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Environmental Science and Studies

Matthew McCabe

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Department
  • PhD, Philosophy. University of Maryland, College Park. Dissertation Title: Ethical Caring and the Physician-Patient Relationship: A Dual Defense of a Virtue Ethics of Care.
  • MA, Philosophy. California State University, Long Beach. Thesis Title: Chaos, Complexity and the Free Will-Determinism Debate.
  • BA, History and Philosophy. University of California, Santa Barbara.

Research And Teaching Interests

BioMedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Professional Ethics, Global Ethics, Ethical Theory, Virtue Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Social-Political Philosophy, and Metaethics.

Common Course Offerings

Ethical Theory (PHL225), Global Ethics (PHL 294), Environmental Ethics (PHL303), Medical Ethics (PHL325), Philosophy of Law (PHL 335), Introduction to Philosophy (PHL100).

Not So Common Course Offerings

Seminar in Ethics (PHL 425), Foundations of Morality (PHL235), Business Ethics (PHL300), Special Topics: Ethical Issues in Engineering and Information Technology (PHL394), Special Topics: Professional Ethics (PHL394), Special Topics: Philosophy of Humor (PHL394), Special Topics: Metaethics (PHL494), and Special Topics: The Good Life (PHL494).

Publications And Conference Presentations

“The Physician-Patient Relationship: An Aretaic Formulation”

  • Published in: An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, vol. II, P. Hanna, ed. Athens, Greece: ATINER, 2008. 271-280.
  • Presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 2nd International Conference on Philosophy, Athens, Greece, June 07.

“In Defense of Ethically Caring Physicians”

  • Published in: Communication and Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Healthcare, Ethics and Society. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2008. 15-24.
  • Presented at the 4th Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics, Cardiff University, UK, 6/06
  • Presented at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Twelfth Annual Meeting, North Carolina, 2/03.
  • Presented at the Western Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, 4/03.

“Admirable Dishonesty in Medical Practice?”

  • Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, 2/07.

“Ethical Caring, Medical Paternalism, and Respect for Autonomy”

  • Presented at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Thirteenth Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, 2/04.
  • Presented at the Western Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, 4/04.

Book Review of Physician Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue.

  • The Social Science Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall 2004.

“The Identity of the Second Law of Thermodynamics” (Co-author: Dr. Paul Tang)

  • Presented at the 10th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Florence, Italy, 8/95.

Works In Progress

“Admirable Dishonesty in Medical Practice?”
“The Admirable Patient”
“The Moral Education Theory of Punishment Revisited”
“Return to Nowheresville: A World Without Rights Reconsidered”

Biographical Notes

Professor McCabe began teaching at Washington College in the Fall of 2005. He began teaching Philosophy and Ethics in higher education in the Spring of 1996 and has worked at eight colleges and universities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania including, the University of Maryland’s College Park and Baltimore County campuses. Over the years he has offered a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in theoretical and applied Ethics.

His research is focused on the continued progress and defense of the Ethics of Care understood as a formulation of agent-based Virtue Ethics. Introduced and developed by his mentor at the University of Maryland, Michael Slote, McCabe defended the theory in his dissertation thesis by demonstrating the theory’s ability to be effectively applied and lend substantive insight into issues surrounding the physician-patient relationship. He is currently expanding beyond the field of medicine to explore the insights the Virtue Ethic of Care can offer on the subject of punitive justice. He is also developing a theoretical defense of the theory by confronting specific criticism presented by advocates of rights-based ethical theory.

Professor McCabe also serves as a facilitator in the Maryland Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program at the Baltimore Veteran’s Administration Hospital.