About the Author
Peter A. French, Ph.D., L.H.D. is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. He is the Founding Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and its Director from 2000 to 2013. Before that he was the Cole Chair in Ethics, Director of the Ethics Center, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the University of South Florida. He was the Lennox Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Trinity University, and served as Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware. During his distinguished 50-year career in academia he has also been a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), and Northern Arizona University. Dr. French earned a BA from Gettysburg College, an MA from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, and did post-doctoral work at Oxford University. He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree for his work in philosophy from Gettysburg College in 2006.
Dr. French has an international reputation in ethical and legal theory and in collective and corporate responsibility and criminal liability. He is the author of twenty books including War and Moral Dissonance; The Virtues of Vengeance; Cowboy Metaphysics; Ethics and College Sports; Corporate Ethics; Responsibility Matters; Collective and Corporate Responsibility; Ethics in Government; The Scope of Morality; Corporations in the Moral Community; The Spectrum of Responsibility; Corrigible Corporations and Unruly Laws; and War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash. He is a founding editor with Howard Wettstein of Midwest Studies in Philosophy. As a single author, co-author, and editor he has contributed 61 books to the philosophical literature.
Dr. French has lectured at locations around the world. Some of his works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, French, Serbian, and Spanish. Dr. French also was the editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy for 16 years and general editor of the Issues in Contemporary Ethics series. He has published scores of articles in the major philosophical and legal journals and reviews, many of which have been anthologized. In 2002 Dr. French was appointed to the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. In 2008 the APA’s Newsletter on Philosophy and Law dedicated an issue to him, and at its 2014 Central Division meetings in Chicago the APA honored him with a session on his work.
Howard K. Wettstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the City University of New York and a B.A. from Yeshiva College. In 2013 his book, The Significance of Religious Experience, was published by Oxford University Press. Earlier books include Has Semantics Rested On a Mistake? and Other Essays (Stanford University Press, 1991) and The Magic Prism: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language (Oxford University Press, 2004). He has edited or co-edited several volumes including Themes From Kaplan and Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity. He is currently writing a new book on the philosophy of religion.