Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Scott James, Associate Professor

Scott James

Office: Bear 271
Phone: (910) 962-7284


  • Ph.D., Philosophy - University Of Maryland, College Park
  • M. A., Philosophy - University of Maryland, College Park
  • B. A., Philosophy - University of Washington
  • B. A., English - Connecticut College

Areas of Expertise

  • Value Theory
  • Moral Psychology
  • Evolution


  • UNCW Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, Spring 2016

Recent Publications

  • "A New Puzzle for Hedonistic Theories of Value," Journal of Philosophical Research
  • "The Tragedy of the Biological Imperative: What Nietzsche Can and Cannot Teach Us about the Evolution of Morality" (co-authored with M. Eshleman), The Ethics of Nature, The Nature of Ethics (Lexington Press).
  • "When Helping The Victim Matters More than Helping A Victim," Utilitas 2013.
  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • "Good Samaritans, Good Humanitarians", Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • "Human Evolution and the Possibility of Moral Realism", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Courses Taught
  • PAR 115 - Intro to Ethics
  • PAR 215 - Bioethics
  • PAR 320 - Philosophy of Mind
  • PAR 400 - Death, Dying and the Meaning of Life
  • PAR 495 - Evolution and Ethics