Curriculum Vita

PERSONAL INFORMATION
 

1. George William Harris
Office: 139 James Blair
Phone: 757-221-2730
Home: 3070 Heritage Landing Road, Williamsburg 23185
Phone: 757-229-9787
 

2. Chancellor Professor of Philosophy
 

EDUCATION

3. Baylor University: B.A., May 1969
Baylor University: M.A. in Philosophy, August 1974
University of Texas: Ph.D., August 1981
 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

4. College of William and Mary: Visiting Assistant Professor, 1981-82,
Assistant Professor, 1982-87, Associate Professor, 1987-96.
Professor 1996-present.
Cornell University, Telluride Association, Summer 1987.
University of Texas: Visiting Scholar, 1988-89.

HONORS, PRIZES, AND AWARDS

5. William and Mary Humanities Award, 1983. (In Conjunction with NEH)
Haserot Merit Award, 1985.
William and Mary Alumni Fellow, 1984-85, (Teaching Award)
Chancellor Professor of Philosophy, 1999
Distinquished Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2004

COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Philosophy
Freshman Seminar: Philosophy
Ethics
Contemporary Moral Problems
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Feminism and Reproduction
Sexual Ethics
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy of Mind: Personal Identity
Advanced Seminar in Ethics: The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant
Advanced Seminar in Ethics: Virtue Ethics
Advanced Seminar in Ethics: Personal Integrity
Advanced Seminar in Ethics: Public and Private Morality
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy of Law: Affirmative Action
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy of Law: The Limits of Law
Advanced Seminar in Ethics: Strength and Quality of Character
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy of Law: Contemporary Liberalism

Advanced Seminar: Philosophy of History

Advanced Seminar: Democratic Values

Advanced Seminar: Philosophy and Literature

Advanced Seminar: Abortion

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

7a. NEH Summer Stipend, Summer, 1994, $4000
NEH Fellowship, 2001-2002, $35,000
7b. Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1983.
Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1984.
Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1985.
Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1988.
Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1995.
Summer Grant from the College of William and Mary, 1996.
Faculty Research Assignment from the College of William and Mary, 1988-89.
Faculty Research Assignment from the College of William and Mary, 1994-95.
Faculty Research Assignment from the College of William and Mary, 2000-01.

RESEARCH

8. Scholarly Activity

Books:

Dignity and Vulnerability: Strength and Quality Of Character, University of California Press, 1997. 157 pages.

Agent-Centered Morality: An Aristotelian Alternative to Kantian Internalism, University of California Press, Fall 1999. 447 pages.

Reason’s Grief: An Essay on Tragedy and Value, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Refereed Publications:

"Frankena and the Unity of Practical Reason," The Monist, July, 1981, pp. 406-417.

"Mill's Qualitative Hedonism," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Winter, 1983-84, pp. 503-512.

"Religion, Morality, and the Euthyphro Dilemma," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Summer 1984, pp. 31-35.

"Fathers and Fetuses," Ethics, April 1986, pp. 594-603.

"Moral Codes and Legal Rights," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Spring 1986, pp.47-55.

"Integrity and Agent Centered Restrictions," Nous, September 1989, pp. 437-456.

"A Paradoxical Departure from Consequentialism," The Journal of Philosophy," February 1989, pp. 90-102.

"Surrogacy, Patriarchy, and Contracts," Public Affairs Quarterly, September 1992, pp. 255-270.

"Fathers and Fetuses," reprinted in Contemporary Moral Problems, edited by Lawrence Hinman, (Prentice Hall, 1995), pp. 80-89.

"Fathers and Fetuses," reprinted in Morality and Moral Controversies (Fifth Edition), edited by John Arthur, (Prentice Hall, 1999).

"Value Vagueness, Zones of Incomparability, and Tragedy," American Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 38, Number 2, April 2001, pp. 155-176.

"Sadler's Amoralist," The Southwest Philosophy Review, Summer 2001.

"Pessimism," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, September 2002, 271-287.

