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Talks and Papers
Revised: Winter, 2003
- Calvin College, B.A., 1966.
- Princeton University, M.A., 1969; Ph.D.,
- University of Michigan, M.A., 1972.
Ph.D. Thesis: Orienting Oneself Rationally: Kant's
Constructive Philosophy of Religion.
II. Employment and Teaching
- St. Olaf: Assistant Professor, 1972-78;
- Associate Professor, 1978-87; Professor, 1987-;
- Boldt Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities, 2000-03.
Have taught philosophy courses on normative ethics, metaethics, social
and political philosophy, values and agriculture, logic, Kant, medical
ethics, death and the meaning of life, Aristotle, American philosophy,
phenomenology and existentialism, philosophy of religion, and metaphilosophy.
Have taught eighteen interdisciplinary values-related courses with sixteen
colleagues in Political Science, English, Religion, Education, Biology,
Sociology, Psychology, and Physics. Instructor in "The Great Conversation,"
a "great books" program of liberal arts education, 1987-89, 1994-96, and
Field Supervisor of off-campus programs:
- Term in Asia, 1989-90: Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
- Term in the Middle East, 1996-97: Turkey, Morocco, Egypt,
- Global Semester, 2003-04: Geneva, Turkey, Egypt, India,
Thailand, China, Korea.
III. Professional Activity
- Civil Disagreement: Personal Integrity in a Pluralistic
World. Georgetown University Press, forthcoming, 2004.
- Christian Faith, Health, and Medical Practice. Co-authored
with Hessel Bouma (Biology), Douglas Diekema (Physician), Ted Rottman
(Sociology), and Allen Verhey (Theology). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans
Publishing Co., 1989. 400+xv pp.
- Christian Faith and Medical Ethics. Revision of the above
with additional co-author Scott Vander Linde (Economics). Forthcoming from
- “Twenty Flags over Postville,” Agora, Winter, 2001, pp.13&14.
- “Disagreement: Appreciating the Dark Side of Tolerance,”
Philosophy, Religion, and the Question of Intolerance, eds. Mehdi Amin
Razavi and David Ambuel (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997),
- "Theism and Toleration," A Companion to the Philosophy
of Religion, eds. Philip Quinn and Charles Taliaferro (Oxford: Blackwell
Publishers, 1996), pp. 514-521.
- "Eutychus, Gods, and Dozing Dog-Daze," The Cresset, LVIII/2
(November, 1994), pp. 10-13.
- "Pluralism, Tolerance, and Disagreement," Rhetoric Society
Quarterly, vol. 24, numbers 1/2 (Winter/Spring 1994), pp. 95-106.
Reprinted in Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology, eds. Charles Taliaferro
and Paul Griffiths (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003), 453-61.
- "Ethics and Animals," The Ethics of Using Animals for Food
and Fiber, ed. H.M. Fairnie (Minneapolis: CENSHARE, University of Minnesota,
1994), pp. 1-9.
- "Duties to Others and Covenantal Ethics," Duties to Others,
eds. Courtney Campbell and Andrew Lustig (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers,
1994), pp. 91-108.
- "Choices at the End: Thinking About Euthanasia," Review
essay in The Cresset, LX/4 (February, 1992), pp. 12-15.
- "Teaching How to Disagree," Values in Teaching and
Professional Ethics, ed. Carlton T. Mitchell (Macon: Mercer University
Press 1989), pp. 135-148.
- "Forgiving Ignorance," The Reformed Journal, 32/10 (October,
1982), pp. 7-10.
- "Values in the Curriculum," The Forum for Liberal Education,
IV/3 (February, 1982), pp. 2-4.
- "On Becoming Too Old to Die Young," The Reformed Journal,
31/1 (January, 1981), pp. 11-13.
- "Abortion and the Middle View: Reply to Critics," The Hastings
Center Report, 10/3 (June, 1980), p. 4.
