Here is a brief curriculum vita (CV). 

Nathan Nobis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, 
Morehouse College, Atlanta GA 30314;
404-825-1740 (cell)

2006 – current:
Associate Professor (with tenure, 2014), Philosophy, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
2009 – current:
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community Health & Preventive Medicine,
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA     
2007 – 2015:
Adjunct Professor of Animal Studies, Humane Society University, Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC. (Program closed)

Ph.D., University of Rochester, May 2005, Philosophy 
M.A., Northern Illinois University, 1999, Philosophy
B.A., Wheaton College, IL, 1996, Philosophy, Psychology

Areas of Research Specialization
Applied or Practical Ethics, Ethical Theory, Critical Thinking

Areas of Teaching Competence
Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, Philosophy of Race

Interdisciplinary Interests
            Philosophy and Psychotherapy, Philosophy and Family Law      

Courses taught at Morehouse College, unless otherwise noted: see for more information:
  • Introduction to Philosophical Ethics: 2 sections every semester, 1 in summer, since fall 2006.
Topics include: logic, moral theories, the treatment of disabled newborns, euthanasia and assisted suicide, female genital mutilation, male circumcision, homosexuality, polyamory and monogamy, abortion, absolute poverty, racism, sexism, and speciesism, vegetarianism and the treatment of animals, drug use and the criminalization of drug use, the ethics of grades and extra credit, and more.

  • Philosophy of Religion: every 3rd semester since spring 2007.
  • Modern Philosophy (Descartes- Hume): every third semester since 2014.
  • Bioethics: every other year or so, since 2006.
  • Metaphysics: Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2018.
  • Animals & Ethics: Violence or Non-Violence? J-mester, week-long course, January 2017 & 2018.
  • Aesthetics & Philosophy of the Arts: Spring 2019.
  • Philosophy of Education: Spring 2013:
  • Philosophy of Science: co-instructor, Fall 2012.
  • Philosophy of Sex and Gender: Spring 2012.
  • Advanced Ethics: Spring 2009.
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Spring 2009.
  • Bioethics / Values in the Sciences, a Project IMHOTEP – Public Health Program – 4-hour mini course, Summer 2009; Summer 2010).

  • Guest lectures in courses on bioethics at Morehouse Biology department; Morehouse Medical School; Tuskegee Institute; Emory psychology department; Georgia State philosophy; Oglethorpe. Guest lecture on journalism and ethics for Morehouse journalism course.  

Open Access Textbooks in Preparation
Title: Truth in Ethics and Epistemology: A Defense of Normative Realism (2005)
Committee: Richard Feldman & Earl Conee (co-directors), Edward Wierenga
Synopsis:  Common reasons given to think that moral judgments are never true suggest that epistemic and intellectual judgments, e.g., that some beliefs are rational, justified or should be held, are never true either. I argue that these epistemic anti-realisms are rationally unacceptable and so that major premises that entail them are false. The main cases against moral realism, which rest on these same premises, are undercut and realisms, moral and epistemic, are defended.

