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Whitley Kaufman

Kaufman-Whitley
Whitley R.P. KaufmanProfessor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentPhilosophy
  • Phone(978) 934-3913
  • EmailWhitley_Kaufman@uml.edu

Research Interests

ethics; law and ethics of war, self-defense, and punishment; philosophy of religion.

Just War theory; law and ethics of personal self-defense and also self-defense as justification for war; moral justifications for punishment.

Evolutionary theories of ethics; relationship between science and religion.

Education

  • Ph D, (1998), Georgetown University - Washington, D.C.
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Intending versus Foreseeing Harm: The Foundation of Deontological Constraints
  • JD, (1989), Harvard Law School - Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • BA: English, (1985), Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Awards and Honors

  • Philosophy Department Teaching Award, Teaching
  • Teaching Award, Teaching - Department of Philosophy
  • Teaching Award, Teaching - Department of Philosophy

Publications

  • Kaufman, W.R. (2016) "Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism," Palgrave Macmillan pp. vi, 222 pages
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2016) "Revenge as the Dark Double of Retributive Punishment," Philosophia 44:2 pp. 317-325
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2016) "The Doctrine of Double Effect and the Trolley Problem," Journal of Value Inquiry 50:1 pp. 21–31
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2014) ""Does Animal Ethics Need a Darwinian Revolution?"," Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 17:4 pp. 807-818
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2014) "Why Science Does Not Refute Free Will," Southwest Philosophy Review 30:1
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "The Evolutionary Ethics of E. O. Wilson," New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society 38: pp. 140-149
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Evil and Moral Psychology," Philosophy in Review 33:5 pp. 343
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "The Origins of the World’s Mythologies," Frontiers of Philosophy in China 8:3 pp. 518
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Can Retributive Punishment Be Justified?," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 47
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Is Punishment Justified?," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 167
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Making Sense of Honor," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 147
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Punishment as Crime Prevention," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 19
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "Retribution and Revenge," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 93
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "The Mixed Theory of Punishment," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 73
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "The Problem of Punishment," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 1
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2013) "What Is the Purpose of Retribution?," Honor & Revenge: A Theory of Punishment pp. 113
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2012) "Can science determine moral values? A reply to Sam Harris," Neuroethics 5:1 pp. 55-65
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2011) "Understanding Honor: Beyond the Shame/Guilt Dichotomy," Social Theory and Practice 37:4 pp. 557-573
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2010) "Self-defense, innocent aggressors, and the duty of martyrdom," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91:1 pp. 78-96
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2009) "Justified killing : the paradox of self-defense,"
  • Kaag, J., Kaufman, W.R. (2009) "Military frameworks: technological know-how and the legitimization of warfare," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 22:4 pp. 585-606
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2008) "The rise and fall of the mixed theory of punishment," International journal of applied philosophy 22:1 pp. 37-58
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2008) "Torture and the "Distributive Justice" Theory of Self-Defense: An Assessment," Ethics & International Affairs 22:1 pp. 93-115
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2007) "Karma, rebirth, and the problem of evil: A reply to critics," Philosophy East and West 57:4 pp. 556-560
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2007) "Self-defense, imminence, and the battered woman," New Criminal Law Review 10:3 pp. 342-369
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2005) "What's Wrong with Preventive War? The Moral and Legal Basis for the Preventive Use of Force," Ethics & International Affairs 19:3 pp. 23-38
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2004) "Is there a "right" to self-defense?," Criminal Justice Ethics 23:1 pp. 20-32
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2004) "Terrorism, Self-Defense, and the Killing of the Innocent," Social Philosophy Today 20: pp. 41-52
  • Kaufman, W., Kaufman, W.R., , , , , , Anderson-Gold, S. (2004) "War and Terrorism," Social philosophy today 20: pp. 15-164
  • Kaufman, W.R. (2003) "Motive, Intention, and Morality in the Criminal Law," Criminal Justice Review, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 317 - 335, Autumn 2003 pp. 19-19

Presentations

  • Why Punishment is Revenge, and Why That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing, May 2014 - Schenectedy, NY
  • Is The Law of War Based on a Mistake - Boston College Graduate Student Workshop, November 2013
  • Does Science Refute Free Will? - Southwest Philosophy Conference, November 2013 - Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Is the Law of War Based on a Mistake? - Boston College Graduate Student Workshop, October 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • The Myth of the Psychopath - Northern New England Philosophy Conference, August 2013 - Dartmouth College
  • Does Evolution Have A Sense of Humor - Mind and Mirth, April 2013
  • How Science Proves the Existence of Free Will - Conference on Value Inquiry, April 2012 - Salem, Massachusetts, United States
  • What Does Evolution Tell Us About Animal Rights?, April 2012 - Burlington, Vermont
  • The Morality of Targeted Killing - Ethics of Assassination Symposium, March 2012
  • Is Retribution A Moral Primitive?, October 2010 - Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
  • Sweet Revenge: Can Retributive Punishment Be Justified? - International Conference on Justice Research, August 2010 - Banff, Canada
  • Some Fallacies About Honor, October 2009 - Durham, NH
  • Why Science And Religion Need Each Other - Thoreau Society Lyceum Series, April 2009 - Concord, MA
  • In Defense of Preventive War - –A World of Warfare," International Affairs Symposium, April 2009 - Portland, Oregon
  • Some Questions for the Expressive Theory of Punishment - Northeastern Political Science Association conference, November 2008 - Boston, MA
  • The Right of Self-Defense: Its History and Meaning - Parker Lecture Series, September 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Does Affirmative Action Violate the Right To Be Treated As An Individual? - Does Affirmative Action Violate the Right To Be Treated As An Individual?, October 2007 - Dartmouth, MA
  • Does Affirmative Action Violate the Right To Be Treated As An Individual? - Northern New England Philosophy Conference, October 2007 - Dartmouth, MA
  • On the Transcendental Argument for Retributive Punishment, May 2007 - Orono, Maine
  • Targeting the Sleeping Soldier, January 2007 - Springfield, Virginia
  • What's Wrong With Pre-emptive War?, 2005 - Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
  • Whatês Wrong With Pre-Emptive War - Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, January 2005 - Springfield, Virginia
  • The Ethics of Assassination - Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, January 2004 - Springfield, Virginia
  • The Morality of the Iraq War - Colloquium on the Iraq War, 2003 - Fox Hall, UMass Lowell
  • Terrorism, Self-Defense and Consequentialism, July 2003 - Kansas City
  • Iraq War and the Just War Doctrine - Iraq War Teach-In, March 2003
  • Terrorism, Collateral Damage, and Civilian Immunity - Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, January 2003 - Springfield, Virginia
  • Why Would Someone Do Wrong Knowingly?, November 2002 - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Swinburne, Instrumentalism, and Theodicy, October 2001 - Boulder, Colorado
  • Swinburne, Instrumentalism, and Theodicy, October 2001 - Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Motive and Intention in the Criminal Law - Northwest Conference in Philosophy, November 2000 - Forest Grove, Oregon
  • Justified Homicide in the Criminal Law - Pacific Division Annual Meeting, April 2000 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • The Doctrine of Justification in the Criminal Law: Choosing Between Two Models of Practical Rationality - Northwest Conference in Philosophy, October 1999 - Coeur dêAlene, Idaho