"The Virtues, Perfectionist Goods, and Pessimism," in Virtue Ethics: Old and New, edited by Steven Gardiner, Cornell University Press, 2005, 193-210.

Invited Publications

"Socrates and Abraham," in Contemporary Essays on Greek Ideas, Baylor University Press, 1987, pp. 55-74.

"Ethical Dimensions of Young Unwed Fatherhood," in Young Unwed Fathers, Temple University Press, 1993, pp. 170-189.

"Galston's Reconstruction of State Neutrality," William and Mary Law Review, January, 1999, pp. 909-925.

"Aristotelian Ethics, Contemporary," in The Encyclopedia of Ethics, Second Edition, edited by Lawrence and Charlotte Becker,(New York: Garland).

"Self-esteem,"in The Encyclopedia of Ethics, Second Edition, edited by Lawrence and Charlotte Becker,(New York: Garland).

"Self-knowledge,"in The Encyclopedia of Ethics, Second Edition, edited by Lawrence and Charlotte Becker,(New York: Garland).

"Evils Less Obvious," in The Good Society, forthcoming.

Invited Scholarly Papers and Talks

"A Reply to David Lyons: Against Any Possible Utilitarian Foundation for Moral Rights," presented at a conference on "The Grounds of Moral Rights" at the Law School of the University of Texas, Spring 1979. Speakers: Ronald Dworkin, David Lyons, and Kai Nielson.

"Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Young Unwed Fatherhood," presented at a conference on the problem of unwed fathers at the National Center for Family Studies in Washington, D.C. in October 1986. The paper and the conference commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.

"The Fixation of Moral Belief," presented at Texas A&M University, Department of Philosophy as a guest Colloquy paper, September 29, 1988.

"Personal Love and Morality," presented at Baylor University, Department of Philosophy as a guest Colloquy paper, April 20, 1989.

"David Schmidtz's 'When is Original Appropriation Required?': Comments," Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, December 1989.

"Morality and Meaningful Lives," Kutztown University, Philosophy Department Colloquium, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1994.

"Character's Fabric," College of William and Mary Academic Festival, fall 1994.

"How to Get Categorical Imperatives: Realistically, Quasi-realistically, or Not at All," presented at the Southwestern Philosophical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, November 1995.

"The Regulative Norms of Practical Reason," Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, November, 1997.

"Comments on Smith and McDowell's Realism," The Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, May 1998.

Discussant: "Cognitive Pro Attitudes: What Anti-Humeanism is Really About," Current Research Workshop at The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, September 1998.

"When Values Conflict," Wren Association, College of William and Mary, October 13, 1998.

"When Values Conflict," College of William and Mary Academic Festival, Fall 1998.

"Moral Shifts, Critical Reasoning, and Liberal Education," McNeeley Lecture at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. April 17, 1999.

"Morality and Religion," College of William and Mary Academic Festival, Fall 1999.

"Korsgaard's Error: Response to Gill," Southwestern Philosophical Association, November 12, 1999, Houston, Texas.

"Sadler's Amoralist," Southwestern Philosophical Association, November 11, 2000, Austin, Texas.

"The Virtues and Perfectionist Goods," Conference on Virtue Ethics: Old and New, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, May 31-June 2, 2002.

"The Hecuba Effect and the Impurity of Value," Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, March 21-26, 2003.

"Democratic Values," Beijing International Conference on Democracy, Beijing, China, April 27-29, 2004.
 

Edited Volumes:
 

The Ontological and the Practical, special issue of The Southwest Philosophy Review, April 1995. (With Steve Leighton)
 

Contributed (refereed) Papers and Talks
 

"Harsanyi, Equiprobability, and Average Utilitarianism," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1982, Fort Worth, Texas.

"Mill's Theory of Value," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1983, Atlanta, Georgia.

"Fathers and Fetuses," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1984, Columbia, South Carolina.

"Moral Codes and Legal Rights," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"God and Evil: Logic and Evidence," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1986, Knoxville, Tennessee.

