CURRICULUM VITAE

           

 

LESTER H. HUNT

 

 

 

Address:

 

Department of Philosophy                                    

University of Wisconsin-Madison                                

Madison, WI  53706                                                

                                                                                                           

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Office:  (608) 263-5956

Home:    (608) 835-3525

 

Internet:

 

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http://philosophy.wisc.edu/hunt/default.htm

 

 

Educational Record

 

B.A. - (Honors) University of California, Santa Barbara, 1968

M.A. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 1973

Ph.D.- University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books:

 

1.            Nietzsche and the Origin of Virtue, New York and London:  Routledge, 1991.  200 pp. +xxiii. 

2.            Character and Culture.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997.  pp. pp. 302 + xiii.  

 

 

 

 

 

Articles:

 

 1.            "Generosity," American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 12 no. 3, July 1975, pp. 235-244.

 2.            "Character and Thought," American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 15 no. 3, July 1978, pp. 177-186.

 3.            "Punishment, Revenge, and the Minimal Functions of the State," in Understanding Human Emotion, Vol. I of Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy, 1979, pp. 79-88.

 4.            "Courage and Principle," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 10 no. 2, June 1980, pp. 281-293.

 5.        "Some Advantages of Social Control:  An Individualist Defense," Public Choice, vol. 36 no. 2, 1981, (Public Choice is a journal of economics), pp. 3-16.

 6.        "The Scarlet Letter:  Hawthorne's Theory of Moral Sentiments," in Philosophy and Literature, vol. 8 no. 1, April 1984, pp. 75-88.

 7.        "The Politics of Envy," Social Philosophy and Policy Occasional Papers Series, No. 2, 1983, pp. 1-16.

 8.        "On Improving Mankind by Political Means," Reason Papers, no. 10, Spring 1985, pp. 61-75.

 9.            "Politics and Anti-Politics:  Nietzsche's View of the State," History of Philosophy Quarterly, vol. 2 no. 2, October 1985, pp. 453-468.

10.            "Generosity and the Diversity of the Virtues," in The Virtues, ed by Robert             Kruschwitz and Robert Roberts, (Belmont:  Wadsworth, 1987), pp. 216-228. (This article includes revised portions of article #1, above.)

11.       "The Eternal Recurrence and Nietzsche's Conception of Virtue," in                         International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 25 no. 2, pp. 3-11.

12.       "An Argument Against a Legal Duty to Rescue," in the Journal of Social                 Philosophy,  vol. 25 no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 15-37.

13        "Why Democracy is an Enemy of Virtue" International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 30 no. 3,1998, pp. 13-21.

14.            “Flourishing Egoism,” in Social Philosophy and Policy, vol 16 no. 1 (Winter 1999), pp. 72-95. 

15.       "The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms," written with Todd C. Hughes and originally published in Public Affairs Quarterly, vol. 14 no. 1, January 2000, pp. 1-25.

16.            “Epilogue: Is There an Issue Here?”  Contribution to a symposium in Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 20 no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2001), pp. 40-45.

17.            “Philosopher-Novelist or Novelist-Philosopher,” in Is Virtue Only a Means to Happiness?  An Analysis of Virtue and Happiness in Ayn Rand’s Writings, number 4 in the monograph series Objectivist Studies, pp. 53-61.  Published by The Objectivist Center of Poughkeepsie, New York.

18.       “Is Bad Conduct Always Wrong?  The Ethics of Environmental Effects,” is the lead essay in Tibor R. Machan, ed., The Commons -- Its Tragedy and Other Follies (Stanford, California: The Hoover Institution Press, 2001), pp. 1-25.

19.            “Epilogue: What Good are Drugs Anyway?”   Contribution to a symposium in Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 22 no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2003), pp. 40-45.

20.       Billy Budd: Melville’s Dilemma,” Philosophy and Literature, vol. 26 no. 2 (October 2002), pp. 273-295.

21.            “Sentiment and Sympathy,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Volume 62 Number 4 (Fall 2004).

22.       “The Paradox of the Unknown Lover: A Reading of Letter from an Unknown Woman,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Volume 64 Number 1 Winter 2006).  This special issue of JAAC was also published as a paperback book by Blackwell Publishing, 2006.


23.             "Thus Spake Howard Roark: Nietzschean Ideas in the Fountainhead," in Philosophy and Literature, vol. 30 no. 1 (April 2006), pp. 79-101.

