David K. Chan

Professor of Philosophy

Education

Ph.D. — Philosophy, Stanford University
M.A. — Philosophy, National University of Singapore
B.A. — Philosophy (First Class Honors), University of Melbourne, Australia
Curriculum Vitae (P​DF​)

Biography

David K. Chan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, with research interests in moral psychology, virtue ethics, the ethics of war, medical ethics, and Greek philosophy.  He has published books on the ethics of war and on action theory, and is now writing a book on virtue ethics. Chan studied philosophy on three continents, at the University of Melbourne in Australia (B.A. Honors), the National University of Singapore (M.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). He came to Stevens Point from Singapore, where he has taught at the National University of Singapore. He was a Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities in 2004-5 and 2008-9, and a two-time Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics in Hawaii, and at the United Nations Association of Singapore.

Select Publications

Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016)
"The Concept of Human Dignity in the Ethics of Genetic Research,” Bioethics (2014)
Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
(Edited Volume) War, Peace and Ethics, a special issue of Philosophy in the Contemporary World 19:2 (Fall 2012)
“Just War, Noncombatant Immunity, and the Concept of Supreme Emergency,” Journal of Military Ethics 11 (2012)
“The Ethics of War and Law Enforcement in Defending Against Terrorism,” Social Philosophy Today 28 (2012)
“Co-existence as an Ethics of War,” Theoretical and Applied Ethics 1:4 (2012)
“Is Choice Good or Bad for Justice in Healthcare?” American Philosophical
 Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine 11:2 (Spring 2012)
"A Reappraisal of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing" in Action, Ethics, and Responsibility, ed. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2010)
(Edited volume) Moral Psychology Today: Essays on Values, Rational Choice, and the Will (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008)
"Reasoning without Comparing," American Philosophical Quarterly (2010)
"Wrongful Life, Wrongful Disability, and the Argument Against Cloning" in Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences, ed. Frederick Adams (Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2007)
"How War Affects People: Lessons from Euripides," Philosophy in the Contemporary World (2006)
"Are There Extrinsic Desires?" Nous (2004).
 

Recent Conferences

"Unplanned Shared Agency," American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri (2017)
"The Moral Question Concerning Weapons of War," 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, McDaniel College (2016)
"Akrasia, Reason, and Desire," Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (2016)
"Becoming Just: Law and Virtue in Aristotelian Ethics," 32nd International Social Philosophy Conference, William Jewell College (2015)
"Justice and the Role of Law in Aristotle's Ethics and Politics," Tenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Marquette University (2015)
"The Moral Significance of Non-Intentional Agency," Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2015)
"Civil War Crimes and the Myth of Limited Intervention," International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) Symposium, University of Notre Dame (2014)
"War Crimes and Limited Interventions in Civil Wars,” 21
st Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, San Jose State University (2014)
“War Crimes and Limited Interventions in Civil Wars,” 31
st International Social Philosophy Conference, Southern Oregon University (2014)
“Virtuous Self-Sacrifice and Happiness,” Happiness: A Conference on the Virtues, Viterbo University (2014)
“Reason, Evaluation, and the Argument Against Ethical Rationalism,” Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014)
The Moral Risk in Self-Defense,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco (2013)
“War and the Problem of Nuclear Proliferation,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Group Meeting of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, San Francisco (2013)
“The Concept of Human Dignity in the Bioethics of Genetic Research,” 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Estes Park, Colorado (2013)
“Self-Defense and Possible Threats,” 29th International Social Philosophy Conference, Northeastern University, Boston (2012)
“Targeted Killings and Drone Strikes,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago (2012)

Awards

Winner, 2013 University Scholar Award

Service

  • Associate Chair, American Philosophical Association Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement
  • American Philosophical Association Central Division Program Committee member (2010-11)
  • Editorial Board of Philosophy in the Contemporary World
  • Organizer of Conference on Values, Rational Choice, and the Will at UWSP in 2004

Contact Information


Email: dchan@uwsp.edu
​Office: ​CCC 422
​Phone: ​715.346.3735
​Fax: ​715.346.4215

Classes


​PHIL 101 ​Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 302 ​Ethics and Medicine
PHIL 305 Ethics
PHIL 325 Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHIL 335 Ethics of War
​PHIL 490 Seminar

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