David Faraci





I am a Faculty Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. I received my Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and have since taught at Virginia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill.


About My Work

Many of us think, or at least hope, that it matters whether we live our lives one way versus another, that there is some answer to the practical question of what to do. That question serves as the linchpin of my research, spurring projects in metaethics concerning the nature of practical truth, as well as how we can talk, think and know about it; projects in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of language branching from those metaethical concerns; and projects in normative ethics and applied ethics—often at the intersection of business ethics and political philosophy—regarding the answers to particular practical questions. I also have an ongoing collaborative project in the experimental philosophy of moral responsibility.


In addition to my research, I develop online systems that aim to benefit the academic community. I am currently working on MARGY and Populus.


Ethical Judgment and Motivation (Routledge Handbook in Metaethics forthcoming with Tristram McPherson)
final draft

On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity (Oxford Studies in Metaethics forthcoming)
abstract | draft

Review of Moral Psychology and Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2015)
final draft | ndpr

A Hard Look at Moral Perception (Philosophical Studies 2015)
abstract | final draft | springer

Huck vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame (Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy 2014 with David Shoemaker)
abstract | final draft | oxford | amazon

To Inspect and Make Safe: On the Morally Responsible Liability of Property Owners (Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2014 with Peter Martin Jaworski)
abstract | final draft | springer

Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity? (Journal of Business Ethics 2014)
abstract | final draft | springer

Brown on Mackie: Echoes of the Lottery Paradox (Philosophia 2013)
abstract | final draft | springer

How to Be (and How Not to Be) a Normative Realist (Ph.D. Dissertation, Bowling Green State University 2012)
abstract | ohiolink

Review of David Enoch's Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism (The Journal of Value Inquiry 2012)
final draft | springer

First-Personal Authority and the Normativity of Rationality (Philosophia 2010 with Christian Coons)
abstract | final draft | springer

Insanity, Deep Selves, and Moral Responsibility: The Case of JoJo (Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2010 with David Shoemaker)
abstract | final draft | springer

Heroes and the Ethics of Time Travel: Does the Present Matter? (Heroes and Philosophy 2009)
wiley | amazon

Research Statement

Allowing the Wrong, to Bring About the Good
abstract | draft

Gettier in Action: Comparing Practical and Epistemic Success
extended abstract

Good Selves, True Selves (with David Shoemaker)
powerpoint

Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat
abstract | draft

Non-Naturalism and the 'Third-Factor' Gambit (with Aaron Elliott)
extended abstract

Teaching Portfolio

Bioethics
syllabus | calendar

Business Ethics
syllabus

Computers and Philosophy
syllabus | calendar | quiz

Ethical Theory
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Introduction to Logic
syllabus | calendar | final exam

Introduction to Philosophy
syllabus | final exam

Metaethics (Graduate)
syllabus | flowchart

Philosophy of Death and Dying
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Social Ethics & Political Thought [and Science Fiction]
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Dissertation Overview

An overview of my dissertation written with non-philosophers in mind.



Donation Ethics

The Department of Health and Human Services is considering an amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act that would effectively make it illegal to compensate donors of bone marrow stem cells collected through a process similar to blood donation, just as it is illegal to compensate for such cells collected directly from the bone marrow (through a much more invasive and painful procedure). My friend and colleague, Peter Jaworski put together an open letter to the HHS arguing against this amendment, which I and several other ethicists signed. I also helped edit the letter and put together the website.



MARGY

A free management service for confidential letters of recommendation (est. November 2016).



Metaethics Flowchart

A flowchart of metaethical positions. I created it in Fall 2012 for a metaethics graduate seminar I was teaching at Virginia Tech. I posted it and got some helpful feedback from the folks over at PEA Soup. Some people have told me they find it useful, so I'm leaving a copy here.



PEA Soup

A blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics and academia. It was founded by Dan Boisvert, Joshua Glasgow, Douglas Portmore and David Shoemaker in 2004 and is currently edited by David Shoemaker and David Sobel. I have been a contributor since May 2012.



Philosophical Trajectories

A website dedicated to helping philosophers learn from each other's publishing experiences (est. July 2013).



Populus Prospectus

A prospectus for Populus, a curated archive and a new kind of journal for work in philosophy, with a committment to transparent, crowd-sourced peer review. This project is in the early stages of development.



Possible Views

A Twitter feed cataloguing (mostly) unlikely and (hopefully) funny philosophical positions (est. May 2012).


