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Peter A. French is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University.  He was the founding Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 2000 to 2013.  Before that 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.  He was the Lennox Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Trinity University, and served as Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware.  During his distinguished 48-year career in academia he has also been a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and Northern Arizona University.  Dr. French earned 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 (L.H.D.) degree for his work in philosophy and ethics from Gettysburg College in 2006.

Dr. French has an international reputation in ethical and legal theory and in collective and corporate responsibility and criminal liability.  He is the author of twenty books including War and Moral Dissonance; The Virtues of Vengeance; Cowboy Metaphysics; Ethics and College Sports; Corporate Ethics; Responsibility Matters; Collective and Corporate Responsibility; Ethics in Government; The Scope of Morality; Corporations in the Moral Community; The Spectrum of Responsibility; Corrigible Corporations and Unruly Laws; and War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash.   He is a founding editor with Howard Wettstein of Midwest Studies in Philosophy, a leading annual book series in analytic philosophy.  As a single author, co-author, and editor he has contributed 61 books to the philosophical literature.

Dr. French has lectured at locations around the world.  Some of his works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, French, Serbian, and Spanish.  Dr. French also was the editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy for 16 years 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.  In 2002 Dr. French was appointed to the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association.  In 2008 the APA’s Newsletter on Philosophy and Law dedicated an issue to his work, and at its 2014 Central Division meetings in Chicago, the APA honored him with a session on his work.

 

Courses

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 405 Moral Psychology
PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy
PHI 530 Moral Psychology
PHI 572 Studies in Phil of Language

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PHI 403 Contemp Analytic Philosophy
PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy
PHI 586 20th and 21st C. Philosophers

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

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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