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Professor John Rowan

John Rowan
Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy Program Coordinator

Areas of Specialization:

Ethical Theory
Applied Ethics
Political & Social Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
History of Philosophy


Courses Taught:

PHIL 101:  History of Philosophy
PHIL 110:  Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 111:  Ethics
PHIL 120:  Critical Thinking
PHIL 150:  Logic
PHIL 303:  History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 324:  Ethics for the Professions
PHIL 490:  Majors Seminars and Special Topics Courses:  Feminist Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Mind, Pragmatism, Free Will and Responsibility, Philosophy of the Self

Philosophy Program:

John Rowan coordinates the philosophy program within the Department of English and Philosophy.  He is the contact person for questions and information related to the philosophy major and minor, events, courses, advising, and the philosophy email distribution list.


John Rowan has published articles and books on a variety of topics in political and social philosophy and applied ethics.  He is author of Conflicts of Rights and co-editor (with Samuel Zinaich) of Ethics for the Professions.  John is also editor of Social Philosophy Today and has edited several books in that series, including: War and Terrorism; Human Rights, Religion, and Democracy; Science, Technology, and Social Justice; and International Law and Justice (forthcoming).  His articles have been published in such journals as the Australian Journal of Practical and Professional Ethics, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Social Justice Research, and Economics and Philosophy, among others.  He is currently researching and writing two book-length manuscripts: The Autonomy Approach to Business Ethics; and The Theory and Practice of Privacy.  In 2004, John won the university’s award as most outstanding teacher.


Ph.D.  Philosophy, University of Virginia
B.A.  Philosophy, Economics, University of Virginia



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