of Human Rights in Guatemala, Religion and Bioethics Workshop, October 3, 2011

Organized and chaired session, “Befreiung,” at Internationaler Hegelkongress 2011, Stuttgart, June 23-25, 2011

“Issues in the Justification of Abortion,” invited lecture to the Chicago Family Planning Journal Club, May 19, 2011

“Marx Plus Rawls (Or Vice-Versa),” Western Political Science Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 21-24, 2011

“Marx Plus Rawls (Or Vice-Versa),” invited paper at the Marx on Freedom and Community Workshop, University of Sussex, England, April 1 and 2, 2011

“Two Types of Civic Friendship,” invited paper at the Karl Marx and the Philosophy of Recognition Workshop, Münster University, Germany, November 11 and 12, 2010

“Two Types of Civic Friendship,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 21-23, 2010

“Two Types of Civic Friendship,” invited paper at the conference “Politics as a Moral Question,” University of Chicago Divinity School, October 14-16, 2010

“Literature as Moral Data: Literature as Acknowledgement,” at the conference
“Colloque International: Philosophie et literature,” in Pau, France, March 10-12, 2010

“Comment on Miller”; invited comment on Franklin G. Miller, “Organ Donation without the Dead Donor Rule,” at the session, “Rethinking the Ethics of Vital Organ Transplantation,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, February 20, 2010

“Marx’s Concern/Appreciation Ideal,” Rethinking Marxism Conference, Amherst, MA, November 2009

“Two Differences between Literature and Law,” invited paper at Shakespeare and the Law Conference, University of Chicago Law School, May 15, 16, 2009

“The Doctor’s Dilemma,” 3rd International In Sickness and in Health conference, Victoria, British Columbia, April, 2009

“Equal Reciprocal Concern,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2009

“Concern Versus Respect,” invited paper at MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago Hospitals, February 18, 2009

“Loneliness, Alienation and Aesthetic Transformation in Conrad’s Nostromo,” Radical Philosophy Association Conference, San Francisco, November 2008

“Marx's New Man,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Wesleyan, Connecticut, October 2008

“Marx's New Man,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder Colorado, August 2008

“Marx's New Man,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2008

“Three Values in Surrogacy,” Conference on Value Inquiry, Trenton, N.J. April 2008

“Should Marx be Treated like a Dead Dog?” invited paper at University of Chicago Graham School, “Works of the Mind” series, April 2008

“Marx and Mill: Recognition and Sympathy,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 2007

“Envy, Self-Worth and Sincerity,” invited paper at Midwest Faculty Seminar, March 2007

“Substitutive Judgment: The Limits of Autonomy,” invited lecture for the 18th Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Conference, Chicago, November 2006

“Two Vices: Amour-Propre and Envy, Rousseau and Rawls,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2006

“Deserving to Die?” Association for Applied Philosophy Conference, Manchester, England, July 2006

“Marx’s Two Communisms,” invited paper at the Newberry Library, Chicago, May 2006

“Envy, Grudgingness, and Political Philosophy,” invited paper at Conference on Envy, the Einstein Forum, Berlin, February 2006

“Training or Restraining Desire,” invited paper at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, November 2005

“No Small Plans: J. S. Mill and the Pursuit of Grand Ideals,” Association for Political Theory Conference, St. Louis, October 2005

“Legitimacy Criteria for Noncoercive State Action,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Colorado Springs, October 2004

“On Noncoercive Religious Establishment,” invited paper at the conference “Religion and the Democratic Prospect,” University of Chicago, October 2004

“On Noncoercive Religious Establishment,” American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, September 2004

“Make No Small Plans: Mill, Marx, and the Problem of Ambitious Ideals,” Franke Institute, University of Chicago, October 2003

“Good Versus Good,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2003

“Conflicting Ideals in Mill and Marx,” Conference on Value Inquiry, Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 2003

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