Last updated on Fri, Sep 25, 2015
Contact InformationGeorge Mason University
Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy
- American University
- Faculty Fellow, School of International Service (2015–present)
- George Mason University
- Visiting Fellow, Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy (2014–present)
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (2010 – 2014)
- Hunter College, The City University of New York
- Adjunct Lecturer/Graduate Assistant, Department of Philosophy (2005 – 2009)
For more information on my teaching, see http://www.davidmorrow.net/teaching.
- June 2010, A.M. in Public Policy, University of Chicago
- May 2009, Ph.D. in Philosophy, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
- Dissertation: Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances: An Essay in Moral Epistemology (Advisor: Catherine Wilson)
- May 2003, B.A. in Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
- May 2003, B.Mus. in Trumpet Performance, Peabody Conservatory
Abstracts and manuscripts for selected publications are available through Academia.edu.
Journal articles & book chapters
- Morrow, David R. "Understanding the mitigation obstruction argument against climate engineering." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 372: 20140062. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0062.
- Morrow, David R."Starting a flood to stop a fire? Some moral constraints on solar radiation management." Ethics, Policy & Environment 17(2): 123–38. doi: 10.1080/21550085.2014.926056
- Morrow, David R. "When technologies make good people do bad things: Another argument against the value-neutrality of technologies." Science and Engineering Ethics 20(2): 329–343. doi: 10.1007/s11948-013-9464-1
- Morrow, David R. "Why geoengineering is a public good, even if it is bad." Climatic Change 123(2): 95–100. doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-0967-1 [See also Gardiner's reply to my criticisms of his paper.]
- Morrow, David R., Robert E. Kopp, and Michael Oppenheimer. "Political legitimacy in decisions about experiments in solar radiation management." In Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks, edited by William C. G. Burns and Andrew L. Strauss. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139161824.009
- Morrow, David R., Robert E. Kopp, and Michael Oppenheimer. "Research ethics and geoengineering." In Geoengineering Our Climate? Working Paper Series, edited by Jason Blackstock, Clark Miller, Steve Rayner, Jack Stillgoe, et al. Published online June 2013.
- Morrow, David R., Robert E. Kopp, and Michael Oppenheimer. Toward ethical norms and institutions for climate engineering research Environmental Research Letters 4, no. 4 (2009): 045106. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/045106
- Morrow, David. "Moral psychology and the 'Mencian creature'." Philosophical Psychology 22, no. 3 (2009). doi: 10.1080/09515080902970657
- Morrow, David R. and Anthony Weston. A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking, Second Edition. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 2015 (forthcoming November 2015).
Other short pieces
- Morrow, David R. "Geoengineering." In Encyclopedia of Ethics, Science & Technology, 2nd edn., ed. B. Holbrook & C. Mitcham. Cengage, 2015.
- Morrow, David R. Review of David Keith's A Case for Climate Engineering and Clive Hamilton's Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering. Ethics, Policy & Environment (forthcoming).
Other Research Projects
- Rand’s Bibliography and 19th-Century Philosophy, with Chris Alen Sula, 2012–present. Supported by a grant from the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Phylo, an initiative of DigitalHumanities@SILS (with Chris Alen Sula), 2006–present
- Doctoral Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center, 2005: “Uncovering Elizabeth Birch: In Search of Shaftesbury’s Teacher.” A study of the historical origins of moral sense theory, drawing on primary sources in London and Oxford.
- "Fairness in Allocating the Global Emissions Budget," Workshop on the Ethics of Climate Change and Climate Engineering, University of Kiel, Germany, July 20--21, 2015.
- "The Moral Paradox of Solar Radiation Management Research: The Ethics of Advancing a Bad Idea," University of Kiel, Germany, July 16, 2015.
- "The Moral Evaluation of Risk Compensation in Climate Engineering," University of Hamburg, Germany, July 14, 2015.
- "Understanding the slippery slope argument against climate engineering research," Climate Engineering Research Symposium 2015: Current State and Future Perspectives, Berlin, Germany, July 7–10, 2015.
- Participant, Workshop on Assessing Global Climate Engineering Governance, Zurich, Switzerland, March 31–April 2, 2015.
- "Fairness in allocating the global emissions budget," George Mason University, November 18, 2014.
- "Climate engineering and the future of energy policy." Rutgers Energy Institute's Energy Policy Seminar Series. New Brunswick, NJ. Oct. 24, 2014.
- "The ethics of intentional risk shifting," Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Critical Global Discussions, Berlin, Germany. August 18–21, 2014.
- Participation as faculty mentor, Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Summer School on Climate Engineering, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Jul 28–1, 2014.
- "Non-ideal theory and geoengineering'' (with Toby Svoboda)
- Annual Meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. Allenspark, CO. Jun. 17–20, 2014.
- Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME VII). Boulder, CO. Aug 7–10, 2014.
- Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Critical Global Discussions. Berlin, Germany. Aug 18–21, 2014.
- "Climate sins of our fathers? Historical accountability in allocating emissions rights." Paper presented at
- International Association for Environmental Philosophy group session at the 2013 Eastern APA, Baltimore, MD, December 27–30, 2013.
- Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME VI), University of Colorado–Boulder, Boulder, CO, August 8–11, 2013.
- "Fairness in allocating the global carbon budget." Paper presented at
- 8th Annual International Conference on Applied Ethics, University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan, November 1–3, 2013.
- International Society for Environmental Ethics group session at the 2013 Central APA, New Orleans, LA, February 20–23, 2013.
- "Does conceivability entail metaphysical possibility?" (with Moti Mizrahi). Paper presented at Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, October 19–20, 2013.
- "Wants, needs, and the allocation of the global carbon budget." Paper presented at the Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Climate Ethics Workshop, Como, Italy, September 26–27, 2013.
- "Climate sins of our fathers? Historical accountability in allocating emissions rights." Paper presented at
- "Do we have enough income inequality?" Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society, Pensacola Beach, FL, October 5–6, 2012.
- "Why Act-Consequentialism Collapses Into Rule-Consequentialism." Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME V), University of Colorado–Boulder, Boulder, CO, August 9–12, 2012.
- "Comments on solar radiation management." Comments on a panel at the Ninth Annual Meeting for Environmental Philosophy, Allenspark, CO, June 12–15, 2012.
- "A Proposal for the Governance of Solar Radiation Management." Conference on Science, Policy, and Social Values. Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX. April 13–14, 2012.
- "Research Ethics and Geoengineering." Paper presented at the "Geoengineering Our Climate" conference, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Ottawa, ON, January 19–20, 2012.
- "A Proposal for the International Regulation of Solar Radiation Management Research." Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 6–9, 2011.
- "Philosophy through Public Dialogue." Workshop conducted at the Advancing Public Philosophy Conference, Washington, DC, October 6–8, 2011.
- "Adaptive Preferences and a Theory of Desirability." Paper presented at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME IV), University of Colorado–Boulder, Boulder, CO, August 4–7, 2011.
- "Practical Coherence: A Constructivist Solution to Some Naturalistic Doubts About Moral Intuitions." Paper presented at "Naturalisms in Ethics" conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, July 14–15, 2011.
- "It's My Life: The Experience Machine and the Endowment Effect." Paper presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Ethics Society, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, April 30, 2011.
- "Ethical Principles for Trials of Climate Intervention Technologies." Paper presented at Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies, Asilomar, CA, March 23, 2010.
- "Saving Robert Audi from the Brain Scanners." Paper presented at Ohio State University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Columbus, OH, May 3, 2008.
- "Rational intuitionism and the case of the mysterious mental thermometer." Paper presented at the SUNY Albany Philosophical Assocation Conference on Epistemology, Albany, NY, April 12, 2008.
- "Moral Psychology and the 'Mencian Creature.'" CUNY Graduate Center Cognitive Science Symposium, New York, NY, April 11, 2008.
- "The Phylosophy Project and Web 2.0: Emerging technologies and research applications." Paper co-presented with Chris Alen Sula at National Association for Computing and Philosophy Conference, Chicago, IL, July, 2007.
Guest Lectures, Public Lectures, etc.
- "Climate Change: An Introduction." Guest lecture for ES 200 Introduction to Environmental Studies at University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. March 17, 2014.
- "Governance for Geoengineering Research." Presentation to the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Washington, DC. December 9, 2013.
- "When in Rome...Culture and Morality." Part of the "Big Ideas" Lecture Series. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham, AL, November 14, 2013.
- "Some Key Philosophical Concepts for Thinking about Geoengineering." Lecture, Fourth Interdisciplinary Geoengineering Summer School ("Solar Radiation Management: Exploring Uncertainties and Trade-offs"), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, August 5, 2013.
- "The Need for New Energy Sources—Climate Change and Global Poverty." Lecture, UAB Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum, Birmingham, AL, January 24, 2012.
- "Epicurus and Epictetus: Two Ancient Theories of Happiness." Lecture at Donaldson Correctional Institute, Bessemer, AL, November 6, 2011.
- "Faith & Reason in Dialogue: Whose Worldview?" Panel discussion on reason and faith, Birmingham, AL, September 18, 2011.
- "Faith & Reason in Dialogue: Whose Truth?" Dialogue with Brandon Robbins of the Apologetics Resource Center, Birmingham, AL, June 19, 2011.
- "Moral psychology and moral intuitions." Guest lecture for Philosophy 358 Ethical Theory, Lehman College, The City University of New York, New York, NY, March 22, 2011.
- "Faith & Reason." Dialogue with Brandon Robbins of the Apologetics Resource Center, November 4, 2010
Academic, University & Professional Service
- Book reviews editor, Ethics, Policy & Environment
- Faculty advisor, UAB Philosophy Club, 2012/13
- Participant, Alpha Lambda Delta's "Raft Debate," University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011, 2012
- Co-organizer, Conference on the Normative Implications of Moral Psychology, co-sponsored by the UAB Philosophy Department and UAB's Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences, November 2011
- Member, UAB Research Ethics Advisory Committee, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Fall 2011–Spring 2012
- Co-Creator, Phylo Jobs, a free online listing of job openings in philosophy
- Ethics & Civic Responsibility committee, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010–2011
- Webmaster, CUNY Graduate Center Philosophy Program, 2006/07–2007/08
- Conference organizer, CUNY Graduate Center Student Philosophy Conference, 2005/06
Awards & Honors