Steven Luper , Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department, Philosophy
Ph.D. - Harvard University
B.A. - Baylor University
Ethics and Ethical Theory
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Death
In my classes I discuss a wide range of issues, but I tend to devote most of my attention to epistemology, which is the theory of knowledge, and ethical issues involving death. Students participate in class, both by formally presenting their own conclusions about the material we cover, and also by engaging in class discussions.
Ethics: Much of my work on ethics concerns the philosophy of death. In "Annihilation" The Philosophical Quarterly 37 (1985) 233-252, I argue that Epicurus's position that death is not bad for us makes sense only if life is not good for us. In The Philosophy of Death (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) I argue that death is sometimes bad for its victims both in a timeless sense and also retroactively.
The Philosophy of Death (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
"False Negatives," forthcoming in T. Black, K. Becker, eds., New Essays on Sensitivity, Cambridge University Press.
"Retroactive Harms and Wrongs," to appear in Fred Feldman, Ben Bradley, and Jens Johansson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Death, Oxford University Press.
"Adaptation," to appear in James Taylor, ed., Death: Metaphysics and Ethics, Oxford University Press.
Member, Institutional Review Board; Member, Editorial Board, Trinity University Press.