Stephen M. Campbell University of Pennsylvania
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I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in University of Pennsylvania's Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and the editor of the Well-Being categories here at PhilPapers. Beginning in January 2016, I'll be an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University. My primary research interests are in ethical theory, applied ethics, and philosophy of disability.
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  1. Stephen M. Campbell (forthcoming). The Concept of Well-Being. In Guy Fletcher (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being. Routledge
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  2. Stephen M. Campbell & Sven Nyholm (forthcoming). Anti-Meaning and Why It Matters. Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
    It is widely recognized that lives and activities can be meaningful or meaningless, but few have appreciated that they can also be anti-meaningful. Anti-meaning is the polar opposite of meaning. Our purpose in this essay is to examine the nature and importance of this new and unfamiliar topic. In the first part, we sketch four theories of anti-meaning that correspond to leading theories of meaning. In the second part, we argue that anti-meaning has significance not only for our attempts to (...)
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  3. Stephen M. Campbell (2015). When the Shape of a Life Matters. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (3): 565-75.
    It seems better to have a life that begins poorly and ends well than a life that begins well and ends poorly. One possible explanation is that the very shape of a life can be good or bad for us. If so, this raises a tough question: when can the shape of our lives be good or bad for us? In this essay, I present and critique an argument that the shape of a life is a non-synchronic prudential value—that is, (...)
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  4. Stephen M. Campbell & Lance Wahlert (2015). Is Disability Conservationism Rooted in Status Quo Bias? American Journal of Bioethics 15 (6):20-22.
  5. Stephen M. Campbell (2014). Standards for an Account of Children's Well-Being. American Journal of Bioethics 14 (9):19-20.
  6. Stephen M. Campbell (2013). An Analysis of Prudential Value. Utilitas 25 (03):334-54.
    This essay introduces and defends a new analysis of prudential value. According to this analysis, what it is for something to be good for you is for that thing to contribute to the appeal or desirability of being in your position. I argue that this proposal fits well with our ways of talking about prudential value and well-being; enables promising analyses of the related concepts of luck, selfishness, self-sacrifice, and paternalism; preserves the relationship between prudential value and the attitudes of (...)
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  7. Stephen M. Campbell (2009). The Surprise Twist in Hume's Treatise. Hume Studies 35 (1&2):103-34.
    A Treatise of Human Nature opens with ambitious hopes for the science of man, but Hume eventually launches into a series of skeptical arguments that culminates in a report of radical skeptical despair. This essay is a preliminary exploration of how to interpret this surprising development. I first distinguish two kinds of surprise twist: those that are incompatible with some preceding portion of the work, and those that are not. This suggests two corresponding pictures of Hume. On one picture, he (...)
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  8. Stephen M. Campbell (2007). Hare on Possible People. Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (4):408–424.
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