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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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