Dale Murray

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Dale Murray

Associate Professor

Philosophy Department
University of Wisconsin-Richland
1200 Highway 14 West
Richland Center, WI 53581-1316
(608) 647-6186

(608) 355-5228
Office Hours / Schedule 

Office: 418 Melvill Hall

Fall 2015

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00; W 11:00-12:00


Professor Murray has teaching and research interests in the history of ethics, social and political philosophy, biomedical ethics, enviromental ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of sport.


Book (Peer Reviewed):

Nozick, Autonomy, and Compensation. (Bristol, U.K.: Continuum Press, 2007).

Chapters in Books (Peer Reviewed):

“Community and the Individual in Avatar,” in ed. George Dunn’s Avatar and Philosophy (London, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2014, pp. 180-189).

“Making Mountains Out of Heaps: Environmental Protection One Stone at a Time.” in ed. Stephen Schmid’s Climbing – Philosophy for Everyone: Because It’s There (London, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2010, pp. 169-179).

Articles (Peer Reviewed): 

“Clarifications of the Descriptive/Normative Distinction in Ethics,” Open Peer Commentary on Dubljevic and Racine’s ‘The ADC of Moral Judgment,’ American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience (Vol. 5, no. 4, 2014, 27-29).

“Comment on Moseley and Gala’s ‘The Consumer Protection Model of Decisional Capacity Evaluation’,” Southwest Philosophy Review (Vol. 29, no. 2, 2013, 89-91). 

“The Massachusetts Health Plan, Individual Mandates and the Neutrality of the Liberal State,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Vol. 36, no. 5, 2011, pp. 466-483). 

“Monitoring Shared Health Governance,” Open Peer Commentary on Jennifer Prah Ruger’s ‘Shared Health Governance,’ American Journal of Bioethics (Vol. 11, no. 7, 2011, pp. 55-57).

“Reflections on Public Funding for Professional Sports Facilities,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (Vol. 36, no. 1, 2009, pp. 22-39). 

“Presumptions against School District Secession,” Theory and Research in Education (Vol. 7, no. 1, 2009, pp. 47-64).

“The Need for a Broader View of Policy in Health Care,” Open Peer Commentary on Nancy Jecker’s ‘A Broader View of Justice,’ American Journal of Bioethics (Vol. 8, no. 10, 2009, pp. 18-19). 
Co-authored with Heather Certain, “Pharmaceutical ‘Gift-Giving,’ Medical Education, and Conflict of Interest,” in Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences, edited by Frederick Adams (Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center Press, 2006, pp. 319-327). 
“Space for Sentiments in Kant’s Doctrine of Virtue,” The Southern Maine Review (Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 351-364).
“Misconceptions of Choice in Health Care Voucher Schemes,” in Ethical Issues for the 21st Century, edited by Frederick Adams (Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center Press, 2005, pp. 275-282).
“Liberalism, Art, and Funding,” Journal of Aesthetic Education (Vol. 38, no. 3, 2004, pp. 116-122).
“A Lockean Argument Against Gene Patenting,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal (Vol. 20, nos. 3 & 4, Fall-Winter 2001, pp. 129-143).
Critical Notices (Peer Reviewed):
Critical Notice of Serena Olsaretti’s Desert and Justice and Liberty, Desert and the Market in Philosophical Books (Vol. 48, no. 4, October 2007, pp. 345-356).
Longer Review Essays (Peer Reviewed):
Review of Ralf Bader’s Robert Nozick in Reason Papers (Vol. 34, no. 2, 2012, pp. 184-195).
Book Reviews (Peer Reviewed): 


Review of Robert Simon’s The Ethics of Coaching Sports in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 37, no. 2, 2014, pp. 276-280).

Review of Alison Gopnik’s The Philosophical Baby in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 37, no. 1, 2014, pp. 116-120).

Review of Michael Macomber’s The Red Sox and Philosophy in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (Vol. 40, no. 2, 2013, pp. 287-292).

Review of Naomi Zack’s Ethics for Disaster in Journal of Value Inquiry (Vol. 45, no. 2, 2011, pp. 229-232).
Review of Richard Tuck’s Free Riding in Journal of Moral Philosophy (Vol. 7, no. 3, 2010, pp. 417-419).
Review of Eric Bronson’s Philosophy and Baseball: Thinking Outside the Batter’s Box in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 36, no. 1, 2009, pp. 86-89).  
Review of William Morgan’s Ethics in Sports in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (Vol. 35, no. 1, 2008, pp. 100-102).
Review of Thomas Wartenberg’s The Nature of Art: An Anthology in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 31, no. 1, 2008, pp. 101-104).
Review of Steven Cahn’s The Affirmative Action Debate in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 28, no. 3, 2005, pp. 285-287).
Review of Anthony Weston’s 21st Century Ethics Toolkit in Teaching Philosophy (Vol. 28, no. 2, 2005, pp. 185-188). 
Encyclopedia Entries (Peer-Reviewed): 
Entry on “Robert Nozick’s Political Philosophy,” in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.iep.utm.edu/ (2013).
Non-Refereed Publications:
“The Philosophical Foundations for Monitoring and Participation in Habitat Conservation Plans,” The Philosopher’s Notebook (2011): ?.
“On Walzer’s Sphere of Justice,” The Philosopher’s Notebook (2009): 10-20.
“Secession, Political Self-Determination, Group Membership and Citizenship,” The Philosophers’ Notebook (2008): 37-50.
“Against Galston’s Diversity Objection: An Alternative Reading of Mill,” The Philosophers’ Notebook (2007): 117-129.



PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A.: University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A.: Bowdoin College


The unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates