Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
B.R.E., Cornerstone University, 1967; M.A. 1969, Ph.D. Michigan State University, 1980.
I'm presently most interested in social and political philosophy, particularly recent work on people's preferences and the nature of status quo thinking.
My recent professional work focuses on whether Americans should continue to subsidize discriminatory religious institutions. I argue that we should not, since we thus legitimize discrimination against citizens who have a fully normal range of abilities. To paraphrase Mill, it is foolish for our society to deny itself the full benefit of their contributions.
I am interested in various reasons why preferences, particularly discriminatory ones, ought to be discounted, once certain inadequacies are made manifest. My list of (related) reasons, so far, includes:
I'd appreciate e-mail concerning our department, the above topics, or undergraduate philosophy in general.