Cryptic Crossword

A puzzle I co-authored in summer 2002.



Moose and Dude

A webcomic I wrote in college (and briefly in graduate school).



Tribute to R. G. Frey

An audio recording (MP3) of a tribute I offered at R. G. Frey's memorial service in April 2013. Ray was a philosopher at BGSU for 26 years; he passed away in 2012.


PDF Version

David Faraci, Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Specialization  |  Areas of Competence  |  Employment  |  Education  |  Publications  |  Current Projects  |  Presentations & Commentaries  |  Awards, Fellowships, Grants  |  Professional Service  |  Department Service  |  Teaching Experience  |  References


Areas of Specialization

Metaethics, Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics (esp. Business Ethics)


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Areas of Competence

Epistemology, Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Technology, Social and Political Philosophy


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Employment

Faculty Fellow, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, 2015-

Research Assistant Professor, PPE and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014-2015

Visiting Lecturer and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013-2014

Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, 2012-2013

Adjunct Faculty, Bowling Green State University, 2011-2012


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Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2012

M.A., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2007

B.A. High Honors, Philosophy, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 2004


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Publications

Ethical Judgment and Motivation, with Tristram McPherson, forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Metaethics.

On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaethics.

Review of Moral Psychology & Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics, edited by Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.

A Hard Look at Moral Perception, Philosophical Studies 172(8), 2055-2072, 2015.

Huck vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame, with David Shoemaker, in Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, edited by Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe and Shaun Nichols, 7-27, Oxford University Press, 2014.

To Inspect and Make Safe: On the Morally Responsible Liability of Property Owners, with Peter Martin Jaworski, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17(4), 697-709, 2014.

Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity? Journal of Business Ethics 125(3), 531-537, 2014.

Brown on Mackie: Echoes of the Lottery Paradox, Philosophia 41(3), 751-755, 2013.

Review of David Enoch's Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, The Journal of Value Inquiry 46(2), 259-267, 2012.

First-Personal Authority and the Normativity of Rationality, with Christian Coons, Philosophia 38(4), 733-740, 2010.

Insanity, Deep Selves, and Moral Responsibility: The Case of JoJo, with David Shoemaker, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(3), 319-332, 2010.

Heroes and the Ethics of Time Travel: Does the Present Matter? in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johson and William Irwin, 140-154, Wiley, 2009.


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Current Projects

Revise and Resubmit

Allowing the Wrong, to Bring About the Good,” Business Ethics Quarterly

“Good Selves, True Selves” (with David Shoemaker), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


Under Review

Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat


In Progress

“Gettier in Action: Comparing Practical and Epistemic Success”

“Non-Naturalism and the ‘Third-Factor’ Gambit” (with Aaron Elliott)

“On Withholding as an Epistemic Default”


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Presentations & Commentaries

 Commentary on Jonathan Simon’s “Moral Perception High and Low,” Invited Symposium on Moral Perception, APA Pacific Division Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 14, 2017

“Non-Naturalism and the ‘Third-Factor’ Gambit,” with Aaron Elliott, Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 14, 2016

“Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat,” Moral and Political Philosophy Research Seminar, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, June 6, 2016

“Allowing the Wrong, to Bring About the Good,” Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics Faculty Workshop, Washington, DC, March 18, 2016

“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, October 30, 2015

“Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 7, 2015

“True Selves, Good Selves: Attributability and Normative Perspective,” with David Shoemaker, Experimental Philosophy of the Self, NYU Center for Bioethics, New York, NY, December 13, 2014

“On the Necessary Existence of God-minus,” with Christina Van Dyke, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Matthews, NC, November 17, 2014

“Non-Naturalism and the Conceptual Necessity of Supervenience,” Virginia Tech Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, Blacksburg, VA, October 17, 2014

“A Hard Look at Moral Perception,” PPE Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 30, 2014

 Commentary on Adam Lerner's “Prudence, Perdurance, and the Separateness of Persons,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2014

“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 5, 2014

 Commentary on Derek Baker's "\“Intuitions about Disagreement Do Not Support the Normativity of Meaning,” APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 19, 2014

“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, February 22, 2014

“On Leaving Room for Doubt: A (Somewhat) New Semantic Problem for Expressivism,” Visiting Professor Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 17, 2013

“A Hard Look at Moral Perception,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 8, 2013

“Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?” Humanities and Technology Association Conference, Bowie, MD, October 6, 2012

“Enemy of My Enemy: Nihilism and the Case for Cognitivism,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2012

