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Russell DiSilvestro

Recent Courses | Recent Publications | Research Interests | Recent Papers Presented

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Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy



By appointment, or during typical regular hours Mon-Tues 9-10am, and Wed-Thurs 12-1pm.

Please try to confirm availability before visiting if you can, even during typical regular hours. Other office visitors (or special meetings) may require me to be unavailable to every walk-in visitor. Knock loud from 12-1pm, since the main office is actually closed then.

E-mail: rdisilv@csus.edu
(916) 278-6766


Mendocino Hall 3000
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6033

Recent Courses

Some items below have further links to follow. Please see my CV on the left for a more complete list.

Recent Publications

Some items below have further links to follow. Please see my CV on the left for a more complete list.


  • Human Capacities and Moral Status. Springer's Philosophy and Medicine book series, July 2010.
    Reviewed by Matthew Carey Jordan in American Journal of Bioethics 12:2 (February 2012), pp. 49-50. (a subscription to AJOB is required to read past the first page)
    Reviewed by Jason T. Eberl in National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 11:3 (Autumn 2011), pp. 596-8. (a subscription to NCBQ is required to view their contents)

Chapters and Articles

  • “Teach Your Children Well: Origins, Rights, and the Education of ‘My’ Child,” in Michael Cholbi and Jaime Ahlberg (eds.), Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights: Ethical and Philosophical Issues (Routledge, forthcoming in late 2016).
  • (with Dan Weijers) “The Morality of Experience Machines for End-of-Life Care,” in Mark Wilcox (ed.), Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds, (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming in 2017).
  • “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Mercy and Grace: and Other Delightful Surprises of a Distinctively Christian Bioethics,” Christian Bioethics 21:3 (September 2015), pp. 262-281.

Open Peer Commentaries

  • (with Timothy Houk and Mark Jensen) “Smoke and Mirrors: Subverting Rationality, Positive Freedom, and their Relevance to Nudging and/or Smoking Policies,” American Journal of Bioethics 16:7 (July 2016), pp. 20-22.
  • “Irreversible Schmirreversible,” American Journal of Bioethics 14:8 (August 2014), pp. 26-28.

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Research Interests

  • I work on the intersection between metaphysics and ethics, especially as it relates to contemporary bioethical issues involving the nature and moral status of human beings.

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Recent Papers Presented

Some items below have further links to follow. Please see my CV on the left for a more complete list.

  • “I May Not Be a Smart Man, But I Know What Love Is: Or, How to Philosophize About Love Without Missing the Forrest For the Trees,” for the 2013 Nammour Symposium, California State University-Sacramento, Sacramento, California, April 16-17, 2013. (A videolink is near the middle of the symposium link here.)
  • “Capabilities, Rights, and Sex-Selective Abortions,” for the Poynter Center 40th Anniversary Symposium “Humanitarianism and Human Rights in the 21st Century,” Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, October 12, 2012.
  • "How to Love Your Neighbors and Enemies While Speaking Out Against Them In Public," for the College of Arts and Letters Symposium, "After Prop 8: A Symposium On How Communities Deal With Controversy Over Polarizing Issues," California State University-Sacramento, Sacramento, California, October 26, 2009. (A videolink is near the top of the symposium link here.)

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Last updated: 09/12/2016