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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

David Sobel

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Irwin and Marjorie Guttag Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy


Political Philosophy

308 Hall of Languages

Research and Teaching Interests

David Sobel works primarily in ethics. Much of his research has focused on understanding what makes something valuable. Recently he has also explored how demanding our moral obligations can be, problems for some libertarian conceptions of our natural rights, as well as the best understanding of what makes something good for us.


Ph.D., The University of Michigan


Discussing Philosophical Ethics Without Shouting

(Dec. 6, 2016)

David Sobel co-edits online blog PEA Soup

A&S Graduate Students Bring Philosophy to Syracuse Charter School

(Dec. 15, 2015)

Eighth-graders tackle life’s persistent questions: Is it ever OK to lie? Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Syracuse Hosts International Philosophy Conference Sept. 18-20

(Aug. 31, 2015)

Philosophers, scholars, and researchers converge on campus for Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy