Jean Kazez

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Office Location

Hyer Hall 210E



Ph.D., University of Arizona

curriculum vitae


I am interested in issues at the theoretical end of applied ethics. For example, the nature of the good life, the moral status of animals, and various puzzles about having and raising children. In addition to teaching at SMU, I am the reviews editor and write a column for The Philosophers' Magazine.

Publications (Selected)

The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions about Having and Raising Children, Oxford University Press, July 2017.

“The Taste Issue in Animal Ethics,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, forthcoming

"We Should Prohibit the Use of Chimpanzees and Other Great Apes in Biomedical Research," in Contemporary Debates in Bioethics, ed. Arthur L. Caplan and Robert Arp (Wiley-Blackwell 2013).

Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.

"Imagine That," a regular arts column in The Philosopher's Magazine.

"How Good Do We Have to Be?," Philosophy Now, November/December 2006.

"Can Counterfactuals Save Mental Causation?," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (1995): 71-90.

"Computationalism and the Causal Role of Content," Philosophical Studies 75 (1994): 231-60

Courses Taught

PHIL 3379: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 3377: Animal Rights
PHIL 3375: Topics in Moral Philosophy: The Meaning of Life
PHIL 3375: Topics in Moral Philosophy: Procreation and Parenthood
PHIL 1318: Contemporary Moral Problems

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Jean Kazez Portrait