Past Visitors to the Department
Prof. George R. Lucas, Jr. is the Distinguished Visiting Inamori Scholar
Prof. George R. Lucas, Jr. is the Distinguished Chair in Ethics Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, and recently retired as Professor of Ethics and Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
He has taught at Georgetown University, Emory University, Randolph-Macon College, the French Military Academy (Saint-Cyr), and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. His main areas of interest are applied moral philosophy and military ethics, and he has written on such topics as: irregular and hybrid warfare, cyber conflict, military and professional ethics, and ethical challenges of emerging military technologies. He is also the General Editor of the multi-volume Critical Edition of the Works of Alfred North Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press).
A Summa cum Laude graduate in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and received the Sigma Xi Research Award in 1971 for his work in intermediate energy particle physics, published in The Physical Review (1973). Professor Lucas received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1978.
Lucas is the author of six books, more than forty journal articles, translations, and book reviews, and has also edited ten book-length collections of articles in philosophy and ethics.
Dr. Lucas is also co-editor (with Capt. Rick Rubel, U.S. Navy, retired) of the textbook, Ethics and the Military Profession: the Moral Foundations of Leadership, and a companion volume, Case Studies in Military Ethics, both published by Pearson Education (New York, 2004). These texts are used in core courses devoted to ethical leadership at the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and at Naval ROTC units at over 57 colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Kevin Houser was 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.