Media Experts

The media, our colleagues at Rice, and interested Rice students are all invited to reach out to us if you need to consult with an expert. Below we outline some of the topics on which we can offer regionally distinguished or internationally-distinguished (marked with a star, ★) expertise. This list is not exhaustive, but it does hit most of the highlights. In any case we welcome all questions meant for philosophers. If we can’t help, we might know someone who can.

Morality, Ethics, and Politics

★ achievement (including: fulfillment, effort, worthwhile goals)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford

★ blame and responsibility (including excuses, nonculpable ignorance, praise)
Professor Tim Schroeder
Professor George Sher

★ disaster response (including price gouging, rebuilding, and relocation)
Professor Elizabeth Brake

★ equality (including its importance, limitations as a moral principle, role in politics)
Professor Elizabeth Brake
Professor George Sher

ethical and moral theory (including right and wrong, better and worse actions, grey areas, dilemmas)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Elizabeth Brake
Professor George Sher
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

free will (including the neuroscience of, and physics)
Professor Tim Schroeder

★ grace (including forgiveness, religious and secular)
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

history of political thought (including Ancient Greece, Machiavelli, the Enlightenment)
Professor Don Morrison

★ marriage (including same-sex, polyamorous, rights, liberalization of)
Professor Elizabeth Brake

meaning of life (including existentialism, why bother, larger and higher purposes)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Steve Crowell
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

medical ethics (including ethical conduct by practitioners, ethics of various medical procedures, treatments, enhancements)
Professor Elizabeth Brake

★ motives (including kindness, indifference, malice, trying to do the right thing)
Professor Tim Schroeder
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

★ norms (including our consciousness of them, guidance by them, in thought and language)
Professor Steve Crowell

★ political correctness (including nasty thoughts, outward expression, slurs)
Professor George Sher

sex and love (including dating, marriage, changing norms, consent)
Professor Elizabeth Brake

★ taxation (including redistribution, baseline welfare, inequality, rewarding good choices)
Professor George Sher

value (including objective goodness, subjective goodness, and emotion, and consciousness)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Steve Crowell
Professor Uriah Kriegel

virtue and vice (including attribution of, specific virtues and vices, relation to feelings, beliefs, actions)
Professor Tim Schroeder
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

well-being (including welfare, being badly off, objective and subjective ideas of)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Don Morrison
Professor George Sher

The Mind, Consciousness, Mental Disorder

★ addiction (including blaming addicts, behavioral additions, neuroscience of)
Professor Tim Schroeder

cognitive science (including its history, current movements, theoretical basis)
Assistant Professor Alex Morgan

★ consciousness (including materialism, its scientific study, self-awareness, the senses, thought)
Professor Steve Crowell
Professor Uriah Kriegel
Professor Tim Schroeder
Professor Charles Siewert

★ desires (including dopamine's role, neuroscience of, unconscious)
Professor Tim Schroeder

emotions (including psychology of, neuroscience of, morality, and appropriate)
Professor Tim Schroeder
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

mental disorder (including mood disorders, Tourette's Syndrome, responsibility and neuroscience of antipsychiatry)
Professor Tim Schroeder

neuroscience (including its significance for human life and morality, its interpretation, remaining weaknesses)
Assistant Professor Alex Morgan
Professor Tim Schroeder

pain (including its neuroscience, its badness, suffering, displeasure)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Tim Schroeder

★ plant mentality (including the science of representations in plants, feelings, awareness)
Assistant Professor Alex Morgan

Other Philosophical Topics

art (including what is art, the value of art, the nature of fiction, music)
Associate Professor Gwen Bradford
Professor Elizabeth Brake
Professor Tim Schroeder
Assistant Professor Vida Yao

biology and the biological sciences (including intellectual foundations, evolution, concepts of health and well-functioning in)
Assistant Professor Alex Morgan

★ Heidegger (including his life, his thought)
Professor Steve Crowell

★ Socrates (including his thought, his context, his ideas of reality and value)
Professor Don Morrison