Susan Dwyer
Executive Director, Honors College
 
AOS: Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, Feminist Theory
Office: 1114 Anne Arundel Hall
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Susan Dwyer (PhD, MIT) is Associate Professor of Philosophy. Her primary research falls into two categories: (1) how can moral psychology be pursued as a branch of cognitive science? and (2) how can academic philosophy help to improve public discourse on the controversial moral issues of our time? She is completing a book manuscript, entitled The Moral Faculty: An Essay Concerning Human Moral Judgment. Dwyer also writes regularly for Al Jazeera America, and has published on abortion, pornography, transitional justice and reconciliation, and moral psychology. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Prior to joining the Department, Dwyer was Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As on January 2016, Dwyer assumed the position of Executive Director of the Honors College. She oversees the operations of seven Living and Learning programs across the campus.

Al Jazeera America Op-eds


Both sides of abortion debate need to talk more honestly April 25, 2015

Altruism can be all too effective January 23, 2015

What a difference 'yes' means for sex January 6,2015

Laws that keep abortion but out of reach fail moral test October 16, 2014

Would you like fries with your all-American gun fantasy? September 4, 2014 

The not-so-experimental ethics of Ebola August 13, 2014

Learning to live with 'love porn' June 16, 2014

Do children have a right to die? February 26, 2014

Munoz lesson: How the law fails us at the beginning and end of life January 26, 2014

 

Learning to live with 'love porn'. June 16, 2014

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/6/revenge-porn-ethicskoblenzselfiesinternet.html

 

Do children have the right to die? February 26, 2014

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/2/child-euthanasiabelgiumrighttodiehealthbioethics.html

 

Munoz lesson: How the law fails us at the beginning and end of life. Janurary 26, 2014

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/1/the-munoz-lessonhowthelawfailsusatthebeginningandendoflife.html

 

Moral Psychology

Dwyer, S., B. Huebner, & M.D. Hauser. 2010. The Linguistic Analogy: Motivations, results, and speculations.Topics in Cognitive Science2: 486-510.

Dwyer, S. 2009. Moral Dumbfounding and the Linguistic Analogy: Implications for the Study of Moral Judgment. Mind & Language 24:274-296.

Huebner, B., S. Dwyer, & M.D. Hauser. 2009 The Role of Emotion in Moral Psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13: 1-6.

Dwyer, S. How Not to Argue that Morality Isn't Innate: Comment on Prinz. In Moral Psychology, Vol. 1, The Evolution of Morality: Adaptations and Innateness, edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge, MIT Press, 2007, pp. 894-914.

Abortion

Dwyer, S. 2013. Abortion. InInternational Encyclopedia of Ethics,edited by Hugh La Follette. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Dwyer, S. & J. Feinberg (eds.) 1997.The Problem of Abortion, 3rd edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Free Speech

Dwyer, S. 2008. Censorship. InThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, edited by Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga. New york & London: Routledge, pp. 29-38.

Pornography

Dwyer, S. 2008. Pornography. InThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, edited by Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga. New York & London: Routledge, pp. 515-526.

Dwyer, S. 2005. 'Enter Here' - At Your Own Risk: The Moral Dangers of Cyberporn". InThe Impact of the Internet on OUr Moral Lives, edited by Robert Cavalier. Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 69-94.

 

 

Spring 2015
PHIL209E Philosophical Issues: Happiness and Human Nature
Fall 2014
PHIL308D Studies in Contemporary Philosophy: Philosophy and Feminism
Spring 2014
PHIL808C Seminar in the Problems of Philosophy
Fall 2013
PHIL140 Contemporary Moral Issues
Spring 2013
PHIL308B Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy and Feminism