Aeon J. Skoble
Professor of Philosophy
Bridgewater State University
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University, in Southeastern Massachusetts. A native New Yorker, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s and doctorate from Temple University. In 1991, he was awarded a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies. His main research in moral and political philosophy includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, virtue ethics, classical theories of happiness, and theories of legal interpretation.
Professor Skoble is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government(Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections(Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011). Besides his academic work, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000).
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