Curriculum Vitae


Robert H. Bass

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
(478) 238-3944

 

                                                           AOS:   Ethics                                                            AOC:  Environmental Ethics
                                                                       Political Philosophy                                                  Animal Ethics
                                                                       Decision and Game Theory                                     Philosophy of Religion       

 

Education

            ¨        Ph.D. in Philosophy: “Towards a Constructivist Eudaemonism,” directed by Edward F. McClennen. Bowling Green State University, 2004.

            ¨        M.A. in Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1996.

            ¨        B.A. in Philosophy, Wofford College, 1979.  

 

Positions Held

            ¨        2014-present

Mentor, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ

            ¨        2012-present

Associate Faculty, Department of Liberal Arts, Ashford University

            ¨        2011-present

Adjunct Professor, Strayer University

            ¨        2010-present

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

            ¨        2006-2010

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

 

Select Scholarly Work

Book (Edited):

Readings on the Ultimate Questions, 3rd Edition, coedited with Nils Ch. Rauhut, Prentice-Hall, 2010.


Sections in Edited Books:

"The Benefit of Regan's Doubt: Moral Caution and the Ethics of Eating," in The Moral Rights of Animals, edited by Mylan Engel, Jr. and Gary Lynn Costock, Lexington Books, 2016.

Lives in the Balance: Utilitarianism and Animal Research,” in The Ethics of Animal Research: Exploring the Controversy, edited by Jeremy Garrett, Basic Bioethics Series, MIT Press, 2012.

Reflective Equilibrium,” in Readings on the Ultimate Questions, 3rd Edition, edited by Nils Ch. Rauhut and Robert H. Bass, Prentice-Hall, 2010.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Inscrutable Evils: Still Numerous, Still Relevant,” in International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75 (4), 2014: 379–84. doi:10.1080/21692327.2015.1008024.

Many Inscrutable Evils,” in Ars Disputandi [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15665399.2011.10820061], 11 (2011), 118-132. 

"Moral Lore and the Ethics of Eating," in Think, 10, no. 29, Autumn 2011, 83-90. Copyright © Royal Institute of Philosophy 2011.

Omniscience and the Identification Problem,” in Florida Philosophical Review, 7, no.  1, Summer 2007, 78-91, available at http://philosophy.ucf.edu/fpr/files/FPR-7_1.pdf.

Undermining Indirect Duty Theories,” in Between the Species, 13, no. 6, August 2006.

Pure Contractarianism: Promise, Problems, Prospects,” in Journal of Value Inquiry, 34, no.  2-3 (September 2000), 319-332.

 

Reviews:

Book Review: David Schmidtz, The Elements of Justice” in Journal of Value Inquiry, 46, no. 2, 2012, 255–257DOI: 10.1007/s10790-012-9323-3.

“Book Review: Mark Bernstein, Without a Tear: Our Tragic Relationship with Animals” in Journal of Value Inquiry, 39, No. 2, June 2005, 273-277.

Book Review: Wendy McElroy, The Debates of Liberty: An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881-1908” in Journal of Libertarian Studies, 19, No.  3, Summer 2005, 99-102.

 

Papers and Presentations:

"God, the Kalām Argument, and How to Traverse an Actual Infinite," North Carolina Philosophical Society, Boone, NC, February 27, 2016.  

"Modal Evil and Divine Necessity," North Carolina Philosophical Society,  Raleigh, NC, February 28, 2015.

What Can One Person Do? Causal Impotence and Dietary Choice,” Invited Presentation, Animal Ethics Study Group, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 3, 2014.

Pascal in the Kitchen: Betting on the Ethics of Eating,” Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Helen, GA, July 25, 2012.

The Benefit of Regan’s Doubt,” Invited Presentation for Tom Regan: A Celebration, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, April 16, 2011.

“Knowledge Without Truth?” North Carolina Philosophical Society,  Boone, NC, February 25, 2011.

“Knowledge Without Truth?” American Philosophical Association, Central Division,  Chicago, IL, February 20, 2009.

Quotidian Medical Epistemology,” 35th Value Inquiry Conference, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, April 5, 2008.

Joyce as a Moral Anatomist,” South Carolina Society for Philosophy Conference (Joint Meeting with the North Carolina Philosophical Society), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, February 29, 2008.

