Dr David Killoren



BA (St Louis), MA, PhD (Wisconsin-Madison)

David Killoren was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and did his undergraduate work at St. Louis University. His PhD in Philosophy is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before he joined ACU, he was Ethics Fellow at Coastal Carolina University and the Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor in Ethics and Civic Life at Northwestern University. He is interested in a wide range of topics in moral philosophy, including metaethics (especially issues surrounding moral realism), ethical theory (especially ethical pluralism and moral dilemmas), animal ethics, and political ethics.


Key publications

with Emily Crookston, and Jonathan Trerise, eds. Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Political Agents. Routledge, 2017.

with Jonathan Lang, and Bekka Williams. ‘A Demarcation Problem for Political Discourse’.  In Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Political Agents, edited by Emily Crookston, David Killoren, and Jonathan Trerise. Routledge, 2017.

‘Why Care About Moral Fixed Points?’, Analytic Philosophy 57 no. 2 (2016): 165-173.

‘Robust Moral Realism: An Excellent Religion’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 79 no. 3 (2016): 223-237.

with Bekka Williams. ‘Group Agency and Overdetermination’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 no. 2 (2013): 295-307.

‘Moral Intuitions, Reliability, and Disagreement’, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 4:1 (2010): 1-35.


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