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Donald Bruckner

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Donald Bruckner

Donald Bruckner

Associate Professor of Philosophy
New Kensington Campus
(724) 334-6148


B.S., Philosophy and Mathematics, Bowling Green State University, 1992
M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
M.A., Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

  • Value Theory
  • Practical Reason
  • Ethical Theory

Recent Courses

  • PHIL 001: Basic Problems of Philosophy
  • PHIL 012: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 108: Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 118: Introduction to Environmental Philosophy

Recent Publications

  •  “Quirky Desires and Well-Being.”  Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 10(2) (2016), 1-34.
  • “Strict Vegetarianism is Immoral.”  In The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat, Ben Bramble and Bob Fischer (eds.), Oxford University Press (2015), 30-47.
  • “Adaptive Preferences, Autonomy, and Extended Lives.”  In Adaptation and Autonomy:  Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life, Juha Räikkä and Jukka Varelius (eds.), Springer (2013), pp. 7-26.
  • “Present Desire Satisfaction and Past Well-Being.”  Australasian Journal of Philosophy,  91:1 (2013), 15-29. 
  • “Against the Tedium of Immortality.”  International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 20:5 (2012), 623-644.  

Current Projects

  • "Gun Control and Alcohol Policy."