24.             "Martha Nussbaum on the Emotions," Ethics, vol. 116 No. 3 (April 2006), pp. 552-577.  A review-essay.

 

Chapter in Book

 


 

1.                  "Motion Pictures as a Philosophical Resource," in Philosophy of Film, ed. by Noel Carroll and Jinhee Choi.  Malden, Massachusetts:  Blackwell Publishing, 2006), pp. 397-405. 

 

Reviews:

 

1.            Nietzsche:  Imagery and Thought, edited by Malcolm Pasley, in Philosophy and Literature, vol. 3 no. 1, Spring 1979, pp. 126-127.

2.            Personal Destinies, by David L. Norton, in Metaphilosophy, vol. 11 nos. 3 & 4, July/October 1980, pp. 285-287.

3.            Courage, by Douglas Walton, in Ethics, vol. 9 no. 1, October 1987, pp. 172-173.

4.            Quandaries and Virtues, by Edmund L. Pincoffs, in The Philosophical Review, vol. 98 no. 2. April 1989, pp. 249-51.

5.            Human Goodness:  Generosity and Courage, by Elizabeth Pybus, in Ethics, vol. 103 no 3, April 1993, p. 607.

6.            Michael Tanner,  Nietzsche, Oxford University Press.  Ethics, vol 4 no. 4, July 1997, pp 772-737.           


 

7.                  Lawrence Lampert, Leo Strauss and Nietzsche, in Ethics, vol. 108 no. 2, January 1998, pp. 451-52.

8.         Roger Crisp, editor, How Should One Live?  Essays on the Virtues, in Ethics, April 1999.

9.            Frederick Appel, Nietzsche contra Democracy, inEthics.  Vol. 111 No. 1, October 2000, pp. 156-57. 

10.       Tara Smith, Viable Values: A Study of the Root and Reward of Morality, in Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 2 no. 1, Fall 2000, pp. 105-15.  Title of review: “Flourishing Objectivism.”


 

11.             Alan Gewirth, Self-Fulfillment., in Philosophical Review vol. 109 no. 4 (October 2000), pp. 589-592.

12.       “What Art Does,” the lead article in a symposium on on What Art Is by Louis Torres and Michelle Kamhi.  In The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 2 no. 2 (Spring 2001), pp. 253-263.

13.             Uneasy Virtue, by Julia Driver.  Ethics, vol. 114 no. 1 (Oct. 2003), pp. 167-170.

 

Discussion Notes:

 

1.            "Comments on `Nietzsche's Oblique Promotion of Virtue,' by Daniel Conway," in International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 22 no. 2, pp. 31-34.

2.            "Comments on Robert Welshon's `Nietzsche's Peculiar Virtues and the Health of the Soul," International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 24 no. 2, pp. 91-93


 

3.                  “Philosopher-Novelist or Novelist-Philosopher,” a comment on Neera Badhwar’s “Is Virtue Only a Means to Happiness?” In Is Virtue Only a Means to Happiness?  An Analysis of Virtue and Happiness in Ayn Rand’s Writings, number 4 in the monograph series Objectivist Studies, pp. 53-61.

 

Encyclopedia Articles:

 

1.            "Generosity," a 1,000 word article, plus annotated bibliography, for the Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Lawrence Becker (Garland Publishing: 1990).  Also in the second edition of this encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2001). 

2.            "Envy," a 1,000 word article, plus annotated bibliography, for the Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Lawrence Becker (Garland Publishing:  1990).  Also in second edition (New York: Routledge, 2001). 

3.            "Ethics," for Worldbook Encyclopedia (1993).  Length:  2,250 words. 

4.            "Envy," in the Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics, edited by Patricia Werhane and Edward Freeman (Blackwell: 1997).  Length: 1,000 words.

 

Articles Reprinted:

 

1.         "Some Advantages of Social Control:  An Individualist Defense," in The Libertarian Reader, edited by Tibor R. Machan, (New York:  Rowman and Littlefield, 1981).  (Article #5, above.)

2.            "Improving Human Beings by Political Means," in The Main Debate:  Capitalism vs. Communism, ed. by Tibor R. Machan, (New York:  Random House, 1986).  (Article #8, above.)

3.            "Improving Human Beings by Political Means," in Ethics in Practice, ed. By Hugh LaFollette (Oxford: Blackwell’s, 2003).

4.                  "The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms," in Ethics in Practice, ed. By Hugh LaFollette (Oxford: Blackwell’s, 2003).