- "Abortion: Listening to the Middle," Hastings Center Report,
9/5 (October, 1979), pp. 24-28. Reprinted in Ethical Issues in Modern
Medicine, 2nd and 3rd eds., eds. John Arras and Robert Hunt (Palo Alto:
Mayfield Publ. Co., 1983 & 1989); Comprehensive Theological Perspectives
on Abortion, ed. Gary N. McLean (St. Paul, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota,
1983); What is a Person? ed. Michael F. Goodman (New York: Humana Press,
1988); Bioethics, eds. Rem B. Edwards and Glenn C. Graber (New York: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1988); Morality and Moral Controversies, 3rd ed.,
ed. John Arthur (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1993; Life Choices:
a Hastings Center Introduction to Bioethics, eds. Joseph Howell and William
Frederick Sale (Baltimore: Georgetown University Press, 1995); Contemporary
Social Issues: Diversity and Consensus, 2nd ed., ed. Lawrence Hinman (Prentice
Hall Publisher, 1999).
- "Pluralism and Variety in Values Education," Soundings,
LXII/3 (Fall, 1979), p. 311-322.
- "Respect, Judgement and Love," The Reformed Journal, 20/4
(April, 1979), pp. 59-64.
- "Freedom: Idea and Ideal," Hearing and Doing: Philosophical
Essays, eds. John Kraay and Anthony Tol, (Toronto: Wedge Publishing, 1979),
- "An Interdisciplinary Experiment in Teaching Values," Teaching
Philosophy, I/4 (Fall, 1976), pp. 423-433.
- "The Possibility of Love," The Reformed Journal, 26/2 (February,
1976), pp. 25-27.
- "On Foreknowledge and Necessity," Midwest Studies in Philosophy,
vol. I (1976), pp. 12-16.
- "Abortion and the Potentiality Principle: Reply to Tooley,"
Philosophy and Public Affairs, II/4 (Summer 1973), pp. 410-416.
List available of 22 reviews
in Reprint Bulletin Book Reviews (12), Religious Studies Review (4), The
Cresset (2), The Thomist (1), Faith and Philosophy (1), and Calvin Theological
Journal (1). A recent review is of Postville: A Clash of Cultures
in Heartland America in The Northfield News, November 15, 2000.
B. Selected Professional Lectures
and Papers (since 1988)*
- “Academic Civility and Questioning Motives,” American Philosophical
Association, March 27, 2003, San Francisco.
- “Reply to ‘Corporations Cooking the Books and Kant’s Thought
Experiments,’” annual meeting of Minnesota Philosophical Society,
Sept. 28, 2002, University of Minnesota.
- “Ethics Across the Curriculum in a Pluralistic Society,”
Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning,” Feb.
14, 2002, Bloomington, MN.
- “Using Students’ Own Moral Decisions as Case Studies,”
Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Feb. 2, 2002, University of
- “Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights,” University of Minnesota
School of Agriculture, St. Paul, January 23, 2001. Repeat Jan 29,
- “Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum: the St. Olaf Faculty
Development Workshops,” annual meeting of Association for Practical and
Professional Ethics,” Washington DC, Feb. 28, 2000.
- “A Christian Argument for Political Self-Restraint,”
conference on “Cultivating Citizenship,” Baylor University, Oct. 29, 1999;
also given at a Calvin College conference on “Political Thought after
Liberalism,” May 29, 1999.
- “Ethical Issues and Normative Perspectives at St. Olaf,”
conference on “Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum,” Rochester Institute
of Technology, Oct. 16, 1999.
- “Academic Civility and Impugning Motives,” annual meeting
of Minnesota Philosophical Society, Duluth, October 9, 1999.
- “Mill on Qualities of Pleasure: Reply to Glass,” Minnesota
Philosophical Society, Carleton College, Oct. 25, 1997.
- “Teaching Ethics Across Disciplines,” American Association
of Higher Education, Atlanta, Jan. 20, 1996.
- "Political Justice and Lobby Markets: Response to White,"
Minnesota Philosophical Society, October 21, 1995.
