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ANNE JEFFREY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

& AFFILIATE PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

 

about

I work primarily in metaethics and normative ethics (in the virtue tradition).  My next book project develops and defends a pluralist Aristotelian account of human goodnesses and virtues. Other of my teaching experience and research interests lie in the history of ethics, political and legal philosophy, bioethics, Aristotle, and philosophy of religion. My book, God and Morality (Cambridge University Press) is available online and for order in print here

From 2023 to 2025 I will serve as a project leader on a $2.8 million grant to train theologians to conduct research in conversation and collaboration with psychology (PI: Devan Stahl, JTF Project #62691). I am also co-organizer with Tim Pawl of the Philosophy of Patience Symposium, part of the "Galvanizing the Psychological, Philosophical, and Theological Study and Practice of Patience" grant (PI: Sarah Schnitkerr and Juliette Ratchford, TRT).

From 2019 to 2021 I worked with Dr. Krista Mehari (Psychology, University of South Alabama), Dr. Joseph Currier (Psychology, University of South Alabama), and Marie Chastang (United Methodist Inner City Mission) on an interdisciplinary project to develop virtue-promotive interventions for adolescents in an under-resourced urban context. Learn more about our program, Empowered, here.

I am a co-organizer of the annual Political Philosophy and Religion Workshop, which seeks to promote scholarship intersecting philosophy of religion and political science, religion, theology, and law. Please email me if you are interested in participating.

I joined the philosophy faculty at Baylor University in fall of 2019 and became an Affiliate Professor in Medical Humanities in 2020. 

 

I earned my PhD in philosophy at Georgetown University, and then was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame on the Hope and Optimism Project.  In fall 2016, I joined the faculty of philosophy at the University of South Alabama where I held a joint appointment in the College of Medicine; I developed and delivered a virtue-based Bioethics curriculum for first through third year medical students. 

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I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. This (mostly) explains my love of the water, the Miami Heat, and Cuban food. I grew to love biology and so left Miami's beaches for college with aspirations to go into cancer research.

 

I attended Baylor University where I earned a BA in 2010 in University Scholars -- an interdisciplinary program in the honors college -- and met my now husband (who also did a PhD in philosophy).  I started off studying biochemistry and music composition, then tried out classics and creative writing, and finally ended up in philosophy. Those early interests have made their way back into my work in bioethics and ancient philosophy, confirming my conviction that not all who wander (academically) are lost. 

teaching

Below is a list of courses I've taught or am teaching. Click on a course title to see a copy of the syllabus or course website (for current classes).

Georgetown University

Paradoxes in Aristotle & Plato

Ethics of Aristotle & Plato

Morality and Conscience

Political and Social Thought (School of Foreign Service, discussion leader)

Philosophy of Law (discussion leader)

Intro to Philosophy (discussion leader)

Bioethics (TA)

Saint Louis University

Other Syllabi

I am the faculty advisor for the Baylor Bioethics Bowl team. Baylor competed for the first time this year in the online National Bioethics Bowl and tied with the first place team in number of points scored.

As faculty advisor for the South Alabama Bioethics Club, I organized and hosted two National Bioethics Bowl competitions.
In 2018, our team placed 5th at Nationals. 

research

Below are publications and works in progress. I'm happy to send drafts of works in progress or under review upon request. (Titles changed for works under review)

monograph

God and Morality. Cambridge University Press (April 2019).

articles

 

How Aristotelians Can Make Faith a Virtue, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2016):1-17

 

Does Hope Morally Vindicate Faith? International Journal of Philosophy of Religion (2017): 1-19

 

Limited Epistocracy and Political Inclusion, Episteme (2018):1-21

Is the Atonement Necessary or Fitting? Religious Studies (2019):1-9

Hoping for Metanormative Realism. Erkenntnis (2019):1-15 

A Thomistic View of Conscience and Guilt, in The Moral Psychology of Guilt, eds. Bradford Cokelet and John Corey Maley, New York: Rowman and Littlefield (2019):243-268

 

Hope in Christianity, in The Moral Psychology of Hope, eds. Titus Stahl and Claudia Blosser, New York: Rowman and Littlefield (2019).

Aristotle, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, eds. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (2020).

 

Fluctuating Maximal God, (with A. Lancaster-Thomas and M. Moravec) International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2020).

Varieties of Theism and Explanations of Moral Realism, European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (2021): 25-50.

Conscience, in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, eds. Tim Crane and Elinor Mason (under contract).

