Susan Marie Purviance
Department of Philosophy West Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street Toledo, Ohio 43613
Toledo, Ohio 43606
(419) 537-4516 (419) 471-1861
Areas of Specialization: Areas of Competence:
Ethics, including Ancient
the History of Ethics Aesthetics
Contemporary Ethical Theory, Introductory
and Medical Ethics
Spanish, French, Elementary Ancient Greek
Ph.D. in Philosophy--December 1987, The University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A in Philosophy.--Spring 1982, The University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. in Philosophy--Spring 1979, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A.–in progress, French, Foreign Languages Department, University of Toledo
Summer 2007 Study Abroad Program student, Department of French and Italian, Miami University of Ohio
(study site: Dijon and Burgundy, France)
University of Toledo, Professor Rank, 1999-present
University of Toledo, Associate Professor of Philosophy 1994-1998
University of Toledo, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Ethics, 1989-1993
(at the invitation of the College of Pharmacy)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor, 1986-1988 (tenure-track)
University of Louisville, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1985-1986
The College of Wooster, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1984-1985
Buddhist Thought (2009)
Advanced Medical Ethics
Modern Philosophy Seminar
Ancient Philosophy Seminar
Ethics and Health Care
Problems in Ethics: Kant
Seminar: Aristotle: Life, Soul, Mind, Action
Seminar: Contemporary Ethical Theory
M. A. Theses Directed (highest graduate degree possible at University of Toledo)
John Kirkpatrick (attained Ph.D.in Philosophy at University of
Knoxville, tenure-track professor of Philosophy)
Shannon Dedmon (continues to practice law)
Christopher Sallah (attained J.D. and is a practicing attorney)
Nelda Koralewski (admitted as a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Michigan State University; studies suspended
due to a degenerative nerve disease)
Karin Clarkson (attained J.D. and is a practicing attorney)
Theresa Catalano-Rheinhardt (community college instructor of Philosophy)
Jeanne Kusina (Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Bowling Green State University)
Craig Wescoe (Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati)
Article, "Richard Price's Contextualist Rationaism" Studies in the History of Ethics
Article, "Hutcheson’s Aesthetic Realism and Moral Qualities", History of Intellectual Culture
6:1 (2006) pp. 1-14.
Article, "Arguing Against Cognitive Nativism: Hume vs. Locke", History of Philosophy Quarterly 23:2
(April 2006), pp. 137-150.
Article, "Personal Identity and Multiplicity in Shaftesbury, Hume, and Reid", Interculturalism: Between
Identity and Diversity, Peter Lang Publishers, 2006, pp.47-62.
Article, "Shaftesbury on Self as a Practice", Journal of Scottish Philosophy 2:2 (Autumn 2004), pp.
Article, "Apperception and Agency: One Kantian Account", Studi Kantiani XVII (Fall 2004), 16 pp.
Article, "Ethical Externalism and the Moral Sense", Journal of Philosophical Research 27 (2002), pp.585-600.
Article, "Concessions to Moral Particularism", Philosophy in the Contemporary World 8:2 (2001), 17
Article, "The Apriority of Moral Feeling", Idealistic Studies 29:1-2 (Winter-Spring 1999), 12 pp.
Article, "The Facticity of Kant's Fact of Reason", Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia XX:2
Article, "The Moral Self and the Indirect Passions", Hume Studies 23:2 (November 1997), 195-212.
Article, "Social Meliorism, Virtue, and Vice: Bernard Mandeville", Southwest Philosophy Review, volume
12 number 2 (July 1996), pp.63-83.
Article, "Infertility Treatment for Post-menopausal Patients: An Equity Based Approach", Ethics and Behavior
5:1 (April 1995), pp.15-24.
Article, "What Makes Utility the Moral Quality of Actions?", History of Philosophy Quarterly volume
11 number 2 (April 1994), pp.191-203.
Article, "Kantian Persons and Moral Sensibility", Becoming Persons v.2 (Proceedings of the Second Conference
on Persons), edited by Robert N Fisher, Applied Theology Press, Oxford (September 1994).
Article, "Distributive Justice In Kidney Transplantation Policy", Business and Professional Ethics
Journal 12:2 (Fall 1993)pp.19-37.
