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Kevin Houser

Kevin Houser is the Beamer-Schneider SAGES Teaching Fellow in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Research specialties include ethics/moral philosophy, empathy and moral emotions, epistemology, market ethics, and the work of Emmanuel Levinas. Current projects include an in-service series (for Case Western) on cross-disciplinary ethics instruction, an expansion of the APA/Marc Sanders Essay “Empathy Re-Moralized,” and a chapter for the upcoming (2017) Oxford Handbook of Emmanuel Levinastitled “Levinas and Analytic Philosophy: Towards an Ethical Metaphysics of Reasons.” Current cv with publications and teaching experience is here. Present work proceeds from a conviction, contracted from Emmanuel Levinas, Stanley Cavell, and Robert Brandom, that the common quests to find reasons to be ethical and/or to derive ethical authority from practical reason, are both backwards. Ethics is not best understood as an expression, result, or residue of the rational. Rather, there is a prior pre-reflective ethical relationship which makes reasoned thought possible.

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