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Department of Philosophy


Why Philosophy? Athena Teaching Student

Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.


Joseph A. Stramondo
Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
(Starting Fall 2016)

“The Complicated Relationship of Disability and Well-Being” (with Stephen Campbell) The Kennedy Institute for Ethics Journal (forthcoming)

“Disabled by Design: Justifying and Limiting Parental Authority to Choose Future Children with Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis” The Kennedy Institute for Ethics Journal (forthcoming)

“Why Bioethics Needs a Disability Moral Psychology” The Hastings Center Report  46, no. 3 (2016): 22-30

“Competence, Voluntariness, and Oppressive Socialization: A Feminist Critique of the Threshold Elements of Informed Consent” (with Dominic Sisti) The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 8, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 67-85

“Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: What the Radical Feminist Critique of Prostitution Can Teach Us about the Sale of Kidneys by Living Suppliers.” The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 6, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 144-158

“Doing Ethics From Experience: Pragmatic Suggestions for a Feminist Disability Advocate’s Response to Prenatal Diagnosis.” The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics,  4, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 48-78

“How the Ideology of Pity is a Social Harm to People with Disabilities.” In Social Philosophy Today, vol. 26: The Public and the Private in the 21st Century, ed. John R. Rowan. Charlottesville, Va.: Philosophy Documentation Center. (2010): 121-134

“Disability and Well-Being: Appreciating the Complications” (with Stephen Campbell) American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. 16, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 35-37

“Loving and(or) Choosing Our Children: Disability, Parental Love, and Prenatal Selection.” in The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy. Ed. Adrienne Martin. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group (forthcoming in 2019))

“Bioethics.” in Disability in American Life: an Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies Ed. Tamar Heller, Sarah Parker Harris, Carol Gill, and Robert Gould. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming in 2017)

Review of The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability by Elizabeth Barnes. (with Stephen Campbell) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: An Electronic Journal (2016.11.11)

Review of Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing, and a Habit of Thinking by Erik Parens. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 25, no. 3 (July 2016): 536-539


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