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David Sobel

David Sobel

David Sobel

Irwin and Marjorie Guttag Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy


534 Hall of Languages


  • Ph.D., The University of Michigan

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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.

His main teaching interests are in ethics and political philosophy. In recent years he has increasingly focused his undergraduate classes on issues concerning economic inequality, mass incarceration, and gun control. His graduate teaching tends to address questions of what makes things valuable or good for a person and, especially, the role of the agent’s attitudes and concerns in determining what is valuable or good for her.

Let me read you some of my recent work
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