Small Contributions,” 34th Value Inquiry Conference, Adrian College, Adrian, MI, April 13, 2007.

Sunk Costs,” South Carolina Society for Philosophy Conference, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, February 24, 2007.

“Indirect Duty Theories: Even if They’re Right, They’re Wrong,” Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington, DC, December 27, 2006.

Comments on Aaron Simmons’ ‘A Critique of Warren’s Weak Animal Rights View,’” Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, NY, December 28, 2005.

“The Impossibility of Omniscience,” Florida Philosophical Association Conference, Cocoa Beach, FL, November 11, 2005.

Maximizing, Satisficing and the Normative Distinction Between Means and Ends,” 32nd Value Inquiry Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, April 8, 2005.

Deciding Where to Meet for Dinner: Simple Problems and Joint Intentionality,” Department of Philosophy Colloquium, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, March 30, 2005.

Chalmers and the Self-Knowledge Problem,” Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, March 2000.

“Restoration Projects and the Tragedy of the Commons,” Society for Ecological Restoration conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 1997.

 

 Public Talks:

“Moral Risk and Moral Lore,” Invited Presentation, Animal Ethics Study Group, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 3, 2014.

“Understanding Animal Minds,” Invited Presentation, Department of Philosophy, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, February 8, 2012.

“Pascal in the Kitchen: Betting on the Ethics of Eating,” Invited Presentation, Ethics Awareness Week, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA, February 23, 2011. 

“Understanding Animal Minds,” Invited Presentation, Board of Visitors Community Dialogue Series, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, February 20, 2008.

“Is ‘Doin’ What Comes Naturally’ Ethical?” with Nils Rauhut, for Tea and Ethics, Jackson Ethics Center, Coastal Carolina University, September 14 and 28, 2006.

 

 

 Courses Taught

    Ethical Theory                                    Environmental Ethics
    Metaethics                                          Biomedical Ethics
    Introduction to Ethics                          Business Ethics
    Introduction to Philosophy                  Contemporary Moral Issues
    Logic                                                   Persuasive Writing

A teaching dossier is available upon request.

 

Professional Affiliations

                    American Philosophical Association
                    American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
                    Association for Political Theory
                    European Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare Advisory Board
                    International Society for Environmental Ethics
                    North Carolina Philosophical Society
                    Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals
   

 

Professional Service

 Chair:

Session on Theodicy, South Carolina Society for Philosophy Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, February 29, 2008.
Session on Clinical Ethics,  32nd Value Inquiry Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, April 9, 2005.

Referee:

American Philosophical Quarterly 
Between the Species
Journal of Value Inquiry
Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine

Bridgepoint Education
Pearson Higher Education
Simon and Schuster
Springer

Other Professional Service:

    2006-2009        Departmental Library Representative
    2007-2009        Advisor to Phi Sigma Tau, National Philosophy Honor Society
    2008-2009        Member, Religious Studies Search Committee (Search suspended)
    2007-2009        Member, Pre-Med Advisory Committee
    2007-2008        Member, Religious Studies Search Committee (Search successfully completed)
    2007-2008        Member, Committee on Revising the Philosophy Major

 


Professional References

 

E. F. McClennen (Deceased)
Professor of Political Philosophy and Political Science
Department of Philosophy
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
efmcclen@syr.edu
(315) 443-8463

Loren E. Lomasky
Cory Professor of Political Philosophy,
Policy and Law

518 Cabell, Department of Philosophy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
lel3f@virginia.edu
Office: (434) 924-6925         Fax: (434) 924-6927

Fred D. Miller, Jr.
Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center
Department of Philosophy
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
fmiller@bgnet.bgsu.edu
(419) 372-2536

Donald Scherer
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
dschere@bgnet.bgsu.edu
(419) 372-7142

David E. W. Fenner
Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
dfenner@unf.edu
(904) 620-1330

Michael S. Ruse
Associate Professor and Associate Provost, Quality Enhancement Program
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, South Carolina 29526
mruse@coastal.edu
(843) 349-2548

Nils Ch. Rauhut
Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, South Carolina 29526
nrauhut@coastal.edu
(843) 349-2547

Joel Marks
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of New Haven
West Haven, CT  06516
jmarks@newhaven.edu
(203) 932-7103

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