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Name: Eugene Heath
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: Philosophy

Expertise Keywords: Business ethics, Ethics, Political and social philosophy

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: My areas of expertise include eighteenth-century British moral philosophy, ethics, business ethics, and social and political Philosophy. I hold a Ph.D., in Philosophy, from Yale University and a B.A. from Davidson College. My published scholarship includes essays on Adam Smith, Bernard Mandeville, Adam Ferguson, F.A. Hayek, as well as a textbook, MORALITY AND THE MARKET: ETHICS AND VIRTUE IN THE CONDUCT OF BUSINESS (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002). With Vincenzo Merolle, I edited two collections of scholarly essays on Adam Ferguson--ADAM FERGUSON: HISTORY, PROGRESS AND HUMAN NATURE and ADAM FERGUSON: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND SOCIETY (Pickering & Chatto, 2008 and 2009.

Currrent Research: Business Ethics, topics in eighteenth-century British moral philosophy (David Hume and Adam Smith), including the nature of self-interest, and the idea of ambition.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-2981
E-mail Address: heathe@newpaltz.edu
Home Phone: 845-255-4967
Personal Web Site: https://faculty.newpaltz.edu/EugeneHeath/

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Assistant and Associate Professor

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio


Yale University 1981-1988 Ph.D. 1988 Philosophy
Davidson College 1976-1980 B.A. 1980 Philosophy


Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2000


Essay: “Adam Smith on Self-Interest,” The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith, edited by Christopher Berry, Maria Paganelli, and Craig Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 241-264.

Essay: “Virtue as a Model for Business Ethics,” in The Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, edited Christoph Luetge, 2 vols (Heidelberg: Springer, 2013), vol. 1, pp. 109-129.

Essay: “Fairness in Financial Ethics,” in Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice, edited John Boatright (Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2010), pp. 163-178.

Essay: “Being Serious about Being Good,” in Doing Well and Good: The Human Face of the New Capitalism, edited by Julian Friedland (Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2009), pp. 69-85.

Essay: “Ferguson on the Unintended Emergence of Social Order,” in Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society, edited by Eugene Heath and Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009), pp. 155-168.

Essay: “Proscription, Prescription, or Market Process? Comments on Genetic Screening,” in The Ethics of Genetic Commerce, edited by Robert Kolb, Leeds School Series on Business and Society (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp. 70-83.

Essay: “Markets, Promises, and Responsibility: Reconsidering Pensions and Ethics,” in Corporate Retirement Security: Social and Ethical Issues, edited by Robert Kolb, Leeds School Series on Business and Society (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp. 55-76.

Essay: “Introduction: Ferguson’s Moral Philosophy,” in The Manuscripts of Adam Ferguson, edited by Vincenzo Merolle (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006), pp. xlvii-lxxvi.

Essay: “Stealing Out the Back Door: Business Ethics and the Loss of Education,” in Fulfilling Our Obligation: Perspectives on Teaching Business Ethics, edited by Sheb L. True, Linda Ferrell, and O.C. Ferrell (Kennesaw: Kennesaw State University Press, 2005), pp. 65-74.

Essay: “Spontaneous Social Order and Liberalism,” NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, 1, Inaugural Issue (Winter 2005): 65-78.

Essay: "The Philosophy of Politics and Law," World Philosophy, edited by Mel Thompson (London: Chrysalis Books, forthcoming, October 2002).

Essay: "On the Normative Implications of a Theory of Spontaneous Order," in Time, Order, Chaos: The Study of Time IX, edited by J.T. Fraser, Marlene Soulsby, Alexander Argyros (Madison, Conn.: International Universities Press, 1998), pp. 125-134.

Essay: "Mandeville's Bewitching Engine of Praise," History of Philosophy Quarterly, 15 (April 1998): 205-226.

Essay: "Two Cheers and a Pint of Worry: An On-Line Course in Political and Social Philosophy," Teaching Philosophy 20 (September 1997): 277-300.

Essay: "The Commerce of Sympathy: Adam Smith on the Emergence of Morals," Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (July 1995): 447-466.

Essay: "Rules, Function, and the Invisible Hand: An Interpretation of Hayek's Social Theory," Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (March 1992): 28-45.

Essay: "How to Understand Liberalism as Gardening: Galeotti on Hayek," Political Theory 17 (February 1989): 107-113.

Anthologies/Texts: Morality and the Market: Ethics and Virtue in the Conduct of Business (New York: McGraw- Hill, 2002).

Review Essay: J. Martin Stafford s Private Vices, Publick Benefits? A critical study of Private Vices, Public Benefits? The Contemporary Reception of Bernard Mandeville, ed. J. Martin Stafford (Solihull: Ismeron, 1997) in Hume Studies 25 (April/November 1999): 225-240.