Daniel Farnham

My interests lie in the areas of moral philosophy and its history, the philosophy of mind, and political philosophy. I am developing a broadly Stoic theory of morality and the good life, on which moral virtue is the foundation of living well. The core of this account is a conception of human agency as essentially aimed at the intersubjective good of recognition or acknowledgment of others. Recently I have begun to work on the implications of the view for political and legal institutions.

 I view teaching as a way to share my interests, explore their connections to other issues in philosophy, and find out what other people have to say about them. I love to discuss movies and novels in my courses, as I think a person's character is best understood in an accurate narrative of his or her life.  Plus, it's fun.

I am lucky enough to share a home with a wonderful woman roughly my age, two great kids who are not yet teens, the best dog in the world, and a cat who is so-so.  I love biking, hiking, and doing long backpacking trips.  I have lived in an alarming number of places over the years.

Research & Teaching Interests: Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Legal and Political Philosophy

Fall 2012 Schedule:
FYS 100-41A 
Days: 2/4/6
Time: 1:00-2:10 p.m.
Location: Quad 341
CRN #: 11796

ETH 390-13A  Happiness & Morality (ES)
Days: Monday
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Quad 339
CRN #: 13657

ETH 390-14A Happiness & Morality (ES)
Days:  Wednesday
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Quad 353
CRN #: 13658

Spring 2013 Schedule:
FYS 101-42A
Days: 2/4/6
Time: 1:00-2:10 p.m.
Location: Quad 341
CRN #: 11796

ETHS 390-09A Ethics Common Seminar: Business Ethics (ES)
Days: 2/4/6
Time: 2:40-3:50 p.m.
Location: Quad 347
CRN #: 15590

ETHS 390-11A Ethics Common Seminar: Business Ethics (ES)
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Quad 349
CRN #: 15591