Jorge L. A. Garcia
Before coming to Boston College in 2000 as a tenured professor, Professor Garcia taught at Rutgers University (New Brunswick), Georgetown University, and at the University of Notre Dame.
Fields of Interest
- His research has focused on normative moral theory, including the concepts of goodness, desert, and virtue, and on articulating and defending a "virtues-based, role-centered, and patient-focused" moral theory, while critiquing consequentialist and other alternatives.
- In the last decade, he has written an influential series of articles philosophically developing what he calls a "volitional" conception of racism, and he is currently arguing for a deflationary approach to race and ethnicity, and for narrow limits to what can be socially constructed.
- He's addressed such bioethical issues as euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, artificial nutrition and hydration, and ethnic perspectives on medical ethics.
- Normative Theories
- Virtue & Action
- Normative Conflict
- Values & the Good
- 20th Century European Moral Philosophy
- Language & Ontology of Morals
- Recent Metaethics
- Recent Neo-Kantian Moral Theory
- Introduction to Black Philosophy
- Philosophy & Race
Other Professional Activities
- Du Bois Institute, Harvard University: Non-resident Fellow (2003-2005, 2006-continuing)
- American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, Executive Committee: Member, 2005-2008
- Health versus Harm: Euthanasia and Physicians' Duties," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- "Being Unimpressed with Ourselves: Reconceiving Humility," Philosophia, forthcoming.
- "Racial and Ethnic Identity?" in Race or Ethnicity? On Black and Latino Identity, edited by J. J. E. Gracia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), forthcoming.
- "Revisiting African-American Perspectives and Medical Ethics," in African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity, edited by Lawrence Prograis & Edmund Pellegrino (Washington: Georgetown University Press), 2007.
- "Practical Reason and Its Virtues," in Intellectual Virtue, edited by Michael DePaul and Linda Zagzebski (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 81-107.