David Faraci


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I am a Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and a PPE and Parr Center Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. I received my Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and spent the 2012-13 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

About My Work

Many of us think—or at least hope—that it matters whether we live our lives one way versus another. The central aim of my research is to understand what the world must be like for there to be truth of this kind, and for us to think and know about it. Much of this work focuses on drawing out the implications of core metaethical intuitions concerning things like supervenience, normative authority, and normative objectivity. Other projects—many collaborative—include experimental work on moral responsibility, work on the nature of private property, and discussion of the metaphysical and axiological implications of the Ontological Argument.


Publications

"A Hard Look at Moral Perception," Philosophical Studies, 2014.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

"Huck vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame," with David Shoemaker, Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, forthcoming.
abstract | archived draft

"To Inspect and Make Safe: On the Morally Responsible Liability of Property Owners," with Peter Martin Jaworski, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17(4), 697-709, 2014.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

"Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?" Journal of Business Ethics, 2013.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

"Brown on Mackie: Echoes of the Lottery Paradox," Philosophia 41(3), 751-755, 2013.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

Review of David Enoch's Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, The Journal of Value Inquiry 46(2), 259-267, 2012.
archived draft | final publication

"First-Personal Authority and the Normativity of Rationality," with Christian Coons, Philosophia 38(4), 733-740, 2010.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

"Insanity, Deep Selves, and Moral Responsibility: The Case of JoJo," with David Shoemaker, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(3), 319-332, 2010.
abstract | archived draft | final publication

"Heroes and the Ethics of Time Travel: Does the Present Matter?" in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johnson and William Irwin, 140-154, Wiley, 2009.
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Works in Progress

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"Genealogical Critiques Matter (But Not for the Reasons You Might Have Thought)"
abstract | draft

"On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity"
abstract | draft

"On the Necessary Existence of God-Minus"
abstract | draft

"Responding to Reasons"
extended abstract
Dissertation

"How to Be (and How Not to Be) a Normative Realist"

Committee: David Shoemaker (chair), Christian Coons, David Copp, Tristram McPherson, Sara Worley

Broadly and somewhat roughly speaking, metanormative theorists who maintain that there is normative truth fall into one of three camps: non-naturalist, naturalist and expressivist. I am interested in the prospects for normative truth, and thus in which, if any, of these positions offers hope for the discovery of such truth. In each of three chapters, I address one of these views. I conclude that our best hope is a version of naturalism. However, I reject the label “naturalism” in favor of one that I believe better accords with (what I argue to be) the semantic (as opposed to metaphysical) nature of the most prominent arguments in the relevant debate.

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Teaching

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Sample Course Materials:

Bioethics
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Business Ethics
syllabus | business project

Computers and Philosophy
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Ethical Theory
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Introduction to Logic
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Introduction to Philosophy
syllabus | final exam

Metaethics (Graduate)
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Philosophy of Death and Dying
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Philosophy on the Web


Metaethics Flowchart

In Fall 2012, I created this flowchart for a metaethics graduate seminar I was teaching at Virginia Tech. I posted it and got some helpful feedback from the folks over at PEA Soup. Some people have told me they find it useful, so I'm leaving a copy here.


PEA Soup

A blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics and academia. It was founded by Dan Boisvert, Joshua Glasgow, Douglas Portmore and David Shoemaker in 2004 and is currently edited by David Shoemaker and David Sobel. I have been a contributor since May 2012.


Philosophical Trajectories

A website dedicated to helping philosophers learn from each other's publishing experiences. I began this project in July 2013.


Possible Views

A Twitter feed cataloguing (mostly) unlikely and hopefully funny philosophical positions.
Miscellany

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David Faraci, Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Specialization
Areas of Competence
Education
Employment
Publications
Other Papers
Presentations & Commentaries
Awards, Fellowships, Grants
Professional Service
Department Service
Teaching Experience
References


AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Metaethics, Ethics

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AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Technology, Social and Political Philosophy

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EDUCATION
Ph.D., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2012
Dissertation: How to Be (and How Not to Be) a Normative Realist
Committee: David Shoemaker (chair), Christian Coons, David Copp, Tristram McPherson, Sara Worley

M.A., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2007
Thesis: Moral Status and Non-Current Capacities

B.A. High Honors, Philosophy, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 2004

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EMPLOYMENT
Research Assistant Professor, PPE and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014-
Visiting Lecturer and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013-2014
Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, 2012-2013
Adjunct Faculty, Bowling Green State University, 2011-2012

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PUBLICATIONS
"A Hard Look at Moral Perception," Philosophical Studies, 2014.
"Huck vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame," with David Shoemaker, Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, forthcoming.
"To Inspect and Make Safe: On the Morally Responsible Liability of Property Owners," with Peter Martin Jaworski, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17(4), 697-709, 2014.
"Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?" Journal of Business Ethics, 2013.
"Brown on Mackie: Echoes of the Lottery Paradox," Philosophia, 41(3), 751-755, 2013.
 Review of David Enoch's Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, The Journal of Value Inquiry 46(2), 259-267, 2012.
"First-Personal Authority and the Normativity of Rationality," with Christian Coons, Philosophia 38(4), 733-740, 2010.
"Insanity, Deep Selves, and Moral Responsibility: The Case of JoJo," with David Shoemaker, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(3), 319-332, 2010.
"Heroes and the Ethics of Time Travel: Does the Present Matter?" in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johnson and William Irwin, 140-154, Wiley, 2009.

