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The Murphy Institute Welcomes New Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellows

Gwen Bradford, Christian Coons, and Bas van der Vossen will spend a year in residence at the Murphy Institute.

We are pleased to welcome Gwen Bradford, Christian Coons, and Bas van der Vossen, as our 2013-2014 Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellows.

Gwen Bradford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, earned her doctorate from Yale University in 2010. Her work is in ethics and value theory. In 2012-2013, she was a Faculty Fellow at the Rice University Humanities Research Center, where she completed work for her soon to be forthcoming book, which develops an analysis of achievements. Professor Bradford is spending her fellowship year researching a new study of perfectionist theory of value. More about her research can be found here.

Christian Coons, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, earned his doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2007. His research focuses on theory selection in normative ethics, the nature of value, and the structure of morality. He has published work in each of the major sub-fields of moral philosophy: applied ethics, normative ethics, axiology, metaethics, political and legal theory, while editing volumes on paternalism and manipulation. He earned a Woodrow Wilson fellowship for his dissertation “The Value of Individuals and the Value of States”. Professor Coons will devote his fellowship year working on a book, wherein he argues that reflection on the concepts of value, requirement and a reason reveals particular conclusions about what is valuable, which reasons and requirements we have, and why.

Bas van der Vossen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2008. His research focuses on issues in political philosophy and the philosophy of law. His work has appeared in journals such as Law and Philosophy, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. During his fellowship year Professor van der Vossen will develop a theory of property that is consistent with both Lockean and Kantian commitments.

These visiting colleagues will spend an academic year at the Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University, devoting most of their time to their own research projects. The Faculty Fellows will also participate in the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Seminar along with Tulane faculty and graduate students.

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