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Starkey, Charles

Starkey, Charles

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Fellow of the Rutland Institute for Ethics

Office: 126D Hardin
Phone: 864-656-5365
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Starkey joined the Department in 2003. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Iowa State University. His primary research interests are in emotion theory and moral psychology, and his current research examines the nature of moral experience and its relation to perception and cognition. Such research includes the relevance of emotion to moral agency and moral character. In addressing these issues, he draws on traditional ethical theory, the philosophy of mind, and empirical psychological research. Other active research interests include the psychology of courage and environmental ethics. Some recent publications include "Is Courage an Accolade or a Process? A Fundamental Question for Courage Research" (with Cynthia Pury) in The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (2010), "Classifying Emotions: Prospects for a Psychoevolutionary Approach" Philosophical Psychology 21 (December 2008), "Emotion and Full Understanding" Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (August 2008), "Manipulating Emotion: The Best Evidence for Noncognitivism in the Light of Proper Function" Analysis 67 (July 2007), "The Land Ethic, Moral Development, and Ecological Rationality" Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (April 2007), "On the Scope of Moral Perception" Social Theory and Practice 32 (January 2006). In the 2012-2013 academic year Starkey focused on a book manuscript on emotion, character and value, a project made possible by a research grant by the John Templeton Foundation and The Character Project at Wake Forest University. Starkey has also been the coach of the national champion Clemson University Ethics Bowl public policy debate team.