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Jeff Whitman, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy

Professor of Philosophy

  • Education
  • PHD, Brown University
  • MA, Brown University
  • BS, United States Military Academy
Jeff Whitman

My time here at Susquehanna University represents a second chapter in my life. My first avocation was as an officer in the U.S. Army. A graduate of West Point, I spent the first 20-plus years of my working life as a career Army officer.

I developed an interest in philosophy at that time, and was fortunate enough to have the Army send me to graduate school at Brown University in order to prepare me to teach philosophy at West Point. When I retired from the Army, my good fortune continued as was offered a position teaching philosophy at a small liberal arts college-Susquehanna University. 

I love the small university atmosphere here and the many interactions I have with my students, both inside and outside of the classroom. This closeness to students allows me the opportunity to discuss what I consider some of the most important concerns all of us face-namely the nature of the world and our place in it. I truly believe that Socrates was right when he said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." I hope my students come away from my classes appreciating that Socratic advice-whether we are studying the history of the Enlightenment philosophers, the nature of moral reasoning, or the extent of our claims to know the truth about ourselves or the world in which we find ourselves. 

Wonder is at the heart of all philosophical thinking, and I like to think I give students the space to wonder.

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy - Brown University, 1991.
Master of Arts in Philosophy - Brown University, 1987.
Bachelor of Science - United States Military Academy, 1977.
Graduate - Defense Language Institute French Course, 1982.

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT:

Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 2007 - Present).
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 2000 - August 2007).
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (August 1995 - July 2000).
Assistant & Associate Professor, Philosophy Division, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York (July 1987 - July 1995).
Adjunct Professor, English Department, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York (July 1987 - July 1995).
Adjunct Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York (January 1993 - July 1995).

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

Ethics, Applied Ethics (Professional Ethics, Military Ethics, Bioethics), Epistemology, Political Philosophy.

AREAS OF COMPETENCE:

Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Aesthetics.

LANGUAGES:

French, Brazilian Portuguese.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

American Philosophical Association.
American Association of Philosophy Teachers.
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics.
Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association.

PUBLICATIONS:

Books

The Power and Value of Philosophical Skepticism (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996).

Book Chapters

"Is Just War Theory Obsolete," in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War (NY: Routledge, 2013), 23-34.

Articles

"Public School Funding in Pennsylvania," Business Quest 2010, http://www.westga.edu/~bquest   (coauthored with Barbara McElroy)
"Courage"  In Character, 4:3 (Winter 2009), 40-44.
"Moral Luck and the Professions," Business and Professional Ethics, 27, 2008
"The View From A Wheelchair: Teaching Moral Philosophy with a Disability" Teaching Philosophy 30:4, December 2007
"SCI and CAM: False Hope" Topics in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation 13:4, December, 2007. 
"Just War Theory and the War on Terrorism: A Utilitarian Perspective"  Public Integrity 9/1, Winter 2006-7.
"What Price Hope?-The Appeal of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine" American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy of Medicine, Spring 2005.
"A Tale of Two Professions: Accounting and the Military" Professional Ethics 11/2, Summer 2003 (co-authored with Jerry Habegger).
"Civil Society and Government: A Dispatch From the Front Lines" Public Affairs Quarterly, January 2001.
"Women, Sex, and the Military" Public Affairs Quarterly, October 1998.
"Exploring Moral Character in the Philosophy Class" Teaching Philosophy, June 1998.
"An End to Sovereignty?" The Journal of Social Philosophy, Fall 1996.
"Reclaiming the Medical Profession" Professional Ethics, Spring 1995.
"The Soldier as Conscientious Objector," Public Affairs Quarterly, January 1995.
"Citizens and Soldiers: Teaching Just War Theory at the U.S. Military Academy," Teaching Philosophy, March 1994.
"The Many Guises of the Slippery Slope Argument," Social Theory and Practice, Spring 1994.
"Utilitarianism and the Laws of Land Warfare," Public Affairs Quarterly, July 1993.

Reviews

Moral Relativism, Moser and Carson, eds. (NY: Oxford University Press, 2000) in Teaching Philosophy, June 2002.
Re-Creating Medicine, Gregory Pence (Lanham , MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000) in Teaching Philosophy, March 2002.
Virtue and Vice, Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr. and Jeffrey Paul, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) in Teaching Philosophy, December 1999.

Readings in Epistemology for Mayfield Publishing Company, February 1998.
Virtuous Persons, Vicious Deeds for Mayfield Publishing Company, September 1997.
"Slippery Slope Arguments" by Wibren van de Burg for the Encylopedia of Applied Ethics, Academic Press, Inc., January 1996.
Reading and Writing Arguments: Advice For Beginning Students of Philosophy by John F. Petrik for Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc, March 1996.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