"Hedonism and the Desire to be Loved," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 1987, Atlanta, Georgia.

"A Paradoxical Departure from Consequentialism," presented at the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, March 1988, Portland, Oregon.

"Surrogacy, Patriarchy, and Contracts," presented at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology meeting in Atlanta, March 1991.

"Motivational Consistency and Moral Priorities," presented at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, April 1992.

"Regulative Norms and Practical Reason," presented at The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 1995.

"Regulative Norms and Practical Reason," presented at the American Philosophical Association meeting in New York City, December 1995.

"Mixed Emotions and the Incomparability of Values," Royal Institute of Philosophy, Conference on Emotions, Manchester University, Manchester, UK, July 11-13, 2001.

"Pessimism," British Society for Ethical Theory, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, July 13-15, 2001.
 

Book Reviews

Review of Mark S. Halfon's Integrity: A Philosophical Inquiry, in Ethics, October 1990, pp. 188-189.

Review of Noah Lemos' Intrinsic Value: Concept and Warrant, in Mind,July 1996, pp. 496-503.

Review of World, Mind, and Ethics: Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams, Ethics, January 1997, pp. 351-353.

Review of Jamie Mayerfield's Suffering and Moral Responsibility (OUP) in Mind, January 2001, pp. 235-239.

Review of Brad Hooker's IDeal Code, Real World: A Rule Consequentialist Theory of Morality (OUP) in Ethics, July 2003.

Review of Christine Swanton's Virtue Ethics, (OUP) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Online Journal), January 2004.

Review of John KekesThe Art of Life (Cornell University Press) in Mind, January 2004.
  

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
 

9a. College committees (as best as I can reconstruct)

 

College-wide:

Student Affairs Committee (early 80's)
Alumni Affairs Committee (1989-90)
Arts and Sciences Affirmative Action Committee, Member (1991-92)
Arts and Sciences Affirmative Action Committee, Chair (1992-93)
College Affirmative Action Committee, Member (1990-91)
College Affirmative Action Committee, Chair (1991-92)
Search Committee for Affirmative Action Head (1991-92)
Faculty Research Committee, Member (1991-92)
Faculty Research Committee, Chair (1992-93)
Committee to Evaluate Kenan Chair, Chair (1992-93)
Freshman advisor (1993-94)
Dean's Advisory Committee (1997-2000)
Search Committee, Department of Music (1998)

Department:

Curriculum Committee (1989-90)
Budget (1990-91 & 1991-92)
Faculty Affairs Committee, Member (1992-93)
Faculty Affairs Committee, Member (1993-94)
Faculty Affairs Committee, Chair (1994-95)
Chair, 1997-2000
Ex Officio member of other department committees, 1997-2000
Chair, Post-tenure Review Committee, 2002-2003.
Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2002-2003.
Member, Budget Committee.
Department Faculty Affairs Committee, 2003-2004 
Search Committee, 2003-2004.

9b. Other

Program Chair, Southern Society for Philosophy & Psychology (1988-89)

Manuscript Referee: Cornell University Press
Manuscript Referee, Ethics
Manuscript Referee, Southwest Philosophy Review
Manuscript Referee, University of California Press.    
Manuscript Referee, McGraw Hill.
Manuscript Referee, Philosophical Archives.
Manuscript Referee, The Journal of Ethics.
Manuscript Referee, Social Theory of Practice
Manuscript referee for Eighteenth Century Life.
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants)1996
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants)1997
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants)1998
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants)2001
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants) 2002
NEH Panelist (Summer Grants) 2004 
Attended Conference for Department Chairs, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 1998
Genocide Education Project Advisory Council
Wren Association, Fall 1999. Taught a six week course on human dignity.
Referee for the British Society for Ethical Theory 1999-2000
Wren Association, Spring 2001. Taught three week course on tragedy and value.
Wren Association, Spring 2004, Taught three week course on Philosophy of History.
Gave talk, "Historical Trends and International Relations," at closing ceremonies at the Jamestown High School Mock United Nations, May 2004.