Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Jeffrey Stephenson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jeff Stephenson

Current Semester

Spring 2013 Courses:

PHL 110IH: Intro to Ethics: Good and Evil
PHL 322: Philosophy & Environmental Ethics
PHL 491: Aristotle Ethics & Politics

Advising: Philosophy, Ethicats

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm (Spring 2013 semester)

Office: Wilson 2-149


Phone: (406) 994-5210

Research Interests

Character and cognitive science; akrasia and medical care; classical (Aristotelian) virtue theory; modern (Thomist/MacIntyre) virtue theory; ancient philosophy; social justice in healthcare; professional ethics (healthcare, media and medical); clinical ethics; ethics and law; research ethics and law; ethical issues in biotechnology.


Ph.D. in Philosophy (2006), City University of New York

M.A. in Philosophy with Teaching Ethics Option (1999), University of Montana, Missoula. 

M.A. in Liberal Studies (1996), Georgetown University

B.A. in Liberal Studies (1991), University of South Florida

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

2010 Nominee for Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Case Western Reserve University.

2000-2003 Graduate Teaching Fellowship award thru the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Select Publications

Stephenson, JE “Breaking Bad in America: Vicious Walter White and the American Psyche”. [Forthcoming 2012, Open Court Popular Culture and Philosophy series title Breaking Bad and Philosophy.]

Piven, J.; Stephenson, JE  “The Fear of Bones: On the Dread of Space and Death”. [Forthcoming 2012, Blackwell popular philosophy series title The Philosophy of JJ Abrams.]

Stephenson, JE; Grace, WT.  “Beyond the Palin:  The Meaning of Sarah Palin’s Entry into the Fourth Estate”, Media Ethics (Spring 2010 issue).

Book Chapters
Stephenson, JE; Anderson, AO.  “Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Biodefense Research.”  In Textbook of Military Medicine: Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare, The Borden Institute (Chapter 24; 2008).

Book Review Essays
Stephenson, JE.  “Media Mafia According to Goldberg”.  Media Ethics (Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2002).
Stephenson, JE.  “Goldberg’s Arrogance”.  Media Ethics (Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2004).

Book Reviews
Stephenson, JE.  “The Media and the War on Terrorism.” Stephen Hess and Marvin Kalb (eds.) (2003).  Media Ethics (Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2004).

Courses Taught

Ethics (CWRU, 305/405; 3 sec)                                
Science and Engineering Ethics (CWRU, 304/404; 3 sec)
Police Ethics (JJ, 327; 1 sec)              
Ethics and Law (JJ, 310, 2 sec)                                   
Contemporary Moral Problems: Experiential Learning (team taught) (CWRU, 206; 1 sec)
Knowledge, Belief and Value (JJ, 220; 6 sec)
Introduction to Philosophy (All institutions, 101, 15+ sec)
Rational Man (CC, 300/400, 1 sec)                                                              
Social Foundations I and II (NYU, 127, 4 sec)                                                           
Introduction to Ethics (online) (FCC, 2 sec)
Nursing Healthcare Ethics (internship) (FVCC, 1 sec)