- "Pluralism, Tolerance, and Disagreement," Annual meeting
of Pacific Division of American Philosophical Association, San Francisco,
April 1, 1995.
- "How to Bootstrap Egoism into Altruism: Response to Van
Ingen," Minnesota Philosophical Society, October 29, 1994.
- "Disagreement: Appreciating the Dark Side of Diversity,"
conference on "Intolerance and Toleration," Mary Washington College, Virgina,
November 5, 1993.
- "Pluralism and Tolerance," Minnesota Philosophical Society
annual meeting at St. Cloud State University, October 23, 1993.
- "Ethics of Using Animals for Food and Fiber," lecture presented
at Agriculture School, University of Minnesota, and simultaneously telecast
to 19 other Agriculture schools in US and Canada, April 18, 1991.
- "Reply to Estlund's 'Puzzle of the Minority Democrat,'"
American Philosophical Association, Central Division, April 28, 1988.
C. Selected Popular Talks (since 1988)*
- “Moses and Humility,” Community Time talk, St. Olaf College,
October 10, 2002.
- “Scholarship at a Liberal Arts College,” Minnesota Private
College Week, St Olaf College, June 24 and 25, 2002.
- “God in Athens, Jerusalem, and Mecca,” Chapel talk, St
Olaf College, March 13, 2002.
- “Ethics for Advocates and Adversaries in an Adversarial
System,” panelist, Liberal Arts and the Law Conference, St.Olaf College,
May 17, 2001. Panelist on “What Should Lutherans Think of Other Religions,”
St Olaf Forum for Interreligious Dialog, Dec. 7, 2000.
- “Saul, Paul, and Dual Identity,” Chapel talk, St Olaf College,
October 25, 2000.
- “Animals and Theistic Stewardship,” Called to Serve conference,
St Olaf College, April 8, 2000.
- “Do We Worship the Same God?” sermon at First United Church
of Christ, meeting at Valley Grove, July 4, 1999.
- “Civil Disagreement,” Carl Melby Memorial Lecture, St Olaf
College, April 13, 1999.
- “Is Toleration Enough for Peace?” Nobel Peace Prize
Forum, Augsburg College, February 20, 1999.
- “Getting Wisdom,” Chapel talk, St Olaf College, Sept. 24,
- “After Ethics in the Liberal Arts,” address to opening
faculty meeting, Hiram College, Aug. 14, 1998.
- “General Education and Core Education,” address to opening
faculty meeting, Calvin College, Aug. 27, 1997.
- “Learning and Listening,” Chapel talk, St Olaf College,
March 10, 1997.
- "Principlism in Medical Ethics," District One Hospital,
Faribault, October 26, 1995.
- "Are Animals Neighbors Too?" four talks sponsored
by Minnesota Humanities Commission; Minneapolis, February 13, 1995; St.
Louis Park, March 21, 1995; St. Paul, April 4, 1995; and Bloomington, June
- “Contracts and Covenants,” sermon at First United
Church of Christ, Northfield, MN, May 28, 1995.
- "Eutychus, Gods, and Dozing Dog-Daze," Chapel talk,
St. Olaf College, February 7, 1994.
- "Extravagant Gestures and Obscene Consumption," Chapel
talk, St. Olaf College, February 6, 1992.
- "Rationing: Medical Costs and Moral Choices," Northfield
League of Women Voters, January 14, 1992.
- "Ethics and the Environment," panelist, Conference
on Liberal Arts and the Law, St. Olaf College, October 16, 1990.
- Response to "Abortion, Politics, and the Catholic
Church," by William Werpekouski, at St. Olaf Theology Forum, October 16,
- Response to "Liberal Arts Education in a Multicultural
World" by Leon Rotstein, Joyce Scholar Conference, St. Olaf College, Oct.
- "Individualism and Community in American Culture,"
Chiang Mai University Philosophy Department, Thailand, December 21, 1989.
- "Suffering in Frankl and in Buddhism," Chiang Mai
University Philosophy Department, Thailand, November 27, 1989.
