Both theoretical meta-ethics and normative ethics are interests
of members of the Philosophy faculty, as is the application of
these ideas to applied areas of practice.
Ken Shockley counts both ethical theory and environmental ethics
among his chief research areas (Shockley’s work includes the
ethical dimensions of UB’s Ecosystem Restoration program).
Jiyuan Yu conducts research and teaches in the history of ethics,
particularly Aristotle, and James Lawler writes and teaches
The application of ethics to various practical fields is also an
area of interest and teaching of David Hershenov whose work in
metaphysics extends into bioethics. Randall Dipert researches
military ethics and just war theory. Affiliated faculty member
Stephen Wear is co-director of the Center for Clinical Ethics and
Humanities in Health Care. Affiliated faculty member Richard Cohen
teaches courses in Continental thinkers such as Levinas.