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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
Research Interests:

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:

  • "Anscombe, Double Effect, and the Morality of Drone Warfare," a chapter in a book the editors of which are in negotiations with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, probably 2015)

  • "Boredom,"  Analysis 74:2 April (2014), 236-243

  • "How Not to Forgive," Philosophy Now 91 July/August (2012), 34-35

  • "Thoreau and the Animals," Between the Species VI (2006)

  • "Theories of Well-Being," Cogito XII (1998), 139-143

  • "Meaning and Mattering," The Southern Journal of Philosophy XXXIV (1996), 339-360

  • "Butler, Hobbes, and Human Nature," Vera Lex 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.

Contact Info:
345 Rader Hall 
Morehead, KY40351
w.obrien@moreheadstate.edu
Phone: 606.783.2786

Bio

Dr. Wendell O'Brien, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has been on the faculty of Morhead 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.

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“Professors in the philosophy program at MSU have always taken a personal interest in me and I have found them to be approachable and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics from ancient to contemporary philosophical scholars and their research. The philosophy program has equipped me with critical thinking and analytical skills I know will serve me well as I prepare to take exams for entrance into graduate programs”.

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