Date Updated




Academic Rank

Professor Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

London School of Economics and Political Science, Politics, 1976, Ph.D.

Stanford University, Philosophy, 1970, A.B.

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 8/1986–12/2017

Tennessee State University, 8/1979–7/1986

University of Tennessee-Nashville, 9/1976–/1979

Administrative and Professional Experience

Fulbright Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, 2011–12

Research Fellowship, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U. S. Naval Academy, 2010–11

Co-Director, SJSU Study Abroad Program in Bath, England, Spring 2007

Chair of Philosophy Department, SJSU, 1992–2003

Resident Director, CSU International Program at the University of Zimbabwe,1999–2001

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Freie Universität, Berlin, 1987–88

Fulbright Senior Lectureship, University of Zimbabwe, 1983–84

NEH Fellowship in Residence at the University of Michigan, 1978–79

Selected Publications


Moore's Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War (London and New York: Routledge, 2016).

Business Ethics, 9th ed. (Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017).

Social and Personal Ethics. 8th ed (Boston: Cengage, 2014).

Moral Issues in Business. 13th ed., with Vincent Barry (Boston: Cengage, 2013).

(ed. with John Arthur). Readings in Philosophy of Law, 5th ed. (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 2010).

(ed.) G. E. Moore. Ethics. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

(ed.) Ethics at Work: Basic Readings in Business Ethics. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Contemporary Ethics: Taking Account of Utilitarianism (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999).

Moore on Right and Wrong: The Normative Ethics of G. E. Moore (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1995).

(ed. with John Arthur) Social and Political Philosophy. (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall,1992).

(ed. with John Arthur) Justice and Economic Distribution. 2nd ed.,(Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall 1991).

Marx's Theory of History (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1978).

Selected Book Chapters

"Mill and Modern Utilitarianism" in Christopher Macleod and Dale E. Miller, eds., A Companion to Mill (Oxford: Blackwell, 2017).

"Karl Marx on History, Capitalism, and ... Business Ethics?" in Eugene Heath and Byron Kaldis, eds., Wealth, Commerce and Philosophy: Foundational Thinkers and Business Ethics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

"Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War" in Ben Eggleston and Dale Miller, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

"Justice, Rights, and Rules in Mill’s Utilitarianism" in Leonard Kahn, ed., Mill on Justice (Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

"Contemporary Criticisms of Utilitarianism: A Response" in Henry West, ed., The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

"The Consequentialist Perspective," in James Dreier, ed., Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

"Welfare, Equality, and Distribution: Brandt from the Left" in Brad Hooker, ed., Rationality, Rules, and Utility: Essays on Richard Brandt's Moral Philosophy (Boulder, Colo: Westview, 1993).

"On the Paradox of Deontology" in John Heil, ed., Rationality, Morality, and Self-Interest: Essays Honoring Mark C. Overvold (Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1993).

"Marxism, Revolution, and Rationality" in T. Ball and J. Farr, eds., After Marx (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

Selected Articles

"In Defense of Corporate Social Responsibility," Public Affairs Quarterly Vol. 26 Iss. 3 (2012).

"Utilitarianism and Recourse to War," Utilitas Vol. 23 Iss. 4 (2011).

"Marxism, Business Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility," Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 84 Iss. 4 (2009).

"‘They Stole Our Land’: Debating the Expropriation of White Farms in Zimbabwe," Journal of Modern African Studies Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2003).

"Ruling Ideas," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, suppl. Vol. 15 (1989).

"Plekhanov on the Role of the Individual in History," Studies in Soviet Thought, Vol. 35 (1988).

"A Moral Theory for Marxists," Polity, Vol. 20, no. 3 (1988).

"Towards the One-Party State in Zimbabwe: A Study in African Political Thought," Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol, 24, no. 3 (September 1986).

"Boycotting South Africa," Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 3, no. 1 (1986).

"On the Morality of Nuclear Deterrence," Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 2, no. 1 (1985).

"Marx and Morgan," History and Theory, Vol. 23, no. 2 (1984).

"Nuclear Deterrence and Deontology," Ethics, Vol. 94, no. 2 (January 1984).

"Analogy and Inference," with L. Ashley, Dialogue, Vol. 22, no, 3 (September 1983).

"Marxism and Moral Objectivity," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, suppl. Vol. 7 (1981), pp. 19-44. Chinese translation, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Values, issue 2 (2022).

"Intuition and Moral Philosophy," American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 17. no. 2 (April 1980).

"Elementary Lifesaving," Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 18. no. 1 (Spring 1980).



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