Howard Nye, PhD, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
Email
howard.nye@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8554
Address
2-59 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7

Overview

About

Howard Nye is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta. He works primarily in the areas of normative ethics, practical ethics, and metaethics, and has related interests in political philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and decision theory. One line of Howard’s current research investigates challenges to the common assumption that life is less of a morally important benefit to sentient beings who lack the intellectual abilities of typical human adults. Another line of his research concerns the ethics of collective action, focusing on the argument that individual actors and institutions should reduce their contributions to harmful practices because their contributions have small chances of making very important differences. A third line of Howard's research investigates what it takes for an entity to have beliefs, desires, and sensations that represent or are about the world in a sense that admits of genuine, underviative error, with applications to the sentience and mental lives of various non-human animals, intellectually less able humans, and possible future artifical intelligence systems. 


Courses

PHIL 250 - Contemporary Ethical Issues

An examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and the application of ethical theories to practical issues.

Fall Term 2020
PHIL 345 - Humans and Animals

Philosophical approaches to the question of comparative human and animal cognition, emotion, awareness, and language. The course will also address the problem of animal rights vis-à-vis individual and institutional human interests.

Fall Term 2020
PHIL 350 - Foundations of Ethics

A philosophical investigation of theoretical questions about ethics, such as whether ethical values are objective or subjective, why we should be moral, whether virtues really exist, what role reason plays in ethical deliberation, and what constitutes the basis of our ethical obligations.

Winter Term 2021
PHIL 384 - Topics in Practical Ethics

Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

The Wrong Kind of Reasons
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, Tristram McPherson and David Plunkett (eds), New York: Routledge
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/08081c003fb14ee092a5da453b19c4e4/nye-the-wrong-kind-of-reasons-2017.pdf
Directly Plausible Principles
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods, Christopher Daly (ed.), London: Palgrave MacMillan
Page Numbers: 610-636
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/a122fee512eb46718cc896280ef2d8a2/nye-directly-plausible-principles-2015-ebv.pdf
Chaos and Constraints
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Dimensions of Moral Agency, David Boersema (ed), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Page Numbers: 14-29
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/c6a7ab31234048c19166afa132eaabd3/nyechaosconstraints2014.pdf
Objective Double Effect and the Avoidance of Narcissism
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Mark Timmons (ed), Oxford: Oxford University Press
Volume: 3
Page Numbers: 260-286
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/dfe49392c07741fdb1db18ec5fbf9795/nyeobjectiveddetheavoidanceofnarcissism2013.pdf
Non-Consequentialism Demystified
Author(s): Howard Nye, David Plunkett, and John Ku
Publication: Philosophers’ Imprint
Volume: 15
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1-28
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/3812eed256df49038248e6fcc178783a/nyeplunkettkunonconsequentialismdemystified2015.pdf
On the Equivalence of Trolleys and Transplants: The Lack of Intrinsic Difference Between Direct Attack and ‘Collateral Damage’
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication: Utilitas
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 432-479
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/faa5e0b272c14e629b1e5fc031ecc671/nyeontheequivalenceoftrolleystransplants2014.pdf
Well-Being, Self-Regarding Reasons, and Morality
Author(s): Howard Nye
Publication: Thought
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 332-341
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/hnye/5ab37051e60e490d97ec70cc8a37fdc7/nyewellbeingselfregardingreasonsmorality2014.pdf