Twenty-fourth APPE Annual International Conference

2015 Authors on the Program



APPE Authors on the Program

Natural_Human_Rights_-_Boylan.jpgMichael Boylan

Natural Human Rights: A Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2014

"This timely book by internationally regarded scholar of ethics Michael Boylan focuses on the history, application, and significance of human rights in the West and in China. Using the classroom-tested dynamic approach of combining technical argument with four fictional narratives about human rights, the book invites readers to engage with the most important aspects of the discipline."

Learning_Through_Disagreement_-_Marvin_Brown.jpgMarvin Brown

Learning through Disagreement: A workbook for the Ethics of Business, Broadview Press, 2014

"Learning through Disagreement offers practical instruction in how to locate underlying assumptions and values so as to identify points of overlap that can serve as building blocks for agreement. Three key ethical approaches are concisely presented, not as abstract theories but as tools for good decision making. Realistic examples of common workplace disagreements are discussed, and detachable perforated worksheets for individual or group use are interspersed throughout."


Philosophy_Ethics_and_Public_Policy_-_Andrew_Cohen.jpgAndrew I. Cohen

Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Introduction, Routledge, 2014

"What makes a policy work? What should policies attempt to do, and what ought they not do? These questions are at the heart of both policy-making and ethics. Philosophy, Ethics and Public Policy: An Introduction examines these questions and more. Andrew I. Cohen uses contemporary examples and controversies, mainly drawn from policy in a North American context, to illustrate important flashpoints in ethics and public policy, such as:


  • public policy and globalization: sweatshops; medicine and the developing world; immigration
  • marriage, family and education: same-sex marriage; women and the family; education and Intelligent Design
  • justifying and responding to state coercion: torture; reparations and restorative justice
  • the ethics of the body and commodification: the human organ trade, and factory farming of animals.

Each chapter illustrates how ethics offers ways of prioritizing some policy alternatives and imagining new ones. Reflecting on various themes in globalization, markets, and privacy, the chapters are windows to enduring significant debates about what states may do to shape our behavior. Overall, the book will help readers understand how ethics can frame policymaking, while also suggesting that sometimes the best policy is no policy. Including annotated further reading, this is an excellent introduction to a fast-growing subject for students in Philosophy, Public Policy, and related disciplines."

The_Ethics_of_Death_-_Cooley_and_Steffen.jpgDennis Cooley and Lloyd Steffen

The Ethics of Death: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives in Dialogue, Fortress Press, 2014

"For the living, death has a moral dimension. When we confront death and dying in our own lives and in the lives of others, we ask questions about the good, right, and fitting as they relate to our experiences of human mortality. When others die, the living are left with moral questions—questions that often generate personal inquiry as to whether a particular death was “good” or whether it was tragic, terrifying, or peaceful.

In The Ethics of Death, the authors, one a philosopher and one a religious studies scholar, undertake an examination of the deaths that we experience as members of a larger moral community. Their respectful and engaging dialogue highlights the complex and challenging issues that surround many deaths in our modern world and helps readers frame thoughtful responses.

Unafraid of difficult topics, Steffen and Cooley fully engage suicide, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, abortion, and war as areas of life where death poses moral challenges."

Virtue_in_Media_-_Plaisance_and_Steffen.jpgPatrick Lee Plaisance

Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News & Public Relations, Routledge, 2014

"This work establishes a contemporary profile of virtue in professional media practice. Author Patrick Lee Plaisance examines the experiences, perspectives, moral stances, and demographic data of two dozen professional exemplars in journalism and public relations. Plaisance conducted extensive personal "life story" interviews and collected survey data to assess the exemplars’ personality traits, ethical ideologies, moral reasoning skills and perceived workplace climate.

The chosen professionals span the geographic United States, and include Pulitzer Prize winners and trendsetting PR corporate executives, ranging from rising stars to established veterans. Their thoughts, opinions, and experiences provide readers with an insider’s perspective on the thought process of decision makers in media.

The unique observations in this volume will be stimulating reading for practitioners, researchers, and students in journalism and public relations. Virtue in Media establishes a key benchmark, and sets an agenda for future research into the moral psychology of media professionals."

