|Title:||Professor - Philosophy & Humanities|
B.A. in History from Grand Canyon College; Phoenix, AZ
M.Div. from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D. work in Theological Ethics at Drew University; Madison, NJ
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
My major field is political philosophy. I also have considerable graduate training in theology, moral theory, and international relations.
Areas of Specialization and Research
I work in political and moral theory, and in particular, in the connections between them. I also work on the relationship between theology, political theory, and political commitments. Additionally: democratic theory; theories and practices of peacebuilding, human security, violence, and global justice; political ecology; the moral theories of liberalism, communitarianism, and socialism; political theology, economics, and ethics.
âA Critique of Communitarianism: When Baptists Go Badâ Baylor University, 1999.
âFreedom Beyond Berlin: A Communitarian View of Libertyâ at Southern Utah University, April 2001.
âThe Strong Poet of the Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Humankind: Poesis and Mortality in Richard Rorty and Michael Oakeshottâ at Utah Valley University, 2001.
âOn Mormonism and America: An Essayâ at Utah Valley University, 2001.
âEpistemic Virtue: On the Nature of Truthâ at Utah Valley University, 2001.
âAn Anabaptist Perspective on Violence and Religionâ at Utah Valley Universityâs Annual Religion and the Humanities Conference, October 2001.
âTheistic Evolution: Christian Reflection on Darwinian Scienceâ at Utah Valley University, 2002.
âOn Postmodern Patriotism: Can Liberals be Patriotic?â at Utah Valley Universityâs fourth Annual Conference by the Faculty, September 2002.
âCan Liberal Theory be Radical?â at the Society of Radical Philosophy, Brown University, November 2002.
âSetting the Captives Free: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Intolerable Offense of Slaveryâ at Utah Valley Universityâs Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, 2003.
âOn Just War Theory and Iraqâ at Utah Valley University, 2003.
âWhat to do about Saddamâ at Utah Valley University, 2003.
âThe Politics of Jesusâ at Salt Lake Theological Seminary, 2003 (and at a Utah Valley University Philosophy Colloquium, Fall 2003).
âHobbes: Lessons from the First Great English Philosopher,â for Utah Valley Universityâs âGreat Thinkersâ lecture series, Fall 2003.
âPolitical Ecology and the Question of Sustainability: The Need for Democracy and Civil Societyâ at the 6th Annual Conference by the Faculty at Utah Valley University, September 2004.
âWhen Soldiers Arenât Heroesâ at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities co-sponsored by the Asia Pacific Institute of Peking University, the East-West Council for Education, and the University of Louisville Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, January 2005.
â¨âDemocratic Civil Society Under the Burden of Empireâ at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, June 2005.
âLoving Nature and Imaging God: A Sketch for a Political Theology of Natureâ at the Salt Lake Theological Seminary, July 2006.
âBeyond Rawls, Habermas, and Dryzek: Radical and Green Democratic Theory,â at the annual meeting of the Radical Philosophy Association, Omaha, November 4, 2006.
âJesus: God Made Poorâ at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Conference; Utah Valley University, January 17, 2007.
âDemocracy, Equality, and Economy: Necessary Trendsâ given at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Copenhagen, June 30, 2007.
âForgiveness as Political Practice and Economy: Double Negation and Reconciliationâ delivered at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Utah Valley University, January 2008.
âWhy Justice must be Global Justiceâ given at the 21st annual Environmental Ethics Conference at Utah Valley University, April 2008.
âDemocratic Virtues as a Means to Overcome Democratic Deficits and Provide Hopeâ at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, University of Costa Rica, July 22, 2008.
âWith and Beyond Poggeâs Brief for a Global Resource Dividend: A Sketchâ at First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City, October 10, 2008.
âDemocracy as Music, Music as Democracyâ given at the Radical Philosophy Association, San Francisco State University, November 7, 2008.
âThoughts about Words and Definitions with Special Reference to the Words âChristianâ and âChristianity,ââ at Utah Valley University, November 12, 2008.
âLiving Obliquely: Education for Democracyâ at the Grace A. Tanner Symposium on Culture and Democracy,â Southern Utah University, January 23, 2009.
"On Secularism and Politics," presented at the "Secularism Revisited" conference sponsored by the Religious Studies Committee at Utah Valley University, February 2, 2009.
âThe Politics of Jesus: Theopolitical Vision and Commissionâ at the annual âReligion and Public Lifeâ symposium at Salt Lake Community College, March 12, 2009.
âDemocracy: Can it be Rescued and Rebuilt?â at the 8th annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 13, 2010; and the Grace A. Tanner Symposium on Language, Rhetoric, and Democracy at Southern Utah University, January 22, 2010.
âMorality 101 and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Who Owes What to Whom and Whyâ at Utah Valley University, March 9, 2010.
âOn Boundaries and Frames and the Erasure of âWarâ and âPeaceââ at the 7th annual Global Conference on War and Peace, Prague, the Czech Republic, April 30-May 2, 2010; and the annual meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada, October, 2010.
âChristian Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Hopeâ at Salt Lake Community College, October 12, 2010.
"On the Legitimacy and Value of Violence," lecture given at Utah Valley University, organized by the Revolutionary Student Union; January 25, 2011.
