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Shane Courtland, Professor of Philosophy, on Thomas Hobbes, April 2014


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Shane D. Courtland is the managing director of the Center for Free Enterprise at West Virginia University. His main research interests lie in three different areas: political philosophy, ethical theory and applied ethics.

Courtland earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 2001. He wrote his doctoral dissertation, “A Hobbesian Account of Public Reason,” under the supervision of Professor Eric Mack, receiving his doctorate from the Tulane University Department of Philosophy in 2008, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tulane for 2008-2009. Dr. Courtland’s research interests include Ethics, Meta-ethics, Political Philosophy, Animal Rights, and Social Contract Theory.

With Gerald Gaus, he is the author of the entry on Liberalism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His reviews have appeared in Human Rights Review and Utilitas. His article, “Public Reason and the Hobbesian Dilemma,” appeared in Hobbes Studies in 2007.

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