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Peter A. French is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Arizona State University.  He was the Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the founding Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 2000 to 2013.  Before that he was the Cole Chair in Ethics, Director of the Ethics Center, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the University of South Florida.  He was the Lennox Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Trinity University, and served as Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware.  During his distinguished 48-year career in academia he has also been a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and Northern Arizona University.  Dr. French earned a BA from Gettysburg College, an MA from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and did post-doctoral work at Oxford University.  He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree for his work in philosophy and ethics from Gettysburg College in 2006.

Dr. French has an international reputation in ethical and legal theory and in collective and corporate responsibility and criminal liability.  He is the author of twenty books including War and Moral Dissonance; The Virtues of Vengeance; Cowboy Metaphysics; Ethics and College Sports; Corporate Ethics; Responsibility Matters; Collective and Corporate Responsibility; Ethics in Government; The Scope of Morality; Corporations in the Moral Community; The Spectrum of Responsibility; Corrigible Corporations and Unruly Laws; and War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash.   He is a founding editor with Howard Wettstein of Midwest Studies in Philosophy, a leading annual book series in analytic philosophy.  As a single author, co-author, and editor he has contributed 61 books to the philosophical literature.

Dr. French has lectured at locations around the world.  Some of his works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, French, Serbian, and Spanish.  Dr. French also was the editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy for 16 years and general editor of the Issues in Contemporary Ethics series.  He has published scores of articles in the major philosophical and legal journals and reviews, many of which have been anthologized.  In 2002 Dr. French was appointed to the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association.  In 2008 the APA’s Newsletter on Philosophy and Law dedicated an issue to his work, and at its 2014 Central Division meetings in Chicago, the APA honored him with a session on his work.

 

Publications
  • Peter A. French. War and Moral Dissonance. (2011).
  • Peter A. French (with Michelle Saint). Film and the Emotions: Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXXIV. (2010).
  • Peter A. French. "Worthwhile Living in Second Life". The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work (2010).
  • Peter A. French and Michelle Saint. "The Horror of the Weeping Angels". Dr. Who and Philosophy (2010).
  • Peter A. French and Howard Wettstein and Ernest LePore. Philosophy and Poetry/ Midwest Studies in Philosophy Volume 33. (2009).
  • Peter A. French. Truth and Its Deformities. (2008).
  • Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein. Philosophy and the Empirical. (2007).
  • French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXX. (2006).
  • French, Peter A. Corporate Moral Agency (revised). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Business Ethics, Volume II Second Edition (2005).
  • Peter French. Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment: Capitalism, Corporations, and Individuals. International Social Science Journal (2005).
  • French, Peter A, Short, Jason. War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash. (2005).
  • French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard, Martin Fischer, John. Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXIX. (2005).
  • Peter French. Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment and the Moral Agency of Health Care Organizations. Institutional Integrity in Health Care (2004).
  • French, Peter A. Ethics and College Sports: Ethics, Sports, and the University. (2004).
  • French, Peter A. The American Philosophers: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. (2004).
  • French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. The American Philosophers: Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVIII. (2004).
  • Peter French. Ethical Revenge in Westerns. Understanding Film Genres (2003).
  • Peter French. Ethics, Intercollegiate Sports, and the Mission of the University. Professional Ethics (2003).
  • French, Peter A. Journal of Social Philosophy. (2003).
  • French, Peter A, Wettstein, Howard. Meaning in the Arts: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. (2003).
  • Peter French. Honor, Shame, and Identity. Public Affairs Quarterly (2002).
  • Peter French, M Haney. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. Contemporary Philosophy (2002).
  • . . Rethinking Professional Issues in Special Education (2002).
  • Peter French, James Paul, Ann Cranston-Gingras. Ethics and Special Education. Focus on Exception Children (2001).
  • French, Peter A. The Virtues of Vengeance. (2001).
  • . . The Leader's Imperative (2001).
