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Russell DiSilvestro

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

Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor, Director of Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
Office
Hours:

Fall 2014: Monday, Wednesday, 10-11am or by appointment.

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

Mailing
Address:

Mendocino Hall 3030
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6033

Recent Courses

Please see my curriculum vitae on the left for a more complete list.

  • Ethics (PHIL 2)
  • Ethics and Social Issues (PHIL 101)
  • Bioethics (PHIL 104)
  • Recent Ethical Theory (PHIL 152)
  • Philosophy of Law (PHIL 155)

Recent Publications

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

Book

  • 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)

Articles

  • "The Ghost in the Machine is the Elephant in the Room: Souls, Death, and Harm at the End of Life," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37:5 (October 2012), pp. 480-502.
  • "Three Christian Arguments Against Germline Engineering," Christian Bioethics 18:2 (August 2012), pp. 201-218.
  • "Capacities, Hierarchies, and the Moral Status of Normal Human Infants," Journal of Value Inquiry 43:4 (December 2009), pp. 479-492.
  • “Reproductive Autonomy, the Non-Identity Problem, and the Non-Person Problem.” Bioethics 23:1 (January 2009), pp. 59-67.
  • “A Qualified Endorsement of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Based on Two Widely Shared Beliefs about the Brain-Diseased Patients Such Research Might Benefit.”  Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (July 2008), pp. 563-567.
  • “Not Every Cell is Sacred: A Reply to Charo.”  Bioethics 20:3 (June 2006), pp. 146-157.
  • “Human Embryos in the Original Position?” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30:3 (June 2005), pp. 285-304.
  • “A Neglected Solution to the Problem of the Metaphysical and Moral Status of the Human-Animal Chimera.”  Ethics & Medicine 20:2 (Summer 2004), pp. 5-23.

Open Peer Commentaries

  • "The Two Essence Problem That Wasn't," American Journal of Bioethics 12:9 (September 2012), pp. 34-35.
  • "What Does Not Budge For Any Nudge?" American Journal of Bioethics 12:2 (February 2012), pp. 14-15.
  • "The Parthenotes and the Parthenon," American Journal of Bioethics 11:3 (March 2011), pp. 35-36.
  • “Small-r-Republicans, Big-R-Republicans, and Government Bioethics Councils,” American Journal of Bioethics 9:2 (February 2009), pp. 57-58.
  • “Precisely Which Claim Makes Spontaneous Abortion a Scourge?” American Journal of Bioethics 8:7 (July 2008), pp. 31-33.
  • “What’s Wrong with Deliberately Proselytizing Patients?”  American Journal of Bioethics 7:7 (July 2007), pp. 22-24.

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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 curriculum vitae 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.
  • "The Ghost in the Machine is the Elephant in the Room: Souls, Death, and Harm at the End of Life," for the Spring 2010 Philosophy Department Colloquium Series at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, April 5, 2010.
  • "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.)
  • “Liberalism and Women’s Adaptive Preferences: A Reply to Lisa Schwartzmann,” for the 2007 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California, April 7, 2007
  • “Properties and the Structure of Moral Status Debates,” for the 2005 Conference on Value Inquiry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 8-10, 2005.

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Last updated: 09/02/2014