Expertise: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. Dr. Spurgin is Director of the Core Curriculum.

Teaching Experience
History of Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Business Ethics
Ethical Theory
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Honors Colloquium: Environmental Ethics and the Economy
First-Year Seminar (various themes)


Historical Dictionary of Ethics.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.  (coauthored with Harry J. Gensler)

Ethics:  Contemporary Readings.  London: Routledge, 2004.  (coedited with Harry J. Gensler and James C. Swindal)

Refereed Journal Articles:
“Hey, How did I become a Role Model? Privacy and the Extent of Role-Model Obligations.”  Journal of Applied Philosophy 29, no. 2 (May 2012): 118-132.

“Can Businesses be too Good? Applying Susan Wolf’s ‘Moral Saints’ to Businesses.”  Business and Society Review 116, no. 3 (Autumn 2011): 355-373.

“Using the Internet Platform ‘Second Life’ to Teach Social Justice.”  Teaching Philosophy 34, no. 1 (March 2011): 17-32.  (coauthored with Sharon Kaye)

“Moral Judgments, Fantasies, and Virtual Worlds.”  International Journal of Applied Philosophy 23, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 271-284.

“Free Speech in the Workplace.”  Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 9, no. 1 (June 2007): 101-113.  (coauthored with Rob Macklin)

“What Was Wrong with Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘Magalog’?”  Business and Society Review 111, no. 4 (Winter 2006): 387-408.

“The End of Romance and the Value of Privacy.”  Public Affairs Quarterly 20, no. 3 (July 2006): 247-265.

“Occupational Safety and Paternalism:  Machan Revisited.”  Journal of Business Ethics 63, no. 2 (January 2006): 155-173.

“Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places.”  Business Ethics Quarterly 14, no. 2 (April 2004): 293-313.

“The Goals and Merits of a Business Ethics Competency Exam.”  Journal of Business Ethics 50, no. 3 (March 2004): 279-288.

“What’s Wrong with Computer-Generated Images of Perfection in Advertising?”  Journal of Business Ethics 45, no. 3 (July 2003): 257-268.

“The Problem with ‘Dead Peasants’ Insurance.”  Business & Professional Ethics Journal 22, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 19-36.

“Do Shareholders Have Obligations to Stakeholders?”  Journal of Business Ethics 33, no. 4 (October 2001): 287-297.

“What’s So Special About a Special Ethics for Business?”  Journal of Business Ethics 24, no. 4 (April 2000): 273-281.

“Hume, Broken Promises, and the Reactions of Promisees.”  Southwest Philosophy Review 12, no. 1 (January 1996): 21-31.

Selections in Books:
“The Problem with ‘Dead Peasants’ Insurance.”  In Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, ed. Joseph R. DesJardins and John J. McCall, 5th ed., 213-221.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2005.

“The History of Ethics.”  In Ethics:  Contemporary Readings, ed. Harry J. Gensler, Earl W. Spurgin, and James C. Swindal, 25-40.  London: Routledge, 2004.  (coauthored with James C. Swindal)

Review Articles:
“Unfettered or Tempered Capitalism?  How Best to Promote Virtuous Characters,” Business Ethics Quarterly 17, no. 3 (July 2007): 573-584.  (review of Deirdre N. McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce)

“Review of Alfonso Gómez-Lobo’s Morality and the Human Goods:  An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics.”  Vera Lex 3, no. 1-2 (December 2002): 146-155.

Popular Articles:
“The Enron/Andersen Debacle:  Perspectives from the University,” John Carroll University Magazine 6, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 22-23.  (coauthored with Jerry Weinstein, Roland Madison, and Melinda Lasko)