“Huck Finn vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame,” Poster Session at the APA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC, December 28, 2011

 Commentary on Robyn Gaier's “The Second-Personal Perspective: An Other (and yet another) Argument for Externalism,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 14, 2010


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Awards, Fellowships, Grants

Finalist, Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics (for Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat), 2016

Finalist, Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics (for On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity), 2014

Doctoral Research Fellow, Nanotechnology and Society Research Group, Northeastern University, NSF Grant No. SES-0609078 (award: $10,000), 2011

Experiment Month Participant, Yale University (sponsored by the American Philosophical Association), 2011

University-Wide Graduate Student Teaching Award Nominee, 2011

Social Philosophy and Policy Center Graduate Student Scholar, 2010

Graduate Fellow, The Earhart Foundation (award: $34,000), 2006-2008

Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University, 2005-2011


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Professional Service

Event Development

Co-organizer (with Peter Jaworski): Workshop on Methodology in Applied Ethics, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, February 24-26, 2017

Conference Coordinator: Freedom, Paternalism and Morality, Bowling Green State University, April 1-2, 2011


Editorial Work

Co-editor, “Ethics and What Is Not Seen,” Special Issue of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, forthcoming

Consulting Editor, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2014-

Editorial Assistant, Paternalism: Theory and Practice, edited by Christian Coons and Michael Weber. Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Journal Referee

Analytic Philosophy | Australasian Journal of Philosophy | Canadian Journal of Philosophy | Ethics | European Journal of Philosophy | Grazer Philosophische Studien | The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics | Journal of the American Philosophical Association | Journal of Moral Philosophy | Mind | Philosophia | Philosophical Psychology | Philosophical Quarterly | Res Philosophica | Review of Philosophy and Psychology | Philosophical Studies | Social Theory and Practice | Southwest Philosophy Review | Synthese | Theoria | Topoi


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Department Service

UNC Chapel Hill

Judge, National High School Ethics Bowl, 2014-2015

Judge, Willie P. Mangum Medal in Oratory, 2014

Judge, North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl, 2013

Session Leader, Ethics & Leadership Conference, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 2013


Virginia Tech

Supervision of MA Theses:

Cory Johnson, “Suggestions for Deontic Logicians,” 2012

Jessica McCormack, “Morality in the Meat Machine: An Examination of Moral Responsibility and Neuroscience in Cases of Early Life Stress,” 2013

Faculty Advisor, Virginia Tech Philosophy Club, 2012-2013


Bowling Green State University

Graduate Chair, Philosophy Colloquium Committee, 2008-2011

Graduate Representative to the Philosopy Graduate Committee, 2009-2010

Vice President, Graduate Students for the Interdisciplinary Study of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, 2008-2009

Graduate Representative to the Philosophy Department, 2007


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Teaching Experience

MetaethicsGraduate (500)Virginia Tech
Ethical TheoryAdvanced (300)Virginia Tech
Computers and PhilosophyAdvanced (300)BGSU
   as Philosophy of Information TechnologyVirginia Tech
BioethicsModerate (200)Chapel Hill
   as Biomedical EthicsVirginia Tech
Business EthicsModerate (200)BGSU
   as Social Responsibilities of BusinessGeorgetown
Philosophy of Death and DyingModerate (200)BGSU
Introduction to EthicsIntroductory (100)BGSU
Introduction to LogicIntroductory (100)BGSU
Introduction to PhilosophyIntroductory (100)BGSU
Practical EthicsIntroductory (100)Chapel Hill
Social Ethics and Political ThoughtIntroductory (100)Chapel Hill
Introduction to PhilosophyOnlineBGSU
Introduction to Symbolic LogicOnlineChapel Hill
Philosophy of Death and DyingOnlineBGSU

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References

Simon Blackburn

Trinity College Fellow, Cambridge University; Distinguished Research Professor, UNC Chapel Hill


Christian Coons

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University


David Copp

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; Department Chair, UC Davis


John Hasnas

Professor of Business, Professor of Law, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, Georgetown University


Heidi Hurd

David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois


Marc Lange

Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor; Department Chair, UNC Chapel Hill


Tristram McPherson

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University


Michael Moore

Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair, Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois


Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor; Duke-UNC PPE Program Co-Chair, UNC Chapel Hill


David Shoemaker

Professor of Philosophy; Murphy Institute Faculty Member, Tulane University



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david.faraci@georgetown.edu  •  February 21, 2017