Date Updated




Academic Rank

Professor Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, Philosophy, 1970, A.B.

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

Teaching Experience

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

Tennessee State University, 8/1979–7/1986

Assistant Professor, 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


Robert Talisse and William H. Shaw. "New Books Network Podcast: WILLIAM H. SHAW: Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War" (2016)

Robert Talisse and William H. Shaw. "New Books Network Podcast: WILLIAM H. SHAW: Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War" (2016)

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

Business Ethics, 9th ed. (Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2017).

William H. Shaw. Social and Personal Ethics. 8Belmont, CA(2014)

William H. Shaw. Moral Issues in Business. 12Belmont, CA(2013)

John Arthur and William H. Shaw. Readings in Philosophy of Law. Englewood Cliffs(2010)

William H. Shaw and G. E. Moore. Ethics. Oxford(2005)

William H. Shaw. Ethics at Work: Basic Readings in Business Ethics. New York(2003)

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

William H. Shaw. Moore on Right and Wrong: The Normative Ethics of G. E. Moore [Philosophical Studies Series No. 61]. Dordrecht, The Netherlands(1995)

William H. Shaw. Social and Political Philosophy. Englewood Cliffs(1992)

William H. Shaw. Justice and Economic Distribution. Englewood Cliffs(1991)

William H. Shaw. Teoria Marxista da História. Rio de Janeiro(1979)

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

Book Chapters

William H. Shaw. "Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War" CambridgeThe Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism (2016)

William H. Shaw. "Just War Theory" 8Belmont, CASocial and Personal Ethics (2014)

William H. Shaw. "Justice, Rights, and Rules in Mill’s Utilitarianism" Mill on Justice (2012)

William H. Shaw. "Beyond the Invisible Hand: Self-Interest, Profit Maximization, and the Social Good" Charlotte, N.C.Doing Well and Good: The Human Face of the New Capitalism (2009)

William H. Shaw. "“Impartiality,” “Utilitarianism,” and “Utility, Principle of"" Thousand Oaks, CAThe Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2007)

William H. Shaw. "Contemporary Criticisms of Utilitarianism: A Response" OxfordThe Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism (2006)

William H. Shaw. "Justice, Incentives, and Executive Compensation" OxfordThe Ethics of Executive Compensation (2006)

William H. Shaw. "Between Act and Rule: The Consequentialism of G. E. Moore" EdinburghMorality, Rules and Consequences: A Critical Reader (2000)


William H. Shaw. "Consequentialism, War, and National Defense" Journal of International Political Theory Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2014)

William H. Shaw. "Business Ethics and Military Ethics: A Study in Comparative Applied Ethics" Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy (Japan) Vol. 4 (2012)

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

William H. Shaw. "Utilitarianism and Recourse to War" Utilitas Vol. 23 Iss. 4(2011)

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

William H. Shaw. "Reflections on Contemporary Marxism: An Interview" Journal of Nanjing University Vol. 45 Iss. 5 (2008)

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

William H. Shaw. "Nozick in Zimbabwe" Journal of Social Philosophy Vol. 34 Iss. 2 (2003)

William H. Shaw. "Review of Martha Nussbaum, Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach in Chiedza" Journal of Arrupe College Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2001)

Book Reviews

William H. Shaw. "Review of David Braybrooke, Analytical Political Philosophy: From Discourse, Edification" Review of Metaphysics (2007)

William H. Shaw. "Review of Brian Hutchinson, G. E. Moore’s Ethical Theory" Utilitas Vol. 16 Iss. 3 (2004)

William H. Shaw. "Review of Tom Regan, Defending Animal Rights, and E.J. Paul and J. Paul" Why Animal Exper-imentation Matters in Nature (2001)

William H. Shaw. "Review of Brad Hooker, Ideal Code, Real World" Mind Vol. 110 Iss. 440 (2001)

William H. Shaw. "Review of R. M. Hare, Objective Prescriptions and Other Essays" Utilitas Vol. 13 Iss. 1 (2001)



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