David L. McPherson, PhD

David L. McPherson, PhD

David L. McPherson, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Ethics (esp. Virtue Ethics), Political Philosophy, Meaning in Life, Philosophy of Religion

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Philosophy

Position

  • Associate Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Biography

David McPherson is a philosopher who works in the areas of ethics (esp. virtue ethics), political philosophy, meaning in life, and philosophy of religion. He is the author of The Virtues of Limits (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and Virtue and Meaning: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2020), as well as the editor of Spirituality and the Good Life: Philosophical Approaches (Cambridge University Press, 2017). David is President of Philosophers in Jesuit Education, and he is also a founding member of The Heartland Virtue Ethics Network and a member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Network. David and his wife Kirstin enjoy playing traditional folk music together and spending time with their four children, Clare, John, Peter, and Andrew. David is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Publications and Presentations

Books

Publications

  • , 95:2
  • , 239-59
  • , 211-24
  • , 55:3, 389-403
  • , 94:3, 383-407
  • , Supplement 18, 11-31
  • , Ch. 68
  • , 79-96
  • , 140-52
  • , 63-83
  • , 1-10
  • , 39:1, 41-62
  • , 39:1, 35-43
  • , XIX:2, 291-310
  • , 17-46
  • , 91:1, 39-67
  • , Supplement 13, 216-42
  • , 1-11
  • , 51:3, 335-46
  • , 55:2, 197-215
  • , 89-115
  • , 116:2, 283-96
  • , 86:4, 627-54
  • , 24:2, 275-94
  • , 24:1, 85-111

Editing and Reviews

  • , 73:3 , 618-19
  • , 68:271, 426-9
  • , 67:268, 636-41
  • , 52:4, 577-80
  • , 52:1, 139-43
  • , 51:1, 135-9
  • , 65:2, 421-3

Presentations

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Ethics (esp. Virtue Ethics), Political Philosophy, Meaning in Life, and Philosophy of Religion

Current Research Projects

  • For academic year 2021-2022, I will be on a sabbatical fellowship at the Benson Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder working on my third book monograph titled Spiritual Alienation and the Quest for God. This book will articulate, explore, and respond to the problem of spiritual alienation, which it argues is a perennial feature of the human condition but is also exacerbated within the conditions of modernity.