Article, "Aesthetics and Adjudication: Intersubjective Requirements and Juridical Judgment", Journal of
Value Inquiry 27: (1993), pp. 165-178.
Article, "Age Rationing, the Virtues, And Wanting More Life", Journal of Medical Humanities 14:3 (1993),
Article, "James Mill" in Encyclopedia of Ethics, Lawrence C. Becker, editor; Garland Publishing (1993).
Article, "Intersubjectivity and Sociable Relations in the Philosophy of Francis Hutcheson", Eighteenth
Century Life, Vol. 15 no.s 1 & 2 (February and May, 1991)
["Intersubjectivity and Sociable Relations in the Philosophy of Francis Hutcheson" has been reprinted in Sociability
and Society In Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Mercat Press, Edinburgh, 1993]
Book Review, A. E. Pitson’s Hume’s Philosophy of Self, in Hume Studies (2004)
Book Note, Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice, in Ethics 109:3
Book Review, Thomas Reid, Practical Ethics, Knud Haakonssen, ed. in Scotia: American-Canadian Journal
of Scottish Studies, Volume XV (1991)
Book Review, Chris Hackler, ed., Advance Directives in Medicine in Philosophy in Context, Volume
Book Review, joint review of Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems and Biomedical Ethics Reviews
1989 in Teaching Philosophy, Volume 13 no. 4 (December 1990)
Book Review, John Dwyer, Virtuous Discourse, in Scotia: American-Canadian Journal of Scottish Studies
Volume XIII (Fall 1989)
Book Review, Baruch Brody, ed., Moral Theory and Moral Judgments in Medical Ethics in Ethics
Recent Papers Presented
"Moral Self-striving and Sincerity (Redlichkeit): The Need for the Other in Kantian Moral Practice",
International Conference on Social Philosophy, North American Society for Social Philosophy, The University of Portland, Portland
Oregon, July 19, 2008.
"Psyche, Thumos and the Spirited Soul: A Philosopher is Arrested", International Conference on Philosophy,
Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, 1-3 June 2006.
"Character and the Diachronic Account of Self in Hume’s Philosophy of the Self", Hume and his
Critics Conference, Baylor University, April 15, 2005.
"Kantian Self-awareness and the Unity of Agency", Fifth Annual PGSA Confence, Marquette University, April
"The Character of Moral Beauty", Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 22, 2003.
"Self as a Practice: Shaftesbury, Hume, Reid", International Congress: Identity and Diversity: Philological
and Philosophical Reflections, Departments of Philosophy of Universidad Nacionale de Educacion de Distancia (UNED, Madrid)
and the Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, at UNED Madrid, June 2003.
Sabbatical, Fall 1998.
Dean's Research Award for proposal, Kant's Agency Realism, Summer 1997, $5,000.
University of Toledo Humanities Institute Senior Research Fellow, 1995-1996, $750.
URAPF University Summer Grant for proposal, Moral Realism and the Fact of Virtue, Summer 1993, $6100.
Co-Director with Mashhad Al-Allaf for Conference, Philosophy, Medicine, and Diverse Cultures,
April 20-21, 2007, The University of Toledo.
Contact Medical Ethicist, Physician Residency Programs in Toledo and Dearborn:
1. Ethics presentations and discussion moderator, W.W. Knight Family Practice Residency Program, The Toledo
Hospital, bimonthly, 1989-2000.
2. Ethics presentations and discussion moderator, Obstetrics-Gynecology Residency Program and other physician
programs, Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, Michigan, 1992-1997.
Kentucky Humanities Council Evaluator for "Euthanasia as a Medical/Ethical Issue", Kentuckiana Inter-Faith
Community, Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Fall 1985.
Panel Moderator and Ohio Humanities Council Evaluator for "The Genetic Revolution: A Public Forum on Values
and the New Biology", The College of Wooster, Fall 1984.
Professional Organization Memberships
The American Philosophical Association
North American Society for Social Philosophy
The Hume Society
The North American Kant Society
Pi Alpha Phi (French Language and Civilization Honor Society)
College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee, 2007-2008.
College of Arts and Sciences Representative, 2006-2009
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007
College Committee on Academic Personnel, 1999--2001
Faculty Senator, 1996-1999
Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 1997-1998