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Peter de Marneffe

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Director of Undergraduate Studies & Professor, Philosophy
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Peter de Marneffe is a professor of philosophy and the author of "Liberalism and Prostitution" (Oxford University Press, 2010) and "The Legalization of Drugs" with Doug Husak (Cambridge University Press, 2005). His areas of scholarly expertise are political philosophy and philosophy of law.  He has published essays on individual rights, government paternalism, constitutional interpretation, drug laws, and polygamy laws. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University in 1989, the same year he joined the faculty at ASU, and wrote his dissertation, "Liberalism and Education," under the direction of John Rawls and Thomas Scanlon. He has been a visiting fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University.

Education
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University 1989
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Massachusetts 1981
  •  Oberlin College, 1975-1977
Publications
  • Peter de Marneffe. Basic Liberties. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Dworkin, Ronald. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Individualism. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Neutrality. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Paternalism. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Scanlon, T.M. The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015).
  • . . Review of: Liberalism Without Perfection (2014).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Against the Legalization of Drugs. Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, 2nd edition (2014).
  • Peter de Marneffe. The Possibility and Desirability of Neutrality. Political Neutrality: A Re-evaluation (2014).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Sexual Freedom and Impersonal Value. Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Contractualism, Personal Values, and Well-Being. New Essays in Moral Philosophy (2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Self-Sovereignty and Paternalism. Paternalism: Theory and Practice (2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Vice Laws and Self-Sovereignty. Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Liberalism and Prostitution. (2010).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Decriminalize, Don't Legalize. Disputed Moral Issues (2010).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Avoiding Paternalism. Philosophy & Public Affairs (2006).
  • Peter de Marneffe. The Slipperiness of Neutrality. Social Theory and Practice (2006).
  • de Marneffe, Peter L, Husak, Douglas. The Legalization of Drugs. (2005).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Popular Sovereignty, Original Meaning, and Common Law Constitutionalism. Law and Philosophy (2004).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Against the Legalization of Heroin. Criminal Justice Ethics (2003).
  • Peter de Marneffe. An Objection to Attitudinal Hedonism. Philosophical Studies (2003).
  • . . Moral and Political Education (2002).
  • Peter de Marneffe. The Problem of Evil, the Social Contract, and the History of Ethics. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2001).
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 347Phil Theories of Constitut Law
PHI 790Reading and Conference
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 339Philosophy of Art
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 191First-Year Seminar
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 347Phil Theories of Constitut Law
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 546Studies in Politicl Philosophy
PHI 792Research
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 336Social/Political Philosophy
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
PHI 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 339Philosophy of Art
PHI 347Phil Theor/Constitut Interpret
PHI 493Honors Thesis
PHI 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 336Social/Political Philosophy
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
PHI 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 339Philosophy of Art
PHI 347Phil Theor/Constitut Interpret
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 336Social/Political Philosophy
PHI 592Research
Presentations
  • Peter de Marneffe. Drugs Laws and Self-Sovereignty. Davidson College Senior Philosophy Colloquium (Mar 2014).
  • Peter de Marneffe. The Legal Response to Hate Speech: Should the U.S. be more like Europe?. A debate with Jeremy Waldron and James Weinstein at the Sandra Day O'connor College of Law (Oct 2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Aesthetic Pleasure and Rationality. Northern Illinois University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series (Apr 2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Contractualism, Personal Values, and Well-Being. Social Philosophy & Policy Conference: New Essays in Moral Philosophy (Jan 2013).
  • Peter de Marneffe. More Libertarianism Without Foundations: Comments on Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority. Current Research Workshop, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona (Nov 2012).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Equality, Impersonal Value, and The Problem of Evil: Reflections on Allen Buchanan’s Better than Human: The Perils and Promise of Enhancing Ourselves. Current Research Workshop, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona (May 2012).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Social Issues and the Liberal Tradition. The past and future of American conservatism conference (Apr 2012).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Vice Laws and Self-Sovereignty. Workshop on Vice and Crime, Rutgers School of Law--Newark (Sep 2011).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Self-Sovereignty and Paternalism. Workshop on Authority, Coercion and Paternalism, Department of Philosophy, University of Graz (May 2011).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Comment on Joshua Greene, "Beyond Point and Shoot Morality: Why Cognitive (Neuro)Science Matters for Ethics". Origins of Morality Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Philosophy, Liberty, Polygamy. IHR Faculty Seminar Series (Sep 2010).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Liberty and Degradation. Department of Philosophy, Indiana University (Apr 2009).
  • Peter de Marneffe. Liberty and Degradation. ASU College of Law (Feb 2009).
  • Peter de Marneffe. The Possibility and Desirability of Neutrality. Conference on Liberal Neutrality, McGill University (May 2008).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. Comment on Sharon Lloyd, "Mill’s Realistic Utopia: Politics Before Ethics,". American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings (Mar 2008).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. Comment on Andrew Lister, "Public Justification and the Limits of State Action". Workshop on Public Reason (Nov 2007).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. What's Luck Got to Do with It?. The Morality of Fortune Conference, USC Center for Law & Philosophy (Mar 2006).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. Should Drugs Be Legalized?. The Great Debate Series, University of Delaware (Sep 2004).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. Reasons to Resist Legalizing Drugs. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting (Dec 2002).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. On Seana Shiffrin, "Contracts and Paternalism". Arizona State University Philosophy of Law Conference (Feb 2000).