Articles and Chapters
All publications available at
Invited (and peer-reviewed)
  1.  “Early and Later Abortions: Ethics and Law.” (forthcoming) in Bob Fischer, ed., Ethics: Left and Right, Oxford, 2019.
  2. “Bioethics and Cancer Biomarker Research” (with Stephen Sodeke and William Grizzle), Biomarkers in Cancer Screening & Early Detection, ed. Sudhir Srivastava (2017 Wiley).
  3.  “Tom Regan on ‘Kind’ Arguments,” in The Moral Rights of Animals edited by Mylan Engel and Gary Comstock (Lexington Books, 2016).
  4.  “An Argument for Veganism” (with Dan Hooley), in Philosophy Comes to Dinner, edited by Andrew Chignell, Terrance Cuneo and Matt Halteman (Routledge, 2015).
  5.  “Rational Engagement, Emotional Response and the Prospects for Progress in Animal Use ‘Debates,’” (2012). In Jeremy Garrett (ed.) Animal Research in Theory and Practice (237-266). MIT Press: Basic Bioethics Series.
6.       “Peter Singer,” (2009). Entry in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, eds. J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman (Gale-Thompson Publishing), 245-247.
  1. “Moral Experts, Deference and Disagreements” (with Jon Matheson & Scott McElreath), in Watson J., Guidry-Grimes L. (eds) Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Bioethics. Springer, 2018.
  2. "Xenotransplantation, Subsistence Hunting and the Pursuit of Health: Lessons for Animal Rights-Based Vegan Advocacy," Between the Species: Vol. 21: Issue. 1, Article 8. 
  3. “The ethics of animal research: a survey of the public and scientists in North America.” Joffe, A. R., Bara, M., Anton, N., & Nobis, N. (2016). BMC medical ethics, 17(1),
  4. “The ethics of animal research: a survey of pediatric health care workers.” Joffe, A. R., Bara, M., Anton, N., & Nobis, N. (2014). Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 9(1), 1.
  5. “Racial Health Disparities and Race-Based Bioethics: A Critique of a Critique,” (2013) The International Journal of Radical Critique, Volume 2, Number 1.
  6.  “R.M. Hare’s Irrationalist ‘Rationalism’: A Critique of Universal Prescriptivism,” (2011) Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2011, 205-214.
7.          “The Harmful, Nontherapeutic Use of Animals in Research Is Morally Wrong,” (2011) American Journal of the Medical Sciences, October, Volume 342, Issue 4, 297-304.
8.           “Abortion, Metaphysics & Morality: A Review of Francis Beckwith’s Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice,” (2011) Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 36(3): 261-73.
9.          “Do Zoos and Aquariums Promote Attitude Change in Visitors? A Critical Evaluation of the American Zoo and Aquarium Study,” (2010), Marino, Lori; Lilienfeld, Scott O.; Malamud, Randy; Nobis, Nathan; Broglio, Ron; Society and Animals, Volume 18, Number 2, 126-138.
10.   “Cut the Fat! Defending Trans Fat Bans,” (2010) (with Molly Gardner) American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, 2010, Volume 10, Number 3, 39-40.
§  Cited in Kraak, Colon-Ramos, Monge-Rojas. “Trans fats. Case for a global ban.” World Nutrition (World Public Health Nutrition Association), December 2012, 3, 12, 570-591:
11.      “Abortion and Moral Arguments from Analogy,” (2010), co-author Abubakarr Sidique Jarr-Koroma (Morehouse undergraduate student), The American Journal of Bioethics, 10: 12, 59-61.
  1. “Ought We Accept What Neuroscience Might Imply? Many Questions, Incommensurable Answers?” (2010), American Journal of Bioethics–Neuroscience, 1, Issue 4, 45-47.
13.      “Interests and Harms in Primate Research,” (2009) American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, May, Volume 9, Number 5, 27-29.
15.      “Feminist Ethics without Feminist Ethical Theory (or, more generally, Φ Ethics Without Φ Ethical Theory)” (2005). Journal of Philosophical Research. Volume 30, Issue Supplement. Ethical Issues for the 21st Century, 213-225.
16.      “Ayer and Stevenson’s Epistemological Emotivism,” (2004) Croatian Journal of Philosophy, Volume IV, Number 10, 61-81.
17.       “Carl Cohen’s ‘Kind’ Argument For Animal Rights and Against Human Rights,” (2004) Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 21, Number 1, 43-59.
§  Response: Neil Levy, “Cohen and Kinds: A Response to Nathan Nobis,” (2004) Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 21, Number 2, 213-217.
§  Reprinted: Clare Palmer, ed., Animal Rights (Ashgate, Int’l Library of Essays on Rights, 2008).
18.       “The Real Problem of Infant and Animal Suffering,” (2002) Philo, Volume 5, No. 2, 216-225.
19.      “What Would Be So Bad If We Rejected Belief in Libertarian Free Will?” (2002) De Philosophia, Volume XVI, Number 2, 21-34. 
20.      “Who Needs the ‘Actual Future Principle’? Harman on Abortion,” (2002) Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 18, Number 2, 55-63.
21.       “Vegetarianism and Virtue: Does Consequentialism Demand Too Little?” (2002) Social Theory and Practice, Volume 28, Number 1, 135-56.
§  Reprinted: Christine Koggel, ed., Moral Issues in Global Perspective, 2nd Ed. (Broadview Press, 2006).
§  Reprinted: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Moral Issues, Expanded 14th Edition, edited by Owen Smith and Anne Smith (McGraw Hill, 2016)

22.      “Animal Dissection and Evidence-Based Life-Science & Health-Professions Education,” (2002) Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 5, Number 2, 155-159.
23.      “Vagueness, Borderline Cases, and Moral Realism: Where’s the Incompatibility?” (2000), Philosophical Writings, Volume 14, 29-39.
24.       “Cultivating Philosophical Skills and Virtues in Philosophy of Education,” Proceedings of the Midwest Philosophy of Education Society, 1999, 149-162. 
25.       “‘Balancing Off’ Infant Torture and Death: A Reply to Chignell,” (2001) Religious Studies, Volume 37, 103-108.

Other Publications
  1. “Ethics and Abortion,” “Ethics and ‘Extra Credit,’” “Responding to Morally Flawed Historical Philosophers and Philosophies (with Victor Fabian Abundez-Guerra) at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
  2. Abortion and Animal Rights: Does Either Topic Lead to the Other?” At What's Wrong? the not quite official blog of cu-boulder's center for values and social policy. 7/16/2016.
Book Reviews
  1. Review of Bob Fischer’s College Ethics: A Reader on Moral Issues that Affect You. Teaching Ethics, 2017.
  2. Review of Sherry Colb and Michael Dorf, Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights, Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews, June 26, 2016.
  3. Review of Jonathan Kahn, Race in a Bottle: The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in the Post-Genomic Age, American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 15, 2015.
Invited Presentations:
  • At Atlanta University Center Library: Presentation on Public Scholarship, Sept. 21, 2018; “Open Access Textbooks,” March, 2017.
  • “The Limited Relevance of Neuroscience to Moral Reasoning,” (October 2013), American Society for Bioethics and Humanities conference, Atlanta, GA.  
  • “Taking it to the Streets: Bioethics and Health Disparities” for the First Bioethics Conference on Cancer Health Disparities Research, January 2012, Tuskegee Institute, AL.
  •  “Using Surveys in Teaching Philosophy,” (2013) American Association of Philosophy Teachers, summer mini-conference, Morehouse College.  
  • “Moral Progress and Moral Argument Analysis,” American Association of Philosophy Teachers Conference-Workshop, Coastal Carolina University, July 29-August 2, 2010.
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Update 1/13/2019

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