James D. Wallace

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James Donald Wallace is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign[1] and the author of several books on the subject of morality and ethics that draw on the American philosophical tradition of Pragmatism, in particular the ethical theory of John Dewey.[2] His works include Norms and Practices (2008),[3] Ethical Norms, Particular Cases (1996),[4] Moral Relevance and Moral Conflict (1988),[5] and Virtues and Vices (1978),[6] as well as numerous articles.[7] His teaching has covered a variety of subjects including: "value theory, practical reasoning, social and political philosophy, bioethics, ancient Greek philosophy, and philosophy of art."[1]

Wallace is the father of the late American novelist David Foster Wallace. He is an atheist.[8]


Wallace graduated with a BA from Amherst College in 1959 and a PhD from Cornell University in 1963.[9]


  1. ^ a b Faculty Home Page: http://www.philosophy.illinois.edu/people/jwallace
  2. ^ According to Jennifer Welchman, of University of Alberta. See: http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=5275
  3. ^ Wallace, James D. (2009-01-01). Norms and Practices. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801447198. 
  4. ^ Wallace, James D. (1996-01-01). Ethical Norms, Particular Cases. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801432138. 
  5. ^ Wallace, James D. (1988-01-01). Moral Relevance and Moral Conflict. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801420962. 
  6. ^ Wallace, James D. (1978-01-01). Virtues and vices. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801411427. 
  7. ^ List of His Published Papers on PhilPapers.org: http://philpapers.org/s/James%20D.%20Wallace
  8. ^ Patrick Arden. "David Foster Wallace warms up". patrickarden.com. 
  9. ^ See his online CV: http://www.phil.uiuc.edu/faculty/list/Wallace/cv.htm

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