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Russell DiSilvestro

Recent Courses | Recent Publications | Research Interests

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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

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Recent Publications

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  • 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

  • (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, 2017).
  • “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, 2017).
  • “My Life Is Not My Own: Individualism and Human Significance,” in John Kilner (ed.), Why People Matter: A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Human Significance (Baker Academic, 2017).
  • “Disability, Origin Essentialism, and the Problem of Differently Constituted Precursors,” Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, special issue on Disability and Bioethics (forthcoming).

Open Peer Commentaries

  • (with Chong Choe-Smith and Timothy Houk) ““I Just Wanna Get My Self, or My Story, Back Again”: Narrative Identity, Neurosurgical Intervention, and the Temporary Change Argument,” American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience (forthcoming).
  • (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.

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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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Last updated: 01/02/2018