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Emeritus, Retired, and Deceased Faculty

Betsy PostowBetsy Postow

Professor (Deceased)


Her Ph.D. is from Yale University and she joined the department in the fall of 1972.

Ethical theory, business ethics, feminist ethics

Recent, representative publications

  • Book
    • Reasons for Action: Toward a Normative Theory and Meta-Level Criteria, (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999).

  • Articles & Chapters
    • "Care Ethics and Impartial Reasons," Hypatia, forthcoming.
    • "Toward Honest Ethical Pluralism," Philosophical Studies, (2007) 132: 191-210.
    • "Supererogation Again," Journal of Value Inquiry, , (2005) 39: 245-253.
    • "A Partial Application Procedure for Ross's Ethical Theory," Journal of Philosophical Research, 31 (2006), 239-248.
    • "Sterba on Morality as a Compromise Between Self-Interested and Altruistic Reasons," Journal of Social Philosophy 36, No. 3 (2005), 388-395.
    • "The Unity and Authority of Reason," Social Theory and Practice 28, No. 3 (July 2002), 481-501.
    • "Agent-Neutral Reasons: Are They for Everyone?," Utilitas 9, No. 2 (1997), 249-257.
    • "Alternatives to Brandt's Theory of Reasons for Action," in Brad Hooker (ed.), Rationality, Rules, and Utility (Boulder: Westview Press, 1993), pp. 17-31.
    • "Gert's Definition of Irrationality," Ethics, 102, No. 1 (October 1991), 103-109.
    • "Thomson and the Trolley Problem," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 27, No. 4 (Winter 1989), 529-537.
    • "Darwall and the Impartial Standpoint," Philosophical Studies, 49, No. 1 (Jan. 1986), 125-144.
    • "Werner's Ethical Realism," Ethics, 95, No. 2 (January 1985), 285-291.

Recent, representative presentations

  • "The Correctness of a Moral View as Theoretical Success," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SSPP), Charleston, April 13, 2006.
  • "Williams on Metaethical Neutrality and Moral Disagreement." SSPP, Charleston, April 13, 2006. [Invited response.]
  • "Diversity-Friendly Acceptance of a Moral View," Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Jacksonville, March 4, 2006.
  • "ISCT and the Acceptance of Moral Norms," Society for Business Ethics (SBE), Honolulu, August 6, 2005.
  • "Weak Acceptance of a Moral View," American Philosophical Association (APA), Chicago, April 29, 2005.
  • "Audi on Self-Evident Moral Principles," APPE, San Antonio, February 26, 2005. [Invited paper for an "author meets critics" session.]
  • "Sterba on Morality as a Compromise Between Self-interested and Altruistic Reasons," American Society for Value Inquiry (ASVI), Boston, December 29, 2004. [Invited paper for an "author meets critics" session.]
  • "ISCT and the Bases of Validity and Invalidity," Conference on Contractarian Approaches to Business Ethics: The Evolution of ISCT, Wharton School of Business, Nov. 12, 2004.
  • "ISCT, Cosmopolitan Pluralism and International Business," SBE, New Orleans, August 8, 2004.
  • "A Partial Application Procedure For Ross's Ethical Theory," APA, Chicago, April 24, 2004.
  • "Valid Competing Moral Codes," APA, Pasadena, March 27, 2004.
  • "Respectful Cross-Cultural Dealings When Moral Codes Conflict," APPE, Cincinnati, February 27, 2004

Undergraduate courses in Ethical Theory, Feminist Theory, Business Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy

Graduate courses in Contemporary Ethical Theory, Feminist Ethics, Contemporary Meta-ethics, Business Ethics

  • Referee for Ethics (September 2005), Inquiry (June 2003), Journal of Business Ethics (January 2004, December 2004, March 2006), Journal of Ethics (April 2006), Journal of Moral Philosophy (September 2004),, Journal of Social Philosophy (August 2005, March 2006), Philosophical Psychology (March 2003, June 2003), Social Theory and Practice (March 2005)
  • Discussion Leader: "Feminist Ethics," U.T. Association of Women Faculty, February 21, 2006.
  • Executive Board, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), UTK Chapter, August 2003-May 2005.
  • Faculty Senate Appeals Committee (served as a non-senator by invitation), 2004-2005.
  • Vice President, AAUP, UTK Chapter, August 2001-May 2003.
  • Selection Committee, Arts and Sciences Research Awards for Junior and Senior Faculty, University of Tennessee, September 2003.

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