Peter B Rose-Barry

Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics
Department of Philosophy
Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Academic and Student Affairs

SVSU Main Campus
Brown Hall 316


Peter Brian Barry is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Barry came to SVSU in 2005 after completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Florida, having previously earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master's Degree in Applied Philosophy a Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Evil and Moral Psychology (Routledge, 2012) and The Fiction of Evil (Routledge 2016) as well as multiple peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the most recent of the Ruth and Ted Braun Fellowship (2014-17) at SVSU that is currently supporting his research. Dr. Barry is a resident of the City of Saginaw and an outspoken advocate for social justice issues. He is volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Saginaw County and he is active in the local arts community serving as Volunteer Coordinator for Saginaw's Lawn Chair Film Festival and serves on the Executive Board of the Court Street Theatre Association. He is also the Faculty Adviser for Cardinal Sins, SVSU's award-winning art and literary magazine.


Doctor of Philosophy
Univ Florida

Teaching Interests

Ethics Applied Ethics Moral Psychology Social and Political Philosophy Legal Philosophy


Books: Evil and Moral Psychology—Routledge (2013; reprinted in paperback 2015) The Fiction of Evil—Routledge (2016, forthcoming) Published Papers: “Moral Monsters, Moral Saints, and the Mirror Thesis,” American Philosophical Quarterly 46:2 (April 2009), pp. 163-76. “Extremity of Vice and the Character of Evil,” The Journal of Philosophical Research 35 (2010), pp. 25-32. “In Defense of the Mirror Thesis,” Philosophical Studies 155:2 (2011), pp. 199-205. “Saving Strawson,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14:1 (2011), pp. 5-21. “Same-Sex Marriage and the Charge of Illiberality,” Social Theory and Practice, 37:2 (2011), pp. 333-57. “The Ethics of Voluntary Amputation,” Public Affairs Quarterly 26:1 (2012), pp. 1-18. “Wickedness Redux,” Philo 14:2 (2011), pp. 137-60. “Fantasy, Conceivability, and Ticking Bombs,” Public Affairs Quarterly 27:2 (2013), pp. 87-110. “Capital Punishment as a Response to Evil,” Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013). “The Liberal Case Against Same-Sex Marriage Prohibitions,” Journal of Politics and Law 6:4 (2013), pp. 129-40. “The Kantian Case Against Torture,” Philosophy (2015, forthcoming) Personal Website: Research Archive:

Honors and Awards

2014 - Ruth and Ted Braun Fellowship
2013 - Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarship 2013, Saginaw Valley State University
2010 - $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities NEH): Enduring Questions Grant Program


American Philosophical Association

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