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Stephen Morris

Associate Professor

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 and 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.


Contact Information

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