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Biography

Stephen G. Morris is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The College of Staten Island/CUNY. His research interests include ethical theory, the philosophy of biology, free will, and moral psychology. He has authored or co-authored several published articles, including “Vargas-Style Revisionism and the Problem of Retributivism,” “In Defense of the Hedonistic Account of Happiness,” and “Is Incompatibilism Intuitive?” In 2008 Stephen received a Distinguished Professor Award with distinction in the area of Scholarship/Creative Activity from Missouri Western State University. Stephen received Missouri Western State University’s James V. Mehl Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award in 2009. His first book, Science and the End of Ethics, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 (scroll down on this page to read more about this book).

Science and the End of Ethics examines some of the most important positive and negative implications that science has for ethics. Addressing the negative implications first, author Stephen Morris discusses how contemporary science provides significant challenges to moral realism. One threat against moral realism comes from evolutionary theory, which suggests that our moral beliefs are unconnected to any facts that would make them true. Ironically, many of the same areas of science (e.g. evolutionary biology, neuroscience, psychology) that present difficulties for moral realism point to a new ethical approach that focuses on achieving some of the key practical goals shared by ethicists. Chief among these is how to increase amicable behavior among people.

 

You can download the introductory chapter of Science and the End of Ethics by clicking on “Publications” in the menu to the left of the screen.

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Academic Positions

  • Present2009

    Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

    College of Staten Island (CUNY), Staten Island, NY

  • 20092005

    Assistant Professor

    Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO

  • 20052001

    Instructor

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • 20052004

    Instructor

    Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL

  • 20001998

    Teaching Assistant

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2004

    Ph.D. in Philosophy

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Master of Arts 2001

    Master of Arts in Philosophy

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Bachelor of Science 1993

    Bachelor of Science in Advertising

    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • March 2014
    College of Staten Island Dean’s Scholarship Award
    College of Staten Island Dean’s Scholarship Award for Summer Research, March 2014.
  • November, 2012
    William Stewart Travel Award
    William Stewart Travel Award, November 2012, to cover travel costs incurred while presenting a paper at the 2012 annual meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, November, 2012.
  • October 2012
    College of Staten Island Faculty Center for Professional Development Travel Award
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    College of Staten Island Faculty Center for Professional Development Travel Grant, October 2012, to present a paper at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • November 2011
    College of Staten Island Faculty Center for Professional Development Travel Award
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    College of Staten Island Faculty Center for Professional Development Travel Grant, November 2011, to present a paper at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), Seattle, Washington.
  • 2010
    PSC-CUNY Summer Research Grant, College of Staten Island/CUNY, 2010.
  • Jun 22nd-Jul 17th, 2009
    NEH Summer Institute Grant in Experimental Philosophy
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    NEH Summer Institute Grant in Experimental Philosophy, Ron Mallon and Shaun Nichols, co-Directors, The University of Utah, June 22nd-July 17th, 2009.
  • 2009
    James V. Mehl Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award
    James V. Mehl Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, Missouri Western State University 2009.
  • 2008
    Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award
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    Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award with Distinction in Scholarship/Creative Activity, Missouri Western State University 2008.
  • 2004
    National Science Foundation Travel Award
    National Science Foundation Travel Grant, November 2004, to present a paper at the 19th biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Austin, TX).