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OTHER PAPERS
Under Review
"Genealogical Critiques Matter (But Not for the Reasons You Might Have Thought)"
On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity"
"On the Metaphysical and Axiological Implications of God-minus" (Invited chapter, Theism: An Axiological Investigation, with Christina Van Dyke)

Works in Progress
"Non-Naturalism and the Conceptual Necessity of Supervenience"
"Responding to Reasons"
"On the Necessary Existence of God-minus" (with Dan Linford)
"True Selves, Good Selves: Attributability and Normative Perspective" (with David Shoemaker)

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PRESENTATIONS & COMMENTARIES
"True Selves, Good Selves: Attributability and Normative Perspective," Experimental Philosophy of the Self, NYU Center for Bioethics, New York, NY, December 13, 2014
"On the Necessary Existence of God-minus," with Christina Van Dyke, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Matthews, NC, November 17, 2014
"Non-Naturalism and the Conceptual Necessity of Supervenience," Virginia Tech Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, Blacksburg, VA, October 17, 2014
Invited Participant, Wisconsin Metaethics Workshop, Madison, WI, September 12-14, 2014
"A Hard Look at Moral Perception," PPE Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 30, 2014
Commentary on Adam Lerner’s "Prudence, Perdurance, and the Separateness of Persons," Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2014
"On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity," Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 5, 2014
Commentary on Derek Baker's "Intuitions about Disagreement Do Not Support the Normativity of Meaning," APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 19, 2014
"On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity," North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, February 22, 2014
"On Leaving Room for Doubt: A (Somewhat) New Semantic Problem for Expressivism," Visiting Professor Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 17, 2013
"A Hard Look at Moral Perception," Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 8, 2013
"Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?" Humanities and Technology Association Conference, Bowie, MD, October 6, 2012
"Enemy of My Enemy: Nihilism and the Case for Cognitivism," Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2012
"Huck Finn vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame," Poster Session at the APA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC, December 28, 2011
Commentary on Robyn Gaier's "The Second-Personal Perspective: An Other (and yet another) Argument for Externalism," Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 14, 2010

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AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS
Runner Up (Top 4), Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics, 2014
Doctoral Research Fellow, Nanotechnology and Society Research Group, Northeastern University, NSF Grant No. SES-0609078, 2011 (award: $10,000)
Experiment Month Participant, Yale University (sponsored by the American Philosophical Association), 2011
University-Wide Graduate Student Teaching Award Nominee, 2011
Social Philosophy and Policy Center Graduate Student Scholar, 2010
Graduate Fellow, The Earhart Foundation, 2006-2008 (award: $34,000)
Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University, 2005-2011

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Editorial Work
Consulting Editor, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2014-
Editorial Assistant, Paternalism: Theory and Practice, edited by Christian Coons and Michael Weber. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Journal Referee
Canadian Journal of Philosophy | Ethics | The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics | Grazer Philosophische Studien | Journal of Moral Philosophy | Philosophia | Philosophical Psychology | Res Philosophica | Review of Philosophy and Psychology | Philosophical Studies | Social Theory and Practice

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DEPARTMENT SERVICE
UNC Chapel Hill
Judge, National High School Ethics Bowl, April 4-5, 2014
Judge, Willie P. Mangum Medal in Oratory, March 5, 2014
Judge, North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl, November 16, 2013
Session Leader, Ethics & Leadership Conference, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, November 1, 2013

Virginia Tech
Supervision of MA Theses:
Cory Johnson, Suggestions for Deontic Logicians, 2012
Jessica McCormack, Morality in the Meat Machine: An Examination of Moral Responsibility and Neuroscience in Cases of Early Life Stress, 2013
Faculty Advisor, Virginia Tech Philosophy Club, 2012-2013

Bowling Green State University
Conference Coordinatory, "Freedom, Paternalism and Morality," 2011
Graduate Chair, Philosophy Colloquium Committee, 2008-2011
Graduate Representative to the Philosopy Graduate Committee, 2009-2010
Vice President, Graduate Students for the Interdisciplinary Study of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, 2008-2009
Graduate Representative to the Philosophy Department, 2007

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
See Teaching Portfolio here.

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REFERENCES
Simon Blackburn
Trinity College Fellow, Oxford University; Distinguished Research Professor, UNC Chapel Hill

Christian Coons
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University

David Copp
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; Department Chair, UC Davis

Marc Lange
Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor; Department Chair, UNC Chapel Hill

Tristram McPherson
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Tech

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor; Duke-UNC PPE Program Co-Chair, UNC Chapel Hill

David Shoemaker
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Murphy Institute Faculty Member, Tulane University

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Contact: faraci@email.unc.edu
Site updated November 20, 2014