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Department of Philosophy

James Mahon

James Mahon (B.A., Trinity College, Dublin; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Lehman College. His fields of interest are moral philosophy, the history of moral philosophy, and early modern philosophy. Prior to coming to Lehman College, he was Head of the Department of Philosophy at Washington & Lee University. He has been a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School, and a Lecturer in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University.

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Recent Publications

  • "Contemporary Approaches to Lying," in The Oxford Handbook of Lying, ed. Jorg Meibauer (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • "Secrets vs. Lies: Is There A Moral Asymmetry?", in Lying: Language, Knowledge, and Ethics, eds. Andreas Stokke and Eliot Michaelson (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • "Abortion and the Right to not be Pregnant," in Philosophy and Political Engagement, eds. Allyn Fives and Keith Breen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • Review of Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, by Terence Cuneo, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2016)
  • "The Definition of Lying and Deception," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2015)
  • "Kant, Morality, and Hell," in The Concept of Hell, eds. Robert Arp and Ben McGraw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)