Faculty & Staff

Troy Jollimore, Professor
(Ph.D. Princeton University)

Troy Jollimore studied in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1999. His dissertation, on the relation between normative theories of ethics and the requirements of friendship, was advised by Harry Frankfurt and Sarah Buss and was selected by Robert Nozick for Garland Publishing's Studies in Ethics series. Before studying at Princeton, he was an undergraduate at the University of King's College and in the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. After receiving his Ph.D. he taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis, before coming to CSU Chico.

Professor Jollimore's areas of research interest include meta-ethics, normative ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of literature and film. He has taught courses on all of these topics, as well as on epistemology, ancient philosophy, the history of modern philosophy, and biomedical ethics.

In addition to serving as Director of the Humanities Center at CSU Chico, Professor Jollimore has also served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE), as a faculty advisor for Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honors Society at CSU Chico, and as Coordinator for Theme S (Wealth, Power & Inequality) in the General Education Upper Division Themes Program. He also writes frequently for the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, and is an occasional contributor to the Weblog PEA SOUP.

Selected Publications:

  • On Loyalty ("Thinking in Action" series). Routledge (forthcoming).
  • Love's Vision. Princeton University Press, 2011.
  • Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality. Garland Publishing, 2001.
  • "Miserably Ever After: Forgetting, Denying and Affirming Love in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", in C. Grau (ed), Philosophers on Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Routledge, forthcoming 2009
  • "'Like a Picture or a Bump on the Head': Vision, Cognition, and the Language of Poetry", Midwest Studies in Philosophy (2009), Vol. 33
  • "Terrorism, War, and the Killing of the Innocent", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (2007), pp.353-372
  • "Morally Admirable Immorality", American Philosophical Quarterly 43 (2006), pp.159-170
  • "Why is Instrumental Rationality Rational?", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35 (2005), pp. 289-307
  • "Meaningless Happiness and Meaningful Suffering", The Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (2004), pp.333-47
  • "Beauty, Evil, and The English Patient", with S. Barrios, in Philosophy and Literature 28 (2004), pp.23-40
  • "Goldstick on the 'Two-Hats' Problem", Utilitas 15 (2003), pp.369-73
  • "Friendship Without Partiality?", Ratio 13 (2000), pp.69-82

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