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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Jorge L. A. Garcia

philosophy department

Jorge L. A. Garcia


Ph.D. Yale University
B.A. Fordham University

Stokes 229N
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3853
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

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.

Current Courses

  • Normative Theories
  • Virtue & Action
  • Normative Conflict
  • Values & the Good
  • 20th Century European Moral Philosophy
  • Utilitarianism
  • 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

Recent Publications

  • 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.


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