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O'Brien, Wendell, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1992; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1985; M.T.S., Harvard University, 1982; B.A., Malone College, 1979
Dr. O'Brien's research interests lie primarily in everyday ethics, normative ethics, the history of ethics, and moral psychology
Dr. O'Brien's publications include:
- "The Permissibility of Happiness in a World of Suffering."
Philosophy in the Contemporary World,
74:2 April (2014), 236-243
- "The Meaning of Life: Early Continental and Analytic Perspectives."
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- "How Not to Forgive,"
91 July/August (2012), 34-35
- "Thoreau and the Animals,"
Between the Species
- "Theories of Well-Being,"
XII (1998), 139-143
- "Meaning and Mattering,"
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
XXXIV (1996), 339-360
- "Butler, Hobbes, and Human Nature,"
XIV (1994), 89-92
- "Judgments of Character,"
The International Journal of Applied Philosophy
VII (1992-93), 15-19
- "Butler and the Authority of Conscience,"
History of Philosophy Quarterly
VIII (1991), 43-57
Dr. O'Brien regularly teaches the FYS for freshmen as well as PHIL 100 Beginning Philosophy, PHIL 106 Beginning Logic, PHIL 313 American Philosophy, PHIL 320 Asian Philosophy, PHIL 321 The Meaning of Life, and PHIL 410 Current Philosophy. He occasionally teaches special PHIL 399 classes on such figures as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, the Stoics, and the Epicureans.
Dr. Wendell O'Brien, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has been on the faculty of Morehead State University since 1992. Originally from Ohio, but with ancestors primarily from eastern Kentucky, he cares deeply about the region and its students. He has previously taught at Loyola College and Towson State University. He lives with his wife, one of his daughters, one dog, and four cats in Morehead, Kentucky. He spends a great deal of time in the woods, observing local flora and fauna, and (sometimes) reading in his easily transportable folding chair. He would rather live in Morehead than anywhere in the world.