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Peter.French@asu.edu

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Mail Code: 4302

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Bio

Dr. Peter A. French is the Lincoln Chair in Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, and the Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. He was the Cole Chair in Ethics, Director of the Ethics Center, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the University of South Florida. Before that he was the Lennox Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has taught at Northern Arizona University; the University of Minnesota; Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and served as Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware. Dr. French has a BA from Gettysburg College, an MA from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, and did post-doctoral work at Oxford University. He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Gettysburg College in 2006. He received the Horace T. Morse/Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota in 1979, and the Governor of Minnesota's Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Education in 1982. Dr. French has a national reputation in ethical and legal theory and in collective and corporate responsibility and criminal liability. He is the author of nineteen books including The Virtues of Vengeance; Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns; Ethics and College Sports; Responsibility Matters; Corporate Ethics; Collective and Corporate Responsibility; War and Border Crossings; Corporations in the Moral Community; The Spectrum of Responsibility; Corrigible Corporations and Unruly Laws; Ethics in Government; and The Scope of Morality. His book on the My Lai Massacre, Individual and Collective Responsibility, is often cited as launching the field of applied ethics. Dr. French is a senior editor of Midwest Studies in Philosophy. He was the editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy and general editor of the Issues in Contemporary Ethics series. He has published scores of articles in the major philosophical and legal journals and reviews, many of which have been anthologized and translated into Chinese, Italian, German, French and other languages. Dr. French was honored in the 2008 edition of the American Philosophical Association's Newsletter on Philosophy and Law as its featured philosopher by a number of prominent philosophers writing about Dr. French's work. He is only the fourth philosopher so honored.

Courses

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 590 Reading and Conference

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 501 Foundations of Ethics
PHI 499 Individualized Instruction
PHI 590 Reading and Conference
PHI 592 Research
PHI 599 Thesis
PHI 790 Reading and Conference

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 501 Foundations of Ethics I
PHI 591 Seminar

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 499 Individualized Instruction
PHI 590 Reading and Conference
PHI 592 Research
PHI 599 Thesis
PHI 790 Reading and Conference
PHI 792 Research
PHI 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 590 Reading and Conference
PHI 591 Seminar
PHI 592 Research
PHI 599 Thesis
PHI 790 Reading and Conference
PHI 792 Research
PHI 799 Dissertation

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 590 Reading and Conference
PHI 792 Research
PHI 795 Continuing Registration
PHI 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 591 Seminar
PHI 790 Reading and Conference
PHI 792 Research
PHI 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Peter A. French. War and Moral Dissonance. Cambridge University Press (2011).

  2. Edited book: Peter A. French (with Michelle Saint). Film and the Emotions: Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXXIV. Wiley/Blackwell (2010).

  3. Book chapter: Peter A. French. "Worthwhile Living in Second Life". The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work. Lexington Books (2010).

  4. Book chapter: Peter A. French and Michelle Saint. "The Horror of the Weeping Angels". Dr. Who and Philosophy. Open Court (2010).

  5. Edited book: Peter A. French and Howard Wettstein and Ernest LePore. Philosophy and Poetry/ Midwest Studies in Philosophy Volume 33. Wiley/Blackwell (2009).

  6. Edited book: Peter A. French. Truth and Its Deformities. Wiley-Blackwell (2008).

  7. Edited book: Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein. Philosophy and the Empirical. Wiley-Blackwell (2007).

  8. Edited book: French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXX. Blackwell (2006).

  9. French, Peter A. Corporate Moral Agency (revised). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Business Ethics, Volume II Second Edition. Blackwell Publishing (2005).

  10. Peter French. Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment: Capitalism, Corporations, and Individuals. International Social Science Journal (2005).

  11. Edited book: French, Peter A, Short, Jason. War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash. Rowman & Littlefield (2005).

  12. Edited book: French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard, Martin Fischer, John. Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXIX. Blackwell (2005).

  13. Peter French. Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment and the Moral Agency of Health Care Organizations. Institutional Integrity in Health Care (2004).

  14. French, Peter A. Ethics and College Sports: Ethics, Sports, and the University. Rowman & Littlefield (2004).

  15. Edited book: French, Peter A. The American Philosophers: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. Blackwell (2004).

  16. Edited book: French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. The American Philosophers: Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVIII. Blackwell (2004).

  17. Peter French. Ethical Revenge in Westerns. Understanding Film Genres (2003).

  18. Peter French. Ethics, Intercollegiate Sports, and the Mission of the University. Professional Ethics (2003).

  19. Edited book: French, Peter A. Journal of Social Philosophy. Blackwell (2003).

  20. Edited book: French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. Meaning in the Arts: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. Blackwell (2003).

