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Shane Courtland
  • Graduate Fellow 2006-2007


Shane Courtland earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 2001. He wrote his doctoral dissertation, “A Hobbesian Account of Public Reason,” under the supervision of Professor Eric Mack, receiving his doctorate from the Tulane Department of Philosophy in 2008. Dr. Courtland’s research interests include Ethics, Meta-ethics, Political Philosophy, Animal Rights, and Social Contract Theory.

With Gerald Gaus, he is the author of the entry on Liberalism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His reviews have appeared in Human Rights Review and Utilitas. His article, “Public Reason and the Hobbesian Dilemma,” appeared in Hobbes Studies in 2007.

Dr. Courtland is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tulane for 2008-2009.

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