Jason Zinser

Assistant Professor

Education

 
Ph.D. – Philosophy, Florida State University
M.A. – Philosophy, Texas A&M University
B.A. – Philosophy and Psychology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

 

Biography

Jason Zinser received his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from UWSP, a M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University.  He previously taught at the University of North Florida and at the University of Wisconsin Colleges.  His research interests center on issues in the history and philosophy of biology and in environmental ethics.  Although he misses the beaches and food of the Gulf Coast, he is very happy to have returned home to the woods and farms of Central Wisconsin.   

Select Publications

 

 “Meme.  (2009)  In M. Ruse and J. Travis (eds.) Evolution: The First Four Billion Years. Harvard University Press.

“Chance and Evolution.”  (2009)  In M. Ruse and J. Travis (eds.) Evolution: The First Four Billion Years.  Harvard University Press.

 “Altruism.”  (2009)  In M. Ruse and J. Travis (eds.) Evolution: The First Four Billion Years. Harvard University Press

“The Good, the Bad, and the Daily Show.”  (2007)  In J. Holt (ed.) The Daily Show and Philosophy, Blackwell; 41-53

Reprinted in “They Say, I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (Second Edition).  (2011)  Edited by Graft, Birkenstein and Durst.  W.W. Norton and Co.

“The Public’s Role in Science Policy.” (2005)  The American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 5, no. 6; 58-60

 

“Prolegomena Toward Any Future Artificial Moral Agent.”  (2000)  With Colin Allen and Gary Varner.  Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 12: 251-261

Conference Presentations

“Hypothetical Biological Spaces and Genetic Accessibility.”  International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences of Biology.  Montreal, Canada; Summer 2015

“Modality, Mousetraps and Miracles: Evolution and Genomic Accessibility.”  Indiana Philosophical Association.  Indianapolis, IN;  Spring 2014

“Environmental Crises and the Evolved Mind.”  International Society of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences of Biology.  Montpellier, France;  Summer 2013

“Innate Dispositions and Moral Decisions.”  Integrating Development and Climate Change Ethics Conference, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute.  State Collage, PA;  Spring 2010

“Are we Ecological Sociopaths?”  Mississippi Philosophical Association. Starkville, MS;  Spring 2010
 
“It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  Stevens Institute of Technology.  Hoboken, NJ;  Spring 2009
 

““Modality and Biology.”  University of Colorado Conference on Modality and Science.  Boulder, CO;  Fall 2007

 

“Naturalizing Irreducible Complexity.”  International Society of History, Philosophy and Social Science of Biology.  Exeter, England; Summer 2007

“Chance as a Modal Concept.”  Duke University Conference in the Philosophy of Biology: Chance in Evolution.  Spring 2007

“What is Biologically Possible?” Philosophy of Science Association.  Vancouver, Canada; Fall 2006

“Modal Concepts in the Biological Sciences.”  British Society for the Philosophy of Science.  Canterbury, England; Summer 2004

“Biological Possibilities.”  International Society of History, Philosophy and Social Science of Biology.  Vienna, Austria; Summer 2003

Contact Information

 


 

 

Email: Jason.Zinser@uwsp.edu

Office: CCC 419

Phone: 715.346.4146