- "Agriculture, Theology, and Ethics," Root River
Conference of ELCA, Harmony, MN, February 11, 1989.
- Response to James Fowler's "Integrating Model of
Character Development," Lutheran Faculties Conference, Luther College, Sept.
- "Science, Technology, and Values," NSF Young Scholars
Workshop, St. Olaf College, June 27, 1988 and June 21, 1989.
- "Teaching Tolerance Without Relativism," Symposium
on Lutheran Colleges and Faith and Moral Development, Minneapolis, May 7,
- "Abortion, Murder, and Mandatory Motherhood," Hope
College Critical Issues symposium, Holland, MI, March 2, 1988.
D. Consultant and Workshop Leadership (since
- Consultant to Northfield Hospital Ethics Committee, 2000-.
- Leader of faculty workshop on teaching ethics across the
disciplines, Hiram College, August 14, 1998.
- Director of three Faculty Development Workshops for Ethical
Issues and Normative Perspectives, St Olaf College, summers of 1996-98,
and Spring Term and summer, 2001.
- Outside consultant for Luther College Philosophy Department,
Decorah, Iowa, March 31, 1992.
- Retreat leader for St. Olaf/Augsburg Social Work Departments;
"Professional Ethics and Personal Values," Feb. 21, 1992.
- "Are Values Taught or Caught?" Keynote address and workshop
leader, Bishop Clarkson College, Omaha, Nebraska, September 6-7, 1991.
- Outside Consultant for Philosophy Department Assessment,
Centre College, Danville, May 2-4, 1990.
- Screening Panelist for NEH Fellowships for College Teachers,
Washington D.C., August 14-15, 1988
E. Honors, Grants, Awards
- Boldt Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities, 2000-03.
- Participant in Boldt Faculty Seminar, 1999.
- Fellow in PEW Summer Faculty Seminar, Calvin College, 1998.
- Mellon Faculty Seminar Participant, St. Olaf College, Interim
and Spring Terms, 1991.
- Faculty Development Grant, Summer, 1988, St. Olaf College.
- Fellow, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, 1985-86.
- Humanities Development Award, St. Olaf College, 1982 (also
in 1976 and 1973).
- National Humanities Institute Fellowship (NEH), at University
of Chicago, 1978-79.
- Kent Fellowship (Danforth Foundation), 1968-71.
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1966-67.
F. Professional Associations
- Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society.
- American Philosophical Association; Program Committee,
Western Division, 1981-82.
- American Association of University Professors.
- Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
- Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences.
- Minnesota Philosophical Society.
- Society for Values in Higher Education.
- Society of Christian Philosophers.
IV. College Activities (since 1988)*
- Committee on Mission and Identity of the College, 1999-01.
- Director of Bush Grant, NEH Grant, and ACLS Grant for Faculty
Development in Ethical Issues and Normative Perspectives, 1996-98.
- Great Conversation Steering Committee, 1987-91, 1994-96,
- Animal Research Committee, 1997-.
- Chair, Committee for Ethical Issues and Normative Perspectives,
- Faculty Ambassador 1993-97.
- Kierkegaard Library Committee, Chair, 1993-94.
- Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Courses, 1994-97.
- Program Review Committee, 1993-94.
- President's Council, 1993-94.
- RPC Subcommittee for Faculty Governance for International
- Faculty Regents Observer, and thereby Faculty-Regents Committee
and President's Council, 1991-92.
- Human Subjects Research and Survey Committee, 1990-.
- Cross-Cultural and Global Understanding Committee, 1989-91;
- Chair of Philosophy Department, 1984-85, 1987-98.
- St. Olaf Agricultural Concerns Committee, 1976-.
- Review and Planning Committee, 1980-83, 1993-94; Secretary,
- Curriculum and Education Policies Committee, 1986-87; Special
Studies Sub-committee, 1986-88
- Council on Faculty Seminar on Human Studies, Mellon Grant,
*List of pre-1988 activities available
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