Lawrence Hinman

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Lawrence Hinman


Lawrence M. Hinman, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1975. He currently serves as the co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology. Hinman offers undergraduate courses on ethics, including ethical theory, applied ethics, and ethics and contemporary science. His research focuses on ethical issues in emerging science and technology, including search engines, privacy and surveillance, stem cell research and therapy, neuroscience, and robotics. He has been very active in bringing ethics-related resources to the web, founding Ethics Updates in 1994 and Ethics Videos in 2000. He has also done extensive work in academic integrity and ethics across the curriculum.

Initially, Hinman’s research focused on modern and contemporary European thought and epistemology, including articles on Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Marx, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Wittgenstein. He has dealt with a wide range of topics, including play, alienation, skepticism, forms of life, metaphor, hermeneutics, emotions, the Holocaust, wisdom, fallacies, and moral imagination. He has also done extensive work on academic integrity and also on integrating ethics into K-12 and college curricula. During the last decade, he has written increasingly on topics in ethics and science, including ethical issues in sociobiology, computing, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, end-of-life decisions, search engines, and robotics.

His articles have appeared in many journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Ethics, The Monist, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, Stem Cell Reviews, International Review of Information Ethics, and Ethics and Information Technology.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Hinman is the author of two books, Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach, 4th ed. (Wadsworth, 2007) and Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus, 3rd ed.(Prentice Hall, 2005). He is currently working on a book in robotic ethics.

Hinman has been a member of the executive boards of the American Philosophical Association and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Hinman received USD’s Davies Award for Faculty Achievement in 1988 and a Distinguished University Professorship in 1996.

Educational Background

PhD, Loyola University

MA, University of San Diego

BA, Loyola University

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