Curriculum Vitae, David R. Morrow

Last updated on Wed, May 24, 2017
David R. Morrow (George Mason University)

Contact Information

George Mason University
Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy
Robinson Hall
Fairfax, VA

Academic Appointments

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Abstracts and manuscripts for selected publications are available through

Journal articles & book chapters


  • Melchert, Norman and David R. Morrow. The Great Conversation, 8th ed. New York: Oxford University Press (under contract).
  • Morrow, David R. Giving Reasons: An Extremely Short Introduction to Critical Thinking. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2017 (in press).
  • Morrow, David R. Moral Reasoning. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Available June 1, 2017.
  • Morrow, David R. and Anthony Weston. A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking, Second Edition. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2015.

Other short pieces

  • Morrow, David R. Review of Stephen M. Gardiner & David A. Weisbach's Debating Climate Ethics. Environmental Ethics (forthcoming).
  • 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.

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.

Conference Presentations

  • 2015

    • "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.
  • 2014

    • "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.
  • 2013

  • 2012

    • "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.
  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2008

    • "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.
  • 2007

Guest Lectures, Public Lectures, etc.

  • 2014

    • "Climate Change: An Introduction." Guest lecture for ES 200 Introduction to Environmental Studies at University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. March 17, 2014.
  • 2013

    • "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.
  • 2012

    • "The Need for New Energy Sources—Climate Change and Global Poverty." Lecture, UAB Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum, Birmingham, AL, January 24, 2012.
  • 2011

  • 2010

    Academic, University & Professional Service

    Awards & Honors

    • UAB EMSAP Class of 2013 Outstanding Professor Award
    • UAB Disability Support Services Outstanding Faculty Award, Fall 2011
    • Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
    • Montgomery County Superintendent's Writing Award, 1987, 1988