Richard Dean

Richard Dean
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Philosophy
Office Location: ET A412
Phone: (323) 343-3182 Email:



I received my BA from the University of Oregon, and an MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I taught at Rutgers University for three years and at The American University of Beirut for seven years, before joining the philosophy department at CSULA in fall 2009.

Research Interests

I am interested in both the history of moral philosophy and contemporary normative ethics. I also have worked on issues in applied ethics, and I’m intrigued by recent empirical approaches to moral philosophy. To access some of the papers listed below, and my non-philosophy writings (including “Two-Year in Hell”), click here.


The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory, Oxford University Press, 2006


“The Demand for Acceptance and the Rejection of Cures,” in Disability in Practice: Attitudes, Policies, and Relationships, eds. Thomas Hill, Jr. and Adam Cureton, forthcoming

“Stigmatization and Denormalization as Public Health Policies: Some Kantian Thoughts,” Bioethics, vol. 28, no. 8, October 2014

“Respect for the Unworthy,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 95, no. 3, September 2014

“Perfected Humanity: Nature’s Final End and the End in Itself,” in Politics and Teleology in Kant, eds. Paul Formosa, Avery Goldman, and Tatiana Patrone, Wales University Press, 2014

"Humanity as an Idea, as an Ideal, and as an End in Itself," Kantian Review, volume 18, no. 2, July 2013

"A Plausible Kantian Argument Against Moralism," Social Theory and Practice, vol. 38, no. 4, October 2012

"Moral Education and the Ideal of Humanity," Kant and Education, eds. Klas Roth and Chris Surprenant, Routledge, 2011

"Does Neuroscience Undermine Deontology?" Neuroethics, vol. 3, no. 1, April 2010

"The Formula of Humanity as an End in Itself," in Blackwell Guide to Kant's Ethics, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 2009

"Glasgow's Conception of Kantian Humanity," Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 45, no. 2, April 2008

"Building Moral Robots," The International Journal of the Humanities, vol. 2, no. 2, 2004

"Cummiskey’s Kantian Consequentialism," Utilitas, vol. 12, no 3, March 2000

"A Defense of Constrained Maximization," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, vol. 36, no. 3, Summer 1997

"What Should We Treat as an End in Itself?" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 77, no. 4, December 1996