Scholarly Articles


G. John M. Abbarno is Professor of Philosophy at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. He has published numerous articles on value theory, applied ethics in business, medicine and education. Among his book publications is an edited work, The ethics of Homelessness. He holds visiting professorships at several universities in China where he lectured extensively on the above mentioned philosophical areas. In 2013 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advanced Human Studies at Hubei University, Wuhan, China where he also serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Axiology and Ethics. In addition, Abbarno is former president of the American Society for Value Inquiry and the International Society for Value Inquiry. He serves as the current president of the Conference on Philosophical Societies and is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Night People, a soup kitchen in Buffalo, New York.

Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a founder and President of Decision Research. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1959) and an M.A (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Michigan. His most recent research examines “psychic numbing” and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies. His recent books include The Perception of Risk (Earthscan; 2000), The Social Amplification of Risk  (Cambridge University Press; 2003),The Construction of Preference (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and The Feeling of Risk (Earthscan,2010).

Andrew F. Smith is assistant professor of philosophy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is currently at work on his second book, on Daniel Quinn’s philosophy. Quinn is a novelist, cultural critic, and theorist of ecological and social sustainability. Smith’s first book is The Deliberative Impulse (Lexington Books, 2011). Smith is also writing articles on the merits of the capabilities approach as a conceptual framework for eradicating food deserts, how recent developments in plant neurobiology affect the defense of vegetarianism, and what facing up to ecological catastrophe should entail. Recent publications have appeared in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, the Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and the International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion.

Jim Tuedio is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus ( He concentrates on Continental philosophies from Nietzsche to Deleuze, with numerous publications on phenomenological and existential philosophies, philosophical practice, concepts of home, and Continental/postmodern thought as a conceptual vehicle for analyzing the impact of Grateful Dead music: He is co-editor of Perspectices on Mind (D. Reidel 1988) and The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation (McFarland 2010).  He is a past  President of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling and Psychotherapy and has contributed papers to several international conferences, books and journals on philosophical counseling.  He continues to teach Concepts of Home, a philosophy course implemented in 1999 for prospective elementary school teachers.

Naomi Zack is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University. Zack has taught at the University at Albany, SUNY, and has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon since 2001.  Her latest book is The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011). Zack’s recent books are Ethics for Disaster (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009 and 2010), Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality and The Handy Answer Philosophy Book (Visible Ink Press, 2010). Zack’s earlier books include: Race and Mixed Race (Temple, 1993); Bachelors of Science (Temple, 1996); Philosophy of Science and Race (Routledge, 2002); Inclusive Feminism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and the short textbook, Thinking About Race (Thomson Wadsworth, 2nd edition 2006).   Zack has also published a number of articles and book chapters and spoken widely about race and feminism. Her work on disaster ethics has been received internationally, including at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2011 and the United Nations University in Tokyo in 2012. She was invited to present the keynote address at a conference on Disaster Justice at the Faculty of Law and COST, University of Copenhagen, in February 2014. Zack’s book in progress is A Theory of Applicative Justice (which will have a chapter on contemporary homelessness).