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Dr. Jon Rick

Dr. Jon Rick

Currently Teaching

  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Cultural Animals: Morality and the Limits of Nature and Culture

Office Hours (Fall)

  • Fridays 9:30am – 12:00pm

Areas of Specialization

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy

Contact Information

Email: jrick
Office: 330 Griffin-Floyd Hall


Presentations & Workshops

  • "Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments," Center for the Core Curriculum, Columbia University, January 2016.
  • "Reconsidering Moral Impartiality," Ethics and Political Philosophy Colloquia, University of Toronto, February 2014.
  • Remarks on Gabriel Gottleib's "Constructivism without Constructivism," Illinois Philosophical Association, Urbana-Champaign, IL, November 2012.
  • "Forced to be Free?" Conference on "The Quest for Excellence: Liberal Arts and Core Texts", Association for Core Texts and Courses, New Haven, Connecticut, October 2011.
  • "Friendship, Love, and Other Apparent Moral Failings," Family Weekend Humanities Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 2011.
  • Panelist for "What Defines Fairness? Theories of Justice and Inequality," UNC Economics Club, Chapel Hill, NC, December 2009.
  • Workshop Participant for Chapel Hill/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Workshop on Non-Ideal Theory, Chapel Hill, NC, September 2009.
  • "The Impartial Spectator's Amour-Propre," The 250th Anniversary of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, International Adam Smith Society & The Adam Smith Review, Oxford, UK, January 2009.
  • Liberty Fund Colloquium on "Law in a Polite and Commercial Society: Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence and Blackstone's Commentaries,", Bath, UK, January 2009.
  • "Can We Find Hume's Virtue of Justice on His Own Terms?" American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2008.
  • "Sympathy and Engagement," Conference on Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, May 2006.
  • Comment on Nicholas Southwood's "Reasons, Reasonable Rejectability, Redundancy," Columbia/NYU Graduate Conference, New York, NY, March 2004.