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Evan Selinger

Professor
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-2531
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Evan Selinger

Professor
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Binghamton University; MA, University of Memphis; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Bio

Evan Selinger, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Stony Brook University in 2003. His research covers a range of issues in the philosophies of technology and expertise. Professor Selinger's most recent book is Re-Engineering Humanity (Cambridge, 2018). For information on his publications, teaching, speaking engagements, and sponsored research see:

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Currently Teaching

PHIL-101
3 Credits
Philosophy is about the rigorous discussion of big questions, and sometimes small precise questions, that do not have obvious answers. This class is an introduction to philosophical thinking where we learn how to think and talk critically about some of these challenging questions. Such as: Is there a single truth or is truth relative to different people and perspectives? Do we have free will and, if so, how? Do we ever really know anything? What gives life meaning? Is morality objective or subjective, discovered or created? We’ll use historical and contemporary sources to clarify questions like these, to understand the stakes, to discuss possible responses, and to arrive at a more coherent, more philosophically informed, set of answers.
PHIL-416
3 Credits
Examines some area of philosophy at an advanced undergraduate level. The area examined may vary from semester to semester. The seminar is designed especially for those whose interest in philosophy goes beyond the requirements of the liberal arts curriculum.
PHIL-307
3 Credits
Technology is a ubiquitous and defining force in our world. This course investigates how our conceptions of technology have emerged within philosophy, as well as the role technology plays in shaping how we live and how we reflect upon questions of meaning and value in life. Technological modes of understanding, organizing and transforming the world shape our relationships with others, with ourselves and with nature at fundamental levels. We will explore how these modes have emerged and why they emerged so predominantly within a Western social and intellectual context.
PHIL-304
3 Credits
An introduction to philosophical analysis centering on the nature, extent and justification of law, the nature of legal thought, and the problems and theories of justice and the relationship between law, ethics and morality.
PHIL-305
3 Credits
An introduction to some of the philosophical dimensions of the search for world peace, including the elements that would constitute a just and lasting peace, nations as moral entities, justice and national self-interest, force and violence, the morality of the use of force, peace-making and peace-keeping groups.

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Journal Paper
Selinger, Evan. "Poverty Tourism, Justice, Policy: Can Ethical Ideals form the Basis of New Policy Regulations?" Public Integrity 14. 1 (2012): 39-50. Print. *
Selinger, Evan, et al. "Nudge, Nudge, Nudge, or Shove, Shove - The Right Way for Nudges to Increase the Supply of Donated Cadaver Organs." The American Journal of Bioethics 12. 2 (2012): 32-39. Print. *
Selinger, Evan, Tom Seager, and Arnim Wiek. "Sustainable Engineering Science for Resolving Wicked Problems." Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 24. 4 (2012): 467-484. Print. *
Selinger, Evan and Shaun Foster. "How'd My Avatar Get Into That Sneaker Ad?" Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "E i cacciatori di dati personali costruiscono spot mirati." Lettura. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Why It's OK to Let Apps Make You a Better Person." The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan, Tom Seager, and Jathan Sadowski. "When the Morality Pill Becomes a Thoughtless Experiment." Insitute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Peace Prize for Homeless Hotspots." 3 Quarks Daily. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan, Tom Seager, and Jathan Sadowski. "New Moral Problems and New Approaches: Millennials Compared to Baby Boomers and Generation X." The Sustainability Review. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Was Hitler a Bully? Teaching the Holocaust to Kids." Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan, Tom Seager, and Jathan Sadowski. "Are Millennials Less Green Than Their Parents?" 3 Quarks Daily. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "What Happens When We Turn the World's Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves?" The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "L'anima delle cose." La Lettura. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan and Tom Seager. "Digital Jiminy Crickets." Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Ultrasound Technology Can Impede Informed Consent." 3 Quarks Daily. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun." The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan, Tom Seager, and Jathan Sadowski. "Climate Change and Inter-Group Cooperation." This View of Life. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Nietzsche's Transformative Typewriter." Cyberology. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?" The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies 'Creepy'?" Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Future of Privacy Forum Director: Browser Settings Should Be as Easy To Navigate as a Car." Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "'But Everybody's Doing It!' Lance Armstrong and the Philosophy of Making Bad Decisions." The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Lab Rats in the Social Experiment of Personalized Advertising." The Huffington Post. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Impatience as Digital Virtue." The Huffington Post. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Saintly Simulation." 3 Quarks Daily. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan and Evelyn Kim. "Can a Robot Learn to Cook?" The Atlantic. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan and John Mix. "How To Make a Spy Exhibit Boring." Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "Why We Need New Rights to Privacy." Slate. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan. "The Online Funeral." The Wall Street Journal. (2012): Online. Web. *
Selinger, Evan, Kyle Whyte, and Kevin Outterson. "Poverty Tourism and the Problem of Consent." Journal of Global Ethics 7. 3 (2011): 337-348. Print. *
Selinger, Evan and Tom Seager. "Why Occupy Wall Street Is So Hard to Understand." The Atlantic. (2011): Online. Web. *
Book Chapter
Selinger, Evan, et al. "Using Sustainability Games to Elicit Moral Hypotheses From Scientists and Engineers." Rethinking Climate Change Research: Clean Technology, Culture and Communication. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. Print. *