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Jon GarthoffJon Garthoff

Director of Graduate Studies
806B McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480

Fax: 865-974-3509

Curriculum Vitae

My Ph.D. is from UCLA, and I did my undergraduate work at Princeton. Before joining the Department here at Tennessee in 2011. I was an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

I work primarily in ethical theory and political philosophy. I am especially interested in how psychological capacities – including capacities possessed by many nonhuman animals, notably including consciousness and thought – figure in our best understandings of ethics, politics, and law.

Recent, representative publications

  • ‘Rawlsian Anti-Capitalism and Left Solidarity’Philosophy and Public Issues 10:1, 2020. 
  • ‘Animal Punishment and the Conditions of Responsibility’Philosophical Papers 49:1, 2020. 
  • ‘Against the Construction of Animal Ethical Standing’. In Kant and Animals, Eds. John Callanan and Lucy Allais (Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • ‘Shared Worlds and Shared Minds’. With Garriy Shteynberg (lead), Jacob Hirsh, and Alex Bentley. Psychological Review 127:5, 2020.
  • ‘Decomposing Legal Personhood’. Journal of Business Ethics 154:4, 2019.
  • ‘Playability as Realism’Journal of the Philosophy of Games 1:1, 2018.
  • ‘The Dialectical Activity of Becoming Just’. In Justice , Eds. Mark LeBar (Ocford University Press, 2018).
  • 'Rawlsian Stability', Res Publica 22:3, 2016
  • 'The Priority and Posteriority of Right', Theoria 81:3, 2015.
  • 'The Salience of Moral Character', The Southern Journal of Philosophy 53:2, 2015.

Recent Representative Courses

  • Phil 540 Animal Psychology and Moral Status
  • PHIL 375 Philosophy of Action
  • Phil 340 Ethical Theory
  • Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy


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