"Learning from C. S. Lewis," lecture given for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for community members at Utah Valley University, August 11, 2011.
âThe Palestinian Karios Document as an Unintended Contribution to Conflict Transformation Theory and Practice,â at the annual meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association; Memphis, TN, October, 2011.
âJustice as Restoration,â at the 7th annual Restorative Justice and Death Penalty Symposium, Utah Valley University, November 3, 2011.
"Notes on Religion, Violence, and America," at the Questioning Minds Forum, Salt Lake City Main Library, September 9, 2012.
"Freedom of Speech in the United States: How We Have Too Much of It, and Not Enough," lecture given the Revolutionary Student Union at Salt Lake Community College, September 11, 2012.
"Human Development, Anthropogenic Climate Change, and the Demands of Justice," at the annual Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Tufts University, October 5, 2012; and the Intermountain Philosophy Conference, University of Utah, October 26, 2012.
"Art, Peacebuilding, and Reconciliation: Will Formation and Consequence," at the 4th annual International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation" sponsored by York St. John University, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, November 6-9, 2012.
"Climate Change in Relation to Security and Development in Central Asia with Special Attention to the Ferghana Valley," at the "Mountains and Climate" Conference held at the Kyrgyz International University, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic, December 11, 2012. Conference co-sponsored by many universities and organizations, including: the European Union, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Central Asia, the International Mountain Partnership, the Swiss, Indian, and Kyrgyz governments, and the UN Development Programme.
"Conflict Transformation, Nonviolence, Democratization, and Regime Change," for the Union of Guinean Students in the Americas conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, December 28, 2012.
"Nonviolent Resistance, Transformation, and Democratization in the Middle East: Success, Failure, and Possibilities," at the "Conference on Islam: The Price for Peace," February 28, 2013 at UVU
"Beijing and Washington as Partners in Response to Pyongyang: Possibilities within Democratic and Human Rights Tension," at the
"China and the Asia-Pacificâ The New U.S. Focus" conference, March 7, 2013 at UVU.
âAnabaptism," Encyclopedia of Religion and Violence, Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, ed. (New York: Rutledge, 2004).
âOn Postmodern Patriotismâ and âPolitical Ecology and the Question of Sustainabilityâ published by the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University.
âWhen Soldiers Arenât Heroesâ in the Fall 2004 issue of Teaching Ethics.
Living Ethics, with Christine Weigel (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage, 2008); second edition, 2011.
The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott: Contingency, Discourse, and âthe Politics of Conversationâ (Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, 2009).
âDemocracy as Music, Music as Democracy,â with Clifton Sanders, Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 12. Nos.1 and 2 (2009).
âLiving Obliquely: Education for Democracy,â Proceeds from the Grace A. Tanner Symposium on Culture and Democracy, January 2010.
âDemocracy Talk: Can It Rescue and Rebuild Democracy?â Political Rhetoric and Leadership in Democracy, Lee Trepanier, ed. (Cedar City: Southern Utah University Press, 2011), 49-66.
The following articles in The Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Deen Chatterjee, ed. (New York: Springer, 2011):
âCorporate Social Responsibilityâ
âDemocratic Peace Theoryâ
âGlobal Civil Societyâ
âHuman Rights Watchâ
âTrinitarian Economics,â Ryan McIlhenny, ed., Render Unto God (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2013); [forthcoming, 2013].
I am currently working on a book tentatively entitled, Democratic Virtues (will submit for contract early in 2013).
Research Liaison, Board of Directors, the Peace and Justice Studies Association
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
The International Peace Research Association
The Radical Philosophy Association
The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
I have taught or teach:
PHIL 2050: Ethics and Values
PHIL 1610: Western Religions
PHIL 3700: Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 450R: The Philosophy of Liberalism
PHIL 450R: Contemporary Political Philosophy
PHIL 451R: Virtue Ethics
PHIL 3510: Introduction to Christian Theology
PHIL 3530: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 450R: Religious Traditions and Nature
PHIL 3540: Christian Ethics
PHIL 450R: The World After 9/11
PHIL 450R: Senior Ethics Seminar: Ethics Bowl
PHIL 450R: Democratic Theory
PHIL 486R: Citizenship, Republicanism, and Democracy Across Borders
PJST 3000: Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies
PJST 3020: The Ethics of War and Peace
PHIL 490R: International Political Economy and Globalization
PHIL 450R: Gandhi, King, West, Marx, and Prophetic Politics
PHIL 366R: Liberation Theology
PHIL 450R: Democracy and the Democratic Peace Theory
PJST 475R: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
Other Academic Work
Director, Peace and Justice Studies Program
Chair, Philosophy and Humanities Department, 2009-2012
I have organized, or helped organize, 37 conferences and symposia at Utah Valley Sate College/Utah Valley University; and the 2012 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference at Tufts University; October 4-6, 2012. At UVU, annual symposia and conferences I organize or co-organize are: (1) the Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty (8th year in 2013), the J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice (8th year in 2013), and the Writing for Social Change Conference (1st year in 2012).
Received the 2008 Gandhi Peace Award from the Utah Gandhi Peace Alliance.
I serve on the UVU Religious Studies Committee.