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Jon GarthoffJon Garthoff

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

Phone:  865-974-3255
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, such as perception, consciousness, and judgment – figure in our best understandings of ethics, politics, and law.

Recent, representative publications

  • 'The Dialectical Activity of Becoming Just', in Justice, Ed. Mark LeBar (Oxford 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.
  • 'On the Respectful Use of Animals', Between the Species 16:1, 2013.
  • 'The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus Revisited', The Journal of Value Inquiry 46:2, 2012.
  • 'Meriting Concern and Meriting Respect', Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy 5:2, 2011.
  • 'Legitimacy Is Not Authority', Law and Philosophy 29:6, 2010.
  • 'Structuring Ends', Philosophia 38:4, 2010.

Recent Representative Courses

  • Phil 540 Animal Psychology and Moral Status
  • Phil 392 Philosophy of Law
  • Phil 340 Ethical Theory
  • Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy


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