Andy Lamey

PhD (University of Western Australia)

Philosophy Department
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0119
La Jolla, CA 92093-0119

I am a teaching professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, San Diego. This site provides information about my teaching and research, which generally focus on applied ethics, political philosophy and a bit of ethics.

In Spring 2024 I am teaching Phil 28 (Ethics & Society II) and Phil 172 (Topics in Political Philosophy).

Phil 28 will be on the topic of free expression, broadly defined. We will read On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill, as well as contemporary articles on pornography, cancel culture, hate speech, social media and other subjects.

In Phil 172 we will read Robert Nozick’s book Anarchy, State and Utopia as well as critical responses that address Nozick’s critique of hedonism (the famous experience machine argument), his account of the moral status of animals, his brief but suggestive remarks about the rectification of historic injustice (with a particular focus on historic injustices committed against native peoples of North America), and the implications of Nozick’s view for immigration policy and open borders. We will also read G.A. Cohen’s influential critique of Nozick’s libertarianism.  

I’ve ordered the Mill and Nozick books to be available at the UCSD bookstore. All other readings will be posted on Canvas.

I no longer upload papers to this site. You can download them at my PhilPeople page.

Before you go, consider a polite Canadian request to read my latest book, The Canadian Mind: Essays on Writers and Thinkers.