  • de Marneffe, Peter. Left or Right?. Spirit of the Senses
  • de Marneffe, Peter. On David Mapel, "The Right of National Self-Defense". Conference on War, Law, and Morality
  • de Marneffe, Peter. "What's Luck Got to Do with It?. Arizona Moral and Political Philosophy Conference
Service
  • Assistant Professor Philosophy Search Committee, chair (2014 - Present)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, Chair, Philosophy Personnel Subcomittee (2014 - Present)
  • SHPRS Transdisciplinary Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • SHPRS Transdisciplinary Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • American Political Thought Post-Doc Search Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, Chair, Philosophy Personnel Subcommittee (2013 - Present)
  • Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, advisory board member (2013 - Present)
  • Science Cafe at Arizona Science Center, co-discussant with Braden Allenby, topic: Privacy in the Nano City (2013 - Present)
  • Ethics Review Committee, committee member (2013 - Present)
  • Northern Illinois University PI Academy for Research and Engagement, PI mentor (2013 - Present)
  • Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, invited speaker (2010 - Present)
  • Phi Alpha Delta, invited speaker (2009 - Present)
  • Spirit of the Senses, invited speaker (2009 - Present)
  • Spirit of the Senses, invited speaker (2009 - Present)
  • Spirit of the Senses, speaker (2008 - Present)
  • Social Theory and Practice, manuscript referee (2008 - Present)
  • Sun Angel Excellence in Humanities Research Faculty Selection Committee, committee member (2004 - Present)
  • Research Awards Committee, member (2013 - 2013)
  • General Studies Council, Literacy and Critical Inquiry Subcommittee member (2013 - 2013)
  • General Studies Council, Literacy and Critical Inquiry Subcommitee member (2012 - 2012)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Election 2012 Public Lecture Series, invited speaker (2012 - 2012)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Head of Faculty of Philosophy (2012 - 2012)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, SHPRS transition committee (2011 - 2011)
  • General Studies Council, Literacy and Critical Inquiry Subcommittee (2011 - 2011)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Head of Faculty of Philosophy (2011 - 2011)
  • Spirit of the Senses, invited speaker (2011 - 2011)
  • General Studies Council, Literacy and Critical Inquiry Subcommittee, member (2010 - 2010)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Head of Faculty of Philosophy (2010 - 2010)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Head of Faculty of Philosophy (2009 - 2009)
  • General Studies Council, Member of Literacy and Critical Inquiry Subcommittee (2009 - 2009)
  • Department of Philosophy, Interim Chair (2009 - 2009)
  • Department of Philosophy, Interim Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • General Studies Council, member of Literacy and Critical Inquiry Sbucommittee (2008 - 2008)
  • Department of Philosophy, Associate Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Dean's Undergraduate Scholarship in the Humanities Faculty Selection Committee, committee member (2007)
  • Spirit of the Senses, speaker (2007 - 2007)
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair (2006 - 2007)
  • Social Theory and Practice, manuscript referee (2007)
  • Philosophical Studies, manuscript referee (2007)
  • Ethics, manuscript referee (2007)
  • The Journal of Political Philosophy, manuscript referee (2007)
  • Law and Philosophy, manuscript referee (2007)
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, manuscript referee (2007)
  • Social Theory and Practice, manuscript referee (2006)
  • Philosophical Studies, manuscript referee (2006)
  • Ethics, manuscript referee (2006)
  • Performance Review Committee, Chair (2006)
  • Spirit of the Senses, Discussed the philosophy of freedom (2006 - 2006)
  • Polity, manuscript (2005)
  • Colloqium Committee, sole member (2004 - 2005)
  • Curriculum Committee, member (2003 - 2005)
  • Graduate Committee, member (2003 - 2005)
  • The Journal of Political Philosophy, manuscript referee (2005 - 2005)
  • Spirit of the Senses, Discussed issues involving moral rights and liberty with salon members (2004 - 2004)
  • Performance Review Committee, member (2003 - 2004)
  • Colloquium Committee, Chair (2004)
  • Journal of Social Philosophy, manuscript referee (2004)
  • Onsager Lecture Series, Director (2004)
  • Pacific Philsophical Quarterly, manuscript referee (2004)
  • Philosophical Studies, manuscript referee (2004)
  • Political Studies, manuscript referee (2004)
  • Polity, manuscript referee (2004)
  • Philosophy Talk, Invited to discuss the issue of drug legalization on the air with the hosts (2004 - 2004)
  • Ethics, manuscript referee (2003)
  • Social Theory and Practice, manuscript referee (2003)
  • Sonoran Living Channel 15 (local ABC), Panel Discussant (2003 - 2003)