  21. Peter French. Honor, Shame, and Identity. Public Affairs Quarterly (2002).

  22. Peter French, M Haney. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. Contemporary Philosophy (2002).

  23. Book chapter: Rethinking Professional Issues in Special Education. Ablex Publishing (2002).

  24. Peter French, James Paul, Ann Cranston-Gingras. Ethics and Special Education. Focus on Exception Children (2001).

  25. French, Peter A. The Virtues of Vengeance. University Press of Kansas (2001).

  26. Book chapter: The Leader's Imperative. Purdue University Press (2001).

  27. Book chapter: War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoings. Blackwell Publishing (2001).

  28. Book chapter: French, Peter A (Author) . Ethics and Death in Westerns. Reason and Culture. Prentice-Hall (2001).

  29. French, Peter. The Meaning of Democracy: A Western Perspective. Philosophy Documentation Center (2001).

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Presentations

  1. Peter A. French "Divided Loyalties: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Chaplain Corps". Divided Loyalties Conference - Case Western Reserve University School of Law. (Feb 2011).
  2. Peter A. French Torture. Coastal Carolina University, Jackson Family Memorial Lecture, April 2010. (Apr 2010).
  3. French, Peter Reading Aristotle in Baghdad. Arizona Wiseguys. (Oct 2006).
  4. French, Peter Two Kinds of Business Ethics. (Oct 2006).
  5. French, Peter Chicks and 'Noles: Some Ethical Issues About American Indian Mascots and Logos. Pride or Prejudice Conference. (Oct 2006).
  6. French, Peter Kafka, Casey, and Me. (Jun 2006).
  7. French, Peter Why Apply Ethics? Some Lessons Learned from Reading Wilder, Crane, and Carroll. University of North Carolina Charlotte Ethics Program. (Apr 2006).
  8. French, Peter The Exploration of American Values in American Films. (Aug 2005).
  9. French, Peter Public Memories, Heritage, and Collective Responsibility for Historical Wrongs. United States Naval Academy. (Oct 2004).
  10. French, Peter Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment: Capitalism, Corporations, and Individuals. The Moralization of Capitalism Conference, CERI, Paris, France. (May 2004).
  11. French, Peter Memories Are Made of This. University of California, Riverside Philosophy Colloquium. (Apr 2004).
  12. French, Peter The Virtues of Vengeance. (Nov 2002).
  13. French, Peter Honor and Vengeance. (Oct 2002).
  14. French, Peter Ethics and the Current State of Journalism. (Jul 2002).
  15. French, Peter Thoughts on Stuff I Haven't Thought Much About in Years. Society for Business Ethics, Annual Meeting. (Aug 2001).
  16. French, Peter Revenge in the Western. American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings. (May 2001).
  17. French, Peter Ethics and Intercollegiate Sports. (Oct 2000).
  18. French, Peter Karmic and Nonkarmic Moral Theories. (Mar 2000).
  19. French, Peter Public Memory and Collective Responsibility. The David Ringelheim Memorial Lecture, Florida Atlantic University.

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Service

  1. David Lincoln Community Ethics Series at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Moderator (2010 - present)
  2. Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Member (2008 - present)
  3. Philosophy Department Target Search Committee, Member (2006 - present)
  4. University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2006 - present)
  5. University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2006 - present)
  6. Arizona Arts, Sciences and Technology Academy, Founding Fellow (2006 - present)
  7. Arizona Arts, Sciences and Technology Academy, Member, Board of Governors (2006 - present)
  8. Chautauqua Institution, New York, Organizer and Presenter for the Lincoln Center at Chautauqua Applied Ethics Week (2006 - present)
  9. Scholarship Committees for Marshall, Rhodes, Truman Scholarships, Committee member (2006 - present)
  10. The Business Ethics Quarterly, Member of the Board (2006 - present)
  11. The Business Ethics Quarterly, Member of the Board (2006 - present)
  12. The Journal of Social Philosophy, member Editorial Board (2005 - present)
  13. Migs Woodside's Seminars, Advisor, presenter, and coordinator (2004 - present)
  14. Migs Woodside's Seminars, Advisor, presenter, and coordinator (2004 - present)
  15. Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member (2004 - present)
  16. Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member (2004 - present)
  17. Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member and ASU Representative (2004 - present)
  18. Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Chair (2004 - present)
  19. University of North Carolina Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, Member: Advisory Board of the Center (2004 - present)
  20. University of North Carolina Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, Member: Advisory Board of the Center (2004 - present)
  21. Better Business Bureau, Evaluator of their annual ethics prizes for Arizona (2003 - present)
  22. Better Business Bureau Ethics Award Judge, Evaluator of their annual ethics prizes for Arizona (2003 - present)
  23. Chautauqua Institution, New York, Organizer and Presenter for the Lincoln Center at Chautauqua Applied Ethics Week (2002 - present)
  24. Lincoln Professors Council, Chair (2002 - present)
  25. Lincoln Center Board, Member (2001 - present)
  26. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2001 - present)
  27. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Board, Member (2001 - present)
  28. Lincoln Professors Council, Head-Director (2001 - present)
  29. CLAS Dean's Administrative Council, Member (2000 - present)
  30. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2000 - present)
  31. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Founder and Senior Editor (1975 - present)
  32. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXII Truth and Its Deformities, Founder and Senior Editor (2008)
  33. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXI Empirical Philosophy, Founder and Senior Editor (2007)
  34. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXX Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility, Founder and Senior Editor (2006)
  35. The Matchette Foundation, Member of the Board of Advisors (2006)
  36. Department of Defense for Ethics Training for Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Chaplains, Subject Matter Expert (2005 - 2006)
  37. The Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, SUbject Matter Expert - Teacher of Ethics (2006)
  38. Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  39. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXIX The Metaphysics of Free Will, Founder and Senior Editor (2005)
  40. American Philosophical Association, Chair, Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession (2002 - 2005)

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