Stephen G. Morris is Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of Staten Island/CUNY.  His research interests include ethical theory, applied ethics, free will, and moral psychology.  He publsihed a book entitled Science and the End of Ethics in 2015 with Palgrave Macmillan Press. He has authored or co-authored several published articles, including “Tracing the Origins of Altruism: The Evolutionary Needle in a Haystack,” and “Is Incompatibilism Intuitive?” While at Missouri Western State University, Professor Morris received a Distinguished Professor Award with distinction in the area of Scholarship/Creative Activity in 2008 and the James V. Mehl Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award in 2009.


Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Awarded Fall 2004

Scholarship / Publications

Original Manuscript:

Science and the End of Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan. Published March 12, 2015.

Refereed Publications:

“Empathy on Trial: A Response to its Critics .” Forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology.
"The Implications of Rejecting Free Will: An Empirical Analysis." Philosophical Psychology, 31(2): 299-321, 2018.
“Compatibilism and Retributivist Desert Moral Responsibility: On what is of Central Philosophical and Practical Importance” (with Gregg D. Caruso). Erkenntnis, 82 (4):837-855, 2017.
“Vargas-Style Revisionism and the Problem of Retributivism.” Acta Analytica, 30 (3): 305-316, 2015.
“Commentary on ‘The Free-Will Intuitions Scale and the Question of Natural Compatibilism’.” Philosophical Psychology, 28(6): 802-807, 2015.
“Reexamining the Connection between Free Will and Moral Responsibility.” Review Journal of Political Philosophy, (11): 103-117, 2014.
“Understanding Moral Responsibility within the Context of the Free Will Debate.”  Florida Philosophical Review, 12(1): 68-82, 2012.
“Preserving the Concept of Race: A Medical Expedient, a Sociological Necessity.”  Philosophy of Science, 78(5): 1260-1271, 2011.
“In Defense of the Hedonistic Account of Happiness.” Philosophical Psychology, 24(2): 261-281, 2011.
“The Evolution of Cooperative Behavior and its Implications for Ethics.” Philosophy of Science, 76(5): 915-926, 2009.
“The Impact of Neuroscience on the Free Will Debate.” Florida Philosophical Review, 9(2): 56-78, 2009.
“Towards a More Empirically Informed Ethics.” Review Journal of Political Philosophy, 7: 142-180, 2009.
“Neuroscience and the Free Will Conundrum.” The American Journal of Bioethics, 7(5): 20-22, 2007.

“Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act: A Chimera of Religion and Politics.”The American Journal of Bioethics, 7(2): 69-70, 2007.
“Is Incompatibilism Intuitive?” (with Eddy Nahmias, Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Jason Turner).  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 73(1): 28-53, 2006.
“Identifying the Explanatory Weakness of Strong Altruism: The Needle in the ‘Haystack Model’.” Philosophy of Science, 72(5): 1124-1134, 2005.
 “Surveying Freedom: Folk Intuitions about Free Will and Moral Responsibility” (with Eddy Nahmias, Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Jason Turner). Philosophical Psychology, 18(5): 561-584, 2005.
“The Phenomenology of Free Will” (with Eddy Nahmias, Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Jason Turner). Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11(7-8): 162-179, 2004.