Greetings! You've found my homepage. I'm David Killoren and I'm a philosopher. I teach at Coastal Carolina University, which is located just outside of Myrtle Beach, SC. 

I specialize in moral philosophy. My current work focuses on four main topics: robust moral realism (especially its epistemological implications)animal ethics; political ethics; and moral dilemmas (i.e., conflicts among moral obligations). Check my research page for further details.

I have broad teaching interests. In addition to my regular teaching (mostly in ethics), I've created two new courses: Philosophy of Art and History of Anglo-American Philosophy. See my teaching page for further detailsDuring my time here at CCU, I've also been fortunate to be involved in the Jackson Scholars program, a leadership program for outstanding students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Additionally, I've served as the principal advisor for two student groups: Coastal Humanists and Coastal Aesthetes. I'm also proud to be the coach for the 
Ethics Bowl team representing CCU at the Fall 2014 Mid-Atlantic competition.

I did my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I defended my dissertation in May 2012, with Russ Shafer-Landau as my advisor. I'm now in the third year of a 3-year position as Ethics Fellow in the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at Coastal Carolina University, where I work with Nils Rauhut and Amber Eckersley.

I'm the principal organizer 
of the Online Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, which is hosted at Philosophy TV, the website I founded with my UW friends John Basl, Jonathan Lang, and Brynn Welch.

I'm a huge fan of the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, which I try to attend every year. I also like the conferences put on by Marcus Arvan in connection with his group blog, 
the Philosopher's Cocoon. And I think the Metaethics Workshop is a wonderful thing, although I have unfortunately been unable to attend in the past couple of years.

I describe one of my favorite artworks here.

As long as you are not one of my students, you are welcome to follow me on Facebook, where I like to talk about philosophy, politics, art, and the Twilight Zone (original series).


                                                        The photos above are by Nick McKinney (top) and Ben Hale (bottom).