Surprising Empirical Directions for Thomistic Moral Psychology, (with Krista Mehari), American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2022)

Against Reductivist Character Realism (with Alina Beary), Philosophical Psychology (2022)

 

Morality and Religion, (with William Wainwright), Bloomsbury Companion to Ethics, 2nd Edition, ed. Christian Miller (forthcoming)

The Primacy of Hope in Human Flourishing (with Krista Mehari), The Monist (forthcoming)

Impact of a Participatory Action Approach to Virtue Promotion Among Early Adolescents (with Krista Mehari, Marie Chastang, Joseph Currier, and Megan Blanton), Journal of Positive Psychology

Transdisciplinary Participatory Work as Cross-Cultural Communication: How Philosophers, Psychologists, and Practitioners Can Work (Well) Together to Promote Adolescent Character Development, (with Krista Mehari, Marie Chastang, and Sarah Schnitker), Journal of Positive Psychology

projects in progress (titles changed if under review)

metaethics

 

Divine Ideas, Goodness, and Gooddnesses with Tom Ward (under review)
Theistic Ethics Workshop, 7/10/20, Princeton Rutgers Philosophy of Religion colloquium, March 2021

 

More Relative Goodness (in progress)

Pacific APA, 4/7/22

Growing Up and Acting for the Right Reasons (under review)
Virtual Metaethics Colloquium, April 2021. 

 

Focal Meaning & Practical Reasons (draft)
W
omen in Philosophy in the Chicago Area Workshop, Northwestern University, 12/1/16

How to Get Realistic About Moral Reasons without Losing Your Mind Dependence (in progress)
RoME, University of Colorado--Boulder, 8/18; South Carolina Philosophical Association meeting, College of Charleston, 2/24/12

Rethinking Moral Objectivity (draft)
Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association Meeting, 10/5/14

Divine Friendship and Moral Motivation (under review) 
Ryerson Philosophy of Religion Workshop, 12/9/20; Baylor University, 2/2019; Theistic Ethics Workshop, William and Mary, 10/5-7/17

normative ethics and moral psychology

Inclusivizing Aristotle’s Theory of Virtue with Alexandra Romanyshyn and Hilary Yancey (in progress)

Baylor Flourishing Brown Bag, 9/21

Three Ways to Love Your Enemy  (in progress)Notre Dame Workshop on Love, Virtue, and Forgiveness, 5/22

Worthwhile Friendship Requires Character Realism. (under review)

Repurposing As a Means to Self Transcendence with Catherine Marple and Sarah Schnitker (under review)

Hope As a Norm of Tough Love (draft)

Developing Virtue-Promotive Interventions for Adolescents through Participatory Action Research ($205,000 grant through Character Strengths Interventions in Adolescents project, 2019-2021)

Normative Hope and Didactic Blame with Colin Hickey (draft)
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 10, 2017; Moral Failure and Recovery Workshop, June 2017; The Nature and Norms of Hope Conference, Cornell University, April 2017

philosophy of religion

Divine Love and Omnirationality (in progress)
Alabama Philosophical Society, 9/17

Divine Love of Enemy (in progress)

SCP Midwest, 10/22

political philosophy & applied ethics

Loving Your Enemies in a Deteriorating Democracy (in progress)

MANCEPT, University of Manchester, 9/8/2022

 

Combatting the Opioid Crisis: A Shared Responsibility Account

Opioids and Ethics Conference, University of South Alabama, 11/18, November 11/17

 

Child Sex Trafficking: What the US Can Do About It (draft)

Human Development and Capabilities Association Meeting, Georgetown University, 9/13/15; Hope College, 9/29/15

Solving the Priority Problem for the Capabilities Approach (draft)

Human Development and Capabilities Association meeting, Athens, GE, 9/3/14

Epistemic Norms Constrain Practical Authority (in progress)
University College Dublin, 3/11

 

ancient and medieval philosophy

Aristotle on Friendship and Loving the Good Haplos (in progress)

Errors of Reason in De Anima iii.3 (Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 5/4/14)

The Grounds of Moral Obligations in Aquinas's Natural Law Ethics (under review)
Notre Dame Moral Theology Colloquium, invited 2/17/16

 

public philosophy 

 

Questions in Philosophy of Religion BYU student panel (spring 2022)

Must God Explain Morality? Tipsy Orthodoxy (spring 2022)

God and Morality Christian Scholars Review Blog (summer 2021)

Does God Explain Morality? The Analytic Christian (spring 2021)

God and Moral Motivation The Analytic Christian (fall 2021)

 

Building Community and Engaging Students Remotely Baylor Connections (spring 2020)
 

Dangerous Despair, Logoi (Spring 2016)

The Role of Faith in Being ReasonablePatheos (Summer 2017)

If God Does Not Exist, Why Be a Moral Person? Capturing Christianity podcast (Spring 2019)

contact

Department of Philosophy, One Bear Place #97273, Baylor University
Waco TX 76798  |  anne_jeffrey@baylor.edu

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