Dale Murray

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Dale Murray

Associate Professor

1006 Connie Rd.
University of Wisconsin - Baraboo/Sauk County
Baraboo, WI 53913

(608) 355-5228


Office Hours / Schedule 

Office: A 223

Fall 2016

Office Hours: T 12:15-1:15; TH 10:00-11:00 (or by appointment if you can't attend the scheduled office hours)


Dr. Murray has research and teaching interests in the history of ethics, social and political philosophy, medical ethics, environmental ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of sports.


Book (Peer Reviewed):

The Global and the Local: An Environmental Ethics Casebook (Manuscript in Progress, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers, forthcoming 2017).

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):

“An Expanded Understanding of Individual Medical Benefit?” Open Peer Commentary on Hubner and White’s “Neurosurgery for Psychopaths?” American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience (Vol. 7, no. 3, 2016, 160-161).

“Deep Brain Stimulation, Autonomy, and Harm,” Open Peer Commentary on Gilbert’s “A Threat to Autonomy?” American Journal of Bioethics –
Neuroscience (Vol. 6, no. 4, 2015, 36-38).

“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, pp. 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 Philosophyhttp://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." - Plato