Associate Professor of Philosophy; Chair of the Philosophy Department
Office: Marston Hall 211
Education: BS, Wheaton College, 1999; MA, Trinity Graduate School, 2002; PhD, University of Maryland, 2012. At SPU since 2012.
Dr. Leland Saunders' primary research interests are in empirical approaches to moral psychology, moral debunking arguments, character, and virtue. He also teaches a wide range of courses in value theory, including Ethical Theory, Social Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Aesthetics, as well symbolic logic and UCOR 3000: Faith, Philosophy, and Science. Dr. Saunders also is coach of the SPU ethics bowl team.
"Virtues as Reasons Structures," Philosophical Studies (2020, early view), 1-20.
"Positive Psychology and Virtue: Values in Action" (with Matt Stichter), The Journal of Positive Psychology 14 (2019): 1-5.
"The Necessity of Moral Reasoning," Journal of Value Inquiry 52 (2018): 37-57.
"Reason and Emotion, Not Reason or Emotion in Moral Judgment," Philosophical Explorations 19 (2016): 252-267.
"What is Moral Reasoning?" Philosophical Psychology 28 (2015): 1-20.
"Reason and Intuition in the Moral Life: A Dual-Process Account of Moral Justification," in Jonathan Evans and Keith Frankish (eds.), In Two Minds: Dual Processes and Beyond, 335-354. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Please see Dr. Saunders’ CV (.pdf) for a list of his publications.
Leland Saunders’ website