 

FORTHCOMING

 

Edited Books

 

Grade Inflation and Academic Standards, a book of essays, forthcoming from State University of New York Press.

 

Philosophy in the Twilight Zone, a book of essays co-edited with Noël Carroll, forthcoming from Blackwell Publishing.

 

Chapters in Books

 

1.                  “Why the State Needs a Justification,” Anarchism/Minarchism edited by Roderick Long and Tibor Machan, Ashgate 2008.

2.                  “Grading Teachers,” in Grade Inflation and Academic Standards (see “edited books,” above).

3.                  “Rod Serling, Creator of the Twilight Zone,” in Philosophy in the Twilight Zone (see “edited books,” above).

 

Encyclopedia Article

 

 

1.         José Ortega y Gasset,” article in the Cato Institutute’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, ed. by Ronald Hamowy.  Article co-authored with Darío Fernandez

Morera.

 

Papers Presented Away from the University of Wisconsin (Unpublished Papers Only):

 

1.            "Comments on 'The Rational Basis of Social Planning in Aristotle'," by Fred Miller, delivered at the conference on Reason, Values and Political Principle, at Pomona College 1977.

2.            "Comments on 'Socrates' Use of Leibniz' Law', by Michael Rohr," delivered at the fall 1978 meeting of the New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association.

3.            Remarks on Annette Baier's 'Hume on Nature, Culture, and Character'," delivered at the April 1981 meeting of the Washington Philosophy Club.

4.         "Adam Smith's Account of the Cardinal Virtues," presented at the conference on the Theory of the Moral Sentiments, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, September 1982.

5.            "Friendly Relations and the Basis of Character," delivered at the Eastern Division Meetings of the A.P.A., December 1987.

6.            "Comments on 'Nietzsche's Oblique Promotion of Virtue,' by Daniel Conway," delivered at the Eastern Division Meetings of the A.P.A., December 1987.

7.         "The Ethics of Environmental Effects," delivered at the conference on Ethics, Politics, and Human Nature, Bowling Green State University, October, 1989.

8.         "Gifts," presented at a Bowling Green State University Philosophy Department Colloquium, January 1990.

9.         "The Social Foundations of Character," Bowling Green State University, May 1990.

10.            "Character and the Survival of Liberalism," at the conference on Individualism and Civilization, sponsored by the Institute for Objectivist Studies, Madison Wisconsin, July 1995.

11.       “Why Democracy is an Enemy of Virtue,” at the Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Seattle Washington, April 4, 1996.

12.            "Egoism and Virtue," at the Easter Division Meetings of the American                  Philosophical Association, Atlanta Georgia, December 29.  Tara Smith commenting.

13.            “Flourishing Egoism,” at the Social Philosophy and Policy conference on human flourishing, La Jolla California, September 12 and 13, 1997.

14.            “Comments on ‘A Contextual Theory of Character Traits’ by Cynthia Upton,” Central Division meetings (Minneapolis) of the American Philosophical Association, May 3-5, 2001.

15.            “Literature as Argument: A Simple Case,” at the American Society for Aesthetics annual meetings, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 24-27, 2001.

16.            "Analogical Reasoning in the Law," University of Texas - Austin departmental colloquium.  April 30, 2004.

17,            Contribution to an “Author Meets Critics” panel on Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006), American Philosophical Association Meetings, Washington D. C., Dec. 29, 2006.

 

 

Sessions Chaired:

 

"Kant, Supererogation, and Sublimity," paper by Richard McCarty,

J. Michael Young commenting, at the Central Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, May 1987.

 

"Justice and Friendship," paper by Annette Baier, at the

Conference on the Personal Turn in Ethics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, May 1987.

 

Session of the Conference on Character and Morality, Radcliffe

College, April 1988 (Conference organizers:  Amelie O. Rorty and Owen Flannagan).

 

"Recasting Business Ethics," by Stephen R. C. Hicks, Jan Narveson commenting, at annual meeting of the Ayn Rand Society at the Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, December 1995.

 

“What’s Wrong with Rights?: A Response to Some Feminist Criticisms,” by Samantha Brennan, Tara Smith commenting.  The Central Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, April 26, 1997.

 

“Gun Control: Pro and Con,” a panel of four papers at the Eastern APA, December, 2001.  Speakers: Hugh LaFollette, Lance Stell, Samuel Wheeler, Cynthia Stark.