Transitions_to_Sustainability_-_Stober_and_Humpfreys.jpgSpencer Stober and David Humphreys, editors

Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet, Common Ground Publishing, 2014

"By the turn of the millennium the evidence that humans were changing the biosphere was manifested through a number of disturbing trends, including climate change, ozone depletion, global deforestation, coral bleaching, biodiversity loss, increased incidences of drought, and rising levels of atmospheric and marine pollution. These changes, some of which are irreversible, have given rise to the concept of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which humans are the dominant force for planetary change. We are the first generation to realize the enormity of the changes that humans are wreaking on the global biosphere, and in all likelihood we are the last generation with the opportunity to do something about it. Yet traditional policies are failing to respond to the challenge of reversing global environmental decline at the very historical moment when the need for action is most urgent. The profound changes that we are living through and the need to find new and innovative responses to global environmental degradation present a pressing theoretical and conceptual challenge for both practitioners and scholars of sustainability. This book aims to respond to that challenge.

The contributions in this pioneering volume are divided into six thematic sections: culture, systems, business, art, rights, and citizenship. The chapters—empirically rich and critically guided—are written by leading scholars from around the world. The book makes a vital contribution to debates on sustainability and will prove essential reading for anyone who is concerned about global environmental change and our options for addressing it."

Socrates_Comes_to_Wall_Street_-_Thomas_I._White.jpgThomas I. White

Socrates Comes to Wall Street, Pearson, 2015

"Two recent events — the 2008 economic meltdown and the ongoing concentration of the nation’s wealth in the hands of a very small percentage of the population — have led many people to question a number of basic assumptions about business, corporations, and the workings of contemporary free-market capitalism in a global economy. Written as a dialogue between Socrates and a hypothetical contemporary CEO, Socrates Comes to Wall Street leads students to think critically about perspectives and practices that are taken as “givens” in most American business schools and corporations. Employing this original and provocative approach, author Thomas White seeks to encourage the next generation of business leaders to be more astute about the implications of their actions, and to act more prudently and more fairly than we have seen in the recent past."

Additional Authors on the Program

A_Perfect_Moral_Storm.jpgStephen M. Gardiner

A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change, Oxford University Press, 2011

"Stephen Gardiner takes to a new level our understanding of the moral dimensions of climate change. A Perfect Moral Storm argues convincingly that climate change is the greatest moral challenge our species has ever faced - and that the problem goes even deeper than we think." --Peter Singer, Princeton University

Technology_of_Oppression_-_Elliot_Cohen.jpgElliot Cohen

Technology of Oppression: Preserving Freedom and Dignity in an Age of Mass Warrantless Surveillance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

"In the wake of the National Security Agency exposé of 2013, scholars and citizens alike have been turning a critical eye toward United States surveillance policies. Technology of Oppression contributes to this ongoing discussion with a systematic analysis of mass surveillance in America and allied countries, detailing how lax intelligence laws have allowed these technologies to undermine common civil liberties. Toward the practical end of reigning in existing surveillance technologies, Cohen offers a concise proposal listing the policy changes and software developments necessary to establish an internet-based, global forum for transparently affecting legal and technological change."

Neurobiology_and_the_Development_of_Human_Mortality_-_Narvaez.jpgDarcia Narvaez

Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, W.W. Norton & Company, 2014

"Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality advances the field of developmental moral psychology in three key ways. First, it provides an evolutionary framework for early childhood experience grounded in developmental systems theory, encompassing not only genes but a wide array of environmental and epigenetic factors. Second, it proposes a neurobiological basis for the development of moral sensibilities and cognition, describing ethical functioning at multiple levels of complexity and context before turning to a theory of the emergence of wisdom. Finally, it embraces the sociocultural orientations of our ancestors and cousins in small-band hunter-gatherer societies—the norm for 99% of human history—for a re-envisioning of moral life, from the way we value and organize child raising to how we might frame a response to human-made global ecological collapse."

Lunch with an Author Participants

Michael Boylan

Natural Human Rights: A Theory

Marvin Brown

Learning through Disagreement: A workbook for the Ethics of Business

Andrew I. Cohen

Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Introduction

Elliot Cohen

Technology of Oppression: Preserving Freedom and Dignity in an Age of Mass Warrantless Surveillance

Dennis Cooley and Lloyd Steffen

The Ethics of Death: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives in Dialogue

Darcia Narvaez

Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom

Patrick Lee Plaisance

Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News &  Public Relations

Spencer Stober and David Humphreys

Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet

Thomas I. White

Socrates Comes to Wall Street



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