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Lawrence Torcello

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology

My research interests include ethical theory, and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and scientific skepticism. Current projects investigate the practical consequences and ethical responsibilities implicit to democratic citizenship in morally pluralistic societies, particularly in the domains of medicine and education, the environment and animal welfare, public policy and political discourse. My recent work pursues the moral implications of global warming denialism, as well as other forms of science denialism.

Experience

  • 2010–present
    Associate professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology

Education

  • 2006 
    University at Buffalo , Ph.D.

Publications

  • 2019
    Democracy and the Limits of Reason: Why a sustained defense of liberal commitments is necessary to counter democracy’s disinformation and xenophobia, Disputatio: Philosophical Research Bulletin
  • 2018
    The Acceleration of Global Warming as Crime Against Humanity: A Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment, Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, ed. David Boonin
  • 2016
    The Ethics of Belief, Cognition, and Climate Change Pseudoskepticism: Implications for Public Discourse, TopiCS: Topics in Cognitive Science
  • 2015
    Singer, Peter , In: Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. 3rd edition Robert Audi (ed)
  • 2014
    What’s the Harm? Why The Mainstreaming of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an Ethical Problem (forthcoming), Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine
  • 2014
    On the Virtues of Inhospitality: Toward an Ethics of Public Reason and Critical Engagement, Philo
  • 2014
    Moral Agnosticism: An Ethics of Inquiry and Public Discourse (forthcoming) , Teaching Ethics
  • 2013
    Singer, Peter (forthcoming), In: Robert Audi (ed) Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press
  • 2012
    The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism, Skeptical Inquirer
  • 2011
    Sophism and Moral Agnosticism, Or, How to Tell a Relativist from a Pluralist , The Pluralist Vol.6 No.2 pp. 87-108
  • 2011
    Separation of Church and State , In: Chatterjee D (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. Vol 2, pp 995-999
  • 2011
    Animal Rights, In: Chatterjee D (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. Vol 1, pp 40-43
  • 2011
    Singer, Peter, In: Chatterjee D (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. Vol 2, pp 1005-1009
  • 2011
    Liberal Pluralism, In: Chatterjee D (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. Vol 2, pp 647-650
  • 2009
    A Precautionary Tale: Separating the Infant from the Fetus, Res Publica, Vol. 15, No.1, pp.17-31
  • 2008
    Is The State Endorsement of Any Marriage Justifiable? Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Marriage Privatization Model, Public Affairs Quarterly, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 43-59
  • 2000
    The Commercialization of Human Body Parts: A Reappraisal from a Protestant Perspective (with Steve Wear) , Christian Bioethics, Vol. 6. No. 2, pp. 153-69

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association