  • . . War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoings (2001).
  • French, Peter A (Author) . Ethics and Death in Westerns. Reason and Culture (2001).
  • French, Peter. The Meaning of Democracy: A Western Perspective. Philosophy Documentation Center (2001).
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 405Moral Psychology
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 530Moral Psychology
PHI 572Studies in Phil of Language
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 403Contemp Analytic Philosophy
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 58620th and 21st C. Philosophers
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 590Reading and Conference
Presentations
  • Peter A. French. "Divided Loyalties: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Chaplain Corps". Divided Loyalties Conference - Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Feb 2011).
  • Peter A. French. Torture. Coastal Carolina University, Jackson Family Memorial Lecture, April 2010 (Apr 2010).
  • French, Peter. Reading Aristotle in Baghdad. Arizona Wiseguys (Oct 2006).
  • French, Peter. Two Kinds of Business Ethics. (Oct 2006).
  • French, Peter. Chicks and 'Noles: Some Ethical Issues About American Indian Mascots and Logos. Pride or Prejudice Conference (Oct 2006).
  • French, Peter. Kafka, Casey, and Me. (Jun 2006).
  • French, Peter. Why Apply Ethics? Some Lessons Learned from Reading Wilder, Crane, and Carroll. University of North Carolina Charlotte Ethics Program (Apr 2006).
  • French, Peter. The Exploration of American Values in American Films. (Aug 2005).
  • French, Peter. Public Memories, Heritage, and Collective Responsibility for Historical Wrongs. United States Naval Academy (Oct 2004).
  • French, Peter. Inference Gaps in Moral Assessment: Capitalism, Corporations, and Individuals. The Moralization of Capitalism Conference, CERI, Paris, France (May 2004).
  • French, Peter. Memories Are Made of This. University of California, Riverside Philosophy Colloquium (Apr 2004).
  • French, Peter. The Virtues of Vengeance. (Nov 2002).
  • French, Peter. Honor and Vengeance. (Oct 2002).
  • French, Peter. Ethics and the Current State of Journalism. (Jul 2002).
  • French, Peter. Thoughts on Stuff I Haven't Thought Much About in Years. Society for Business Ethics, Annual Meeting (Aug 2001).
  • French, Peter. Revenge in the Western. American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings (May 2001).
  • French, Peter. Ethics and Intercollegiate Sports. (Oct 2000).
  • French, Peter. Karmic and Nonkarmic Moral Theories. (Mar 2000).
  • French, Peter. Public Memory and Collective Responsibility. The David Ringelheim Memorial Lecture, Florida Atlantic University
Service
  • David Lincoln Community Ethics Series at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Moderator (2010 - Present)
  • Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Philosophy Department Target Search Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Arizona Arts, Sciences and Technology Academy, Founding Fellow (2006 - Present)
  • Arizona Arts, Sciences and Technology Academy, Member, Board of Governors (2006 - Present)
  • Chautauqua Institution, New York, Organizer and Presenter for the Lincoln Center at Chautauqua Applied Ethics Week (2006 - Present)
  • Scholarship Committees for Marshall, Rhodes, Truman Scholarships, Committee member (2006 - Present)
  • The Business Ethics Quarterly, Member of the Board (2006 - Present)
  • The Business Ethics Quarterly, Member of the Board (2006 - Present)
  • The Journal of Social Philosophy, member Editorial Board (2005 - Present)
  • Migs Woodside's Seminars, Advisor, presenter, and coordinator (2004 - Present)
  • Migs Woodside's Seminars, Advisor, presenter, and coordinator (2004 - Present)
  • Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member (2004 - Present)
  • Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member (2004 - Present)
  • Woodside Award for Community Embeddedness, Selection Committee Member and ASU Representative (2004 - Present)
  • Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Chair (2004 - Present)
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, Member: Advisory Board of the Center (2004 - Present)
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, Member: Advisory Board of the Center (2004 - Present)
  • Better Business Bureau, Evaluator of their annual ethics prizes for Arizona (2003 - Present)
  • Better Business Bureau Ethics Award Judge, Evaluator of their annual ethics prizes for Arizona (2003 - Present)
