John BaslOffice: 383 Holmes Hall
While John's primary research interests are very broad and include issues in ethics, applied ethics, philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and epistemology, he is most intensely focused on issues of moral status. Who or what matters from the moral point of view? Why? How are we to properly account for all the things that have moral status. In particular, John is interested in how altering individual's cognitive capacities, for example by testing cognitive enhancement technologies on non-human animals, might alter our obligations towards that individual and what kinds of moral problems are raised by the creation of artificial intelligence or consciousness.
John's teaching interests are even more diverse than his research interests. He primarily teaches courses on issues in biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and the ethics of technology. However, he has also taught and is interested in courses in traditional analytic areas such as metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science and biology.