Kenneth Shields

I am an instructor in Philosophy at the University of Missouri. I received my Ph.D in philosophy in 2016 at the University of Missouri. I am teaching a medical ethics course, and assisting teaching a critical thinking course, here at Mizzou. I’m also teaching a hybrid ethics course at Moberly Area Community College.

My research interests are in Metaethics (sometimes called Metanormativity), Moral Psychology, Experimental Philosophy and Philosophy of Disability (specifically autism and neurodiversity). I have a variety of secondary interests, including Philosophy of Psychology, Applied Ethics,Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Human Nature, and Metaphysics.

I am a researcher and teacher in the field of philosophy, but I also have arranged and organized events in my discipline (e.g., visiting speakers, philosophy conferences and workshops, departmental events). My teaching experience is primarily in ethics and logic. My research focuses on foundational questions concerning ethical thought and practice. I take my work to be part of an extended dialogue and investigation into morality and human nature, going back to Plato’s Republic.

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