  • Chautauqua Institution, New York, Organizer and Presenter for the Lincoln Center at Chautauqua Applied Ethics Week (2002 - Present)
  • Lincoln Professors Council, Chair (2002 - Present)
  • Lincoln Center Board, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2001 - Present)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Board, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Lincoln Professors Council, Head-Director (2001 - Present)
  • CLAS Dean's Administrative Council, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2000 - Present)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Founder and Senior Editor (1975 - Present)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXII Truth and Its Deformities, Founder and Senior Editor (2008 - 2008)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXI Empirical Philosophy, Founder and Senior Editor (2007 - 2007)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXX Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility, Founder and Senior Editor (2006 - 2006)
  • The Matchette Foundation, Member of the Board of Advisors (2006 - 2006)
  • Department of Defense for Ethics Training for Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Chaplains, Subject Matter Expert (2005 - 2006)
  • The Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, SUbject Matter Expert - Teacher of Ethics (2006 - 2006)
  • Philosophy Department Personnel Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXIX The Metaphysics of Free Will, Founder and Senior Editor (2005 - 2005)
  • American Philosophical Association, Chair, Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession (2002 - 2005)
  • American Philosophical Association, Member, Board of Officers (2002 - 2005)
  • ASU Faculty Development Program, Mentor to a junior faculty member (2004 - 2005)
  • Philosophy Department Search Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Ethics, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVIII The American Philosophers, Founder and Senior Editor (2004 - 2004)
  • The Journal of Social Philosophy, Editor (2004 - 2004)
  • Better Business Bureau, Evaluator of their annual ethics prizes for Arizona (2004)
  • CLAS Dean's Administrative Council, Member (2004)
  • Lincoln Center Board, Member (2004)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2004)
  • Lincoln Professors Council, Chair (2004)
  • North American Society for Social Philosophy, Member of the Board of Directors (2004)
  • Presentations to Community Groups and Seminars, Presenter (2004)
  • Public Affairs Quarterly, Member of the Advisory Board (2004)
  • Scholarship Committees for Marshall, Rhodes, Truman Scholarships, Committee member (2004)
  • The Business Ethics Quarterly, Member of the Board (2004)
  • Philosophy Department Graduate Committee, member (2001 - 2004)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVII Meaning and the Arts, Founder and Senior Editor (2003 - 2003)
  • American Philosophical Association National Fund Raising Committee, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • American Philosophical Association, Chair, Committee on the Status and Future of the Profression (2003)
  • American Philosophical Association, Member, Board of Officers (2003)
  • Committee on Rhodes, Marshall, and other Scholarships, Member (2003)
  • Dean's Administrative Council, Member (2003)
  • Editions Rodpi, Universal Justice Series, Member of the Editorial Board (2003)
  • Evaluator for the Better Business Bureau's Annual Ethics Awards for Arizona Businesses, Evaluator of the nominated companies (2003)
  • Lincoln Center Board, Member - Director (2003)
  • Outside Evaluator for Promotion and Tenure, Evaluator of the scholarship of five candidates for promotion and tenure at the following universities: Florida Atlantic University, Missouri Western, Fordham, University of Delaware, and Cincinnati (2003)
  • Philosophy Department Graduate Committee, Member (2003)
  • Search Committee - Bioethics, Member (2003)
  • The Journal of Social Philosophy, Editor (2003)
  • The Matchette Foundation, Member of the Board of Advisors (2003)
  • University of Birmingham, UK, Outside Evaluator of the scholarship of a Fellowship Candidate from Africa (2003)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVI Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy, Founder and Senior Editor (2002 - 2002)
  • Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXV Figurative Language, Founder and Senior Editor (2001 - 2001)