 

“Drug Legalization: Pro and Con,” a panel of four papers at the Eastern APA, December 29, 2002.  Speakers: Douglas Husak, George Sher, Peter de Marneffe, Dan Shapiro.

 

Conferences Directed:

 

Discussion leader for “Liberty and Responsibility in the Works of Henry David Thoreau,” a Liberty Fund Colloquium held at Concord, Massachusetts, June 22-25, 2000. 

 

Director and discussion leader for a “Liberty and Responsibility in Billy Budd,” a Liberty Fund Colloquium held at Newport, Rhode Island, May 8-11, 2001.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Grant from the Fund for the Improvement for Post-Secondary

Education (Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) for research into the teaching of logic and philosophical method, Spring 1978.

Fellow of the Center for Study of Public Choice, Virginia

Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, Summer 1979.

Fellow of The Reason Foundation Summer Research Seminars, Santa

Barbara, CA, Summer 1980.

Fellow of the Center for Study of Public Choice, Virginia

Polytechnic Institute and State University, Summer 1981.

Fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies Summer Research

Seminar, Menlo Park, CA, Summer 1982.

Graduate School Summer Research Appointment, University of

Minnesota, Summer 1983.

Research Fellow of the Earhart Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI, Summer

1984.

Research Fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies, Menlo Park,

CA, Summer 1985.

Graduate School Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin,

Summer 1986.

Graduate School Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin,

Summer 1988.

Fellow of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green

State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, August 1989 to June 1990.

Graduate School Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin,

for Summer 1992.

University of Wisconsin Faculty Development Grant, for the Fall

Semester of 1993-94.

University of Wisconsin Sabbatical Leave, Spring 1999.

Vilas Fellowship, Summer 2000 and Summer 2001.

 

 

COURSES, SEMINARS AND TUTORIALS TAUGHT

 

Courses and Seminars

 

Courses:

 

Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics (including courses on Ethical Theory, History of Ethics, Metaethics, Contemporary Moral Issues, and Business Ethics), Political Philosophy, Nietzsche, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Philosophy and Literature, Existentialism, Elementary Logic, History of Ideas:  The Renaissance, Philosophy of the Mind: The Emotions, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Economics, Liberalism and Its Critics, Philosophy and Film.

 

Seminars:

 

Morals by Agreement; Nietzsche; Aristotle's Ethics; Virtue, Vice, and Character; Liberalism and Its Critics; Rights Moral and Legal;  Virtue and Self-Interest, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy and Film.

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

Visiting Scholar:  Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University,

Bowling Green, OH  1989-90.

Associate Professor:  University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1988-  .

Assistant Professor:  University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984-88.

Assistant Professor:  University of Minnesota, Morris, 1981-84.

A.W. Mellon Scholar:  The Johns Hopkins University, 1979-81.

Assistant Professor:  Trenton State College, 1978-79.

Visiting Assistant Professor:  University of Pittsburgh, Spring 1978.

Visiting Assistant Professor:  Carnegie-Mellon University, 1977-78.

Visiting Assistant Professor:  Le Moyne College, Spring 1977.

 

 

SERVICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

 

Non Departmental Committees:

 

Search Committee for the Chair in Business Ethics, University of Wisconsin School of

Business (1992).

Western European Area Studies Steering Committee (1985-89).

Faculty Senate (1986-89, 1992-3, 1995-).

Equity and Diversity Resources Advisory Committee (1998- , Chair 1999-).

Committee on Committees (2000- ).

Co-Chair, Campus Climate Initiative Committee (2001).

Various search committees. 

Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (2005- ).

 

Departmental Committees:

 

Graduate Admissions Committee (2003-7 ).

David Weberman Mentor and Tenure Review Committees (1992-8).


Grievance Committee (1992-3).

Colloquium Committee (1992-3).

Steven Nadler Tenure Review Committee (1991-92).

Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for Continuing Students (1990-91), Chair.

Review Committee for LaVerne Shelton (1990-91).

Faculty Advising Service, U.W. Madison (1988-89).

Lectures and Colloquia Committee, U.W. Madison (1987-89).

Faculty and Graduate Student Conference Committee (1986).

T.A. Evaluation Committee, U.W. Madison Philosophy Department (1985-87).

Foreign Language Committee, U.W. Madison Philosophy Department (1985-).

Fellowships Committee, U.W. Madison Philosophy Department (1985-86).

 

OTHER SERVICE:

 

Member, APA Committee on Law and Philosophy (2000-2004).