February 2007-Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics  "Moral Luck in the Professions"
February 2005-Annual  Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
            "What Price Hope?-The Appeal of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine"
February 2005-Annual  Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
            "Just War Theory and the Global War on Terrorism: A Utilitarian Perspective"
March 2003-Continuing Medical Education Conference on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Sponsored by Geisinger Medical Center
            "What Price Hope?"
February 2002-Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
            "A Tale of Two Professions: the Military and Accounting"
November 2001-Geisinger Medical Center Ethics Education Presentation
            "Moral Theories in Medical Ethics"
February 2001-Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
            Chaired Panel on "Military Ethics"
February 2000-Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
            Chaired Panel on "Character and the Professions"
November 1999-Geisinger Medical Center Resident Staff Ethics Course
            "Ethical Foundations of  Medical Ethics"
November 1998--Geisinger Medical Center Ethics Education Presentation
            "Competency, Decision Making Capacity, and Decision Making for Incompetent Patients"
August 1998--12th International Workshop and Conference on Teaching Philosophy
            "Building a Philosophy Program at a Small Liberal Arts College"
March 1998--Geisinger Medical Center Ethics Education Presentation
            "Truth-Telling and the Patient-Physician Relationship"
January 1998--National Defense University Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics
            "Women, Sex, and the Military"
October 1996--Ethics Conference, State Mental Retardation Center, Selinsgrove, PA
            "The Principles of Bioethics"
February 1995--Long Beach University Conference on Ethics in America
            "The Armed Forces as Social Laboratory: Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
January 1995-- National Defense University Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics
            "An End To Sovereignty?"
November 1994--University of Florida National Conference on Medicine, Ethics, and Economics
            "Reclaiming the Medical Profession"
February 1992--Hastings Center Conference
            "Managed Health Care and the Military Model"
October 1992--U.S. Military Academy Faculty Advisory Council
            "Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum"
August 1992--9th International Workshop and Conference on Teaching Philosophy
            "Citizens and Soldiers: Teaching Just War Theory at the United States Military Academy"
June 1992--Hastings Center Conference
            "The Many Guises of the Slippery Slope Argument"
January 1992-- National Defense University Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics:
            "Utilitarianism and the Laws of Land Warfare"
October 1991--Hastings Center Conference
            "Ethics Education for the Military and the Medical Professions"
November 1990--Hastings Center Conference
            "Theory, Practice, and Technology"

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:

Aspen Institute at Wye Fellowship, July 2005.
John C. Horn Award for distinguished scholarship and service, Susquehanna University, 1999.
Honorary Inductee to Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society, Susquehanna University.
Teaching Excellence Award, Phi-Kappa-Phi (West Point Chapter), May 1993.
Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, June 1992..
Phi-Kappa-Phi, 1977.
Distinguished Graduate (magnum cum laude), United States Military Academy, 1977.
Marquis' Who's Who in America.
Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

SERVICE:

Academic Standing Committee, Susquehanna University (2015-present)
Faculty Affairs Committee, Susquehanna University (2012-present)
Speaker of the Faculty, Susquehanna University (2005-2008)
Member, Committee for Ed Schmidt Endowed Lecture in Ethics (2010-present)
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Religion and Classical Studies, Susquehanna University (2001-2010).
Bioethics Review and Advisory Committee, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA (1996-2009).
Associate Director, Arlin Adams Center for Law and Society, Susquehanna University (2001-2007).
University Council, Susquehanna University (1996-1999 and 2005-2008).
Faculty Personnel Committee, Susquehanna University (2000-2005).
Chair, Core Review Committee, Susquehanna University (2001-2003).
Chair, Academic Honesty Judicial Board, Susquehanna University (1996-1998)
Editorial Board, Susquehanna University Press (1995-2001)
Faculty Advisor, Philosophy Club, Susquehanna University (1996-Present)
Campus Coordinator, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, Susquehanna University (1996-2000).
Member Arlin Adams Center for Law and Society Director Search Committee (2005)
Member Athletic Director Search Committee, Susquehanna University (2003).
Member, Presidential Search Committee, Susquehanna University (2000).
Member, Dean Search Committee for the School of Arts, Humanities, and Communication (1998).
Chair, Committee for Liberal Arts Studies at Susquehanna University, 1995-96.
Philosophy Book Reviewer for Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, CA.
Nominated to the Standing Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association, 1996.
Nominated to serve as Board Member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, 1994.
School Board Director, Selinsgrove Area School District, 1999-2013.
President, Congregation Council, Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove, PA, 1997-2000 and 2012-present.
Editorial Board, Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, 1991-1994.
Ethics Subcommittee of the Faculty Advisory Council, U.S. Military Academy, 1991-1994.
Endowment Committee, U.S. Military Academy, 1989-1992.
English Department Representative, Phi-Kappa-Phi West Point Chapter, 1988-1994.
Vice President, Lutheran Church Council, West Point, N.Y., 1990-1994.
Human Subjects Research Review Board, Keller Army Community Hospital, 1989-1994.
Dean's Representative, Program For Individuals with Disabilities, West Point Community, 1989-1994.
Pennsylvania Legislative Liaison Committee for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 1997-present.
Manager/Player, Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Wheelchair Basketball team (Beacon, NY Warriors), 1991-1994.

REFERENCES:

Provost Linda McMillin
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Phone: 570-372-4127

Professor Donald Housley
History Department
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Phone: (717) 372-4065

Professor Clifton Perry
Department of Political Science
7080 Haley Center
Auburn University, Alabama  36849-5210
Phone: (334) 844-6158

Professor Rita Manning
Department of Philosophy
San Jose State University
San Jose, California  95192
Phone: (408) 924-4470

Other references furnished on request.

Courses taught:

  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • HONS-100 Thought
  • HONS-301 Just War Theory
  • HONS-301 Philosophy of Science
  • LSHP-502 Leadership Seminar
  • OFFR-310 Global Citizenship
  • PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts
  • PHIL-213 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL-224 Bioethics
  • PHIL-225 Just War Theory
  • PHIL-243 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-310 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-400 Independent Study
  • PHIL-500 Directed Reading and Research
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives