SHANNON VALLOR, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
My research explores the
philosophical territory defined by three intersecting subject
areas: the philosophy of technology (including technology and
ethics), phenomenology and the philosophy of science.
current project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on human
habits, skills and virtues, a topic I've explored in works published in
peer-reviewed journals Ethics & Information Technology, Philosophy & Technology and Techné, as well as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and a forthcoming book, 21st Century Virtue. In particular, I am interested in
how new media, robotics/AI, surveillance and human enhancement technologies may influence the development of moral character. I am currently exploring the phenomenology of moral attention, its
status as a virtue and the potential impact of new technologies on its
cultivation. I have additional interests in the integration of ethics
in the professional lives of software engineers and developers.
Finally, I conduct research in the
phenomenology of perceptual evidence, its mediation by technology and
its relation to scientific practice; my writings on this topic have
appeared in the refereed journals Inquiry, the Journal of Consciousness Studies and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
TEACHING:I regularly teach courses in Phenomenology (PHIL 138), Philosophy of Science (PHIL 140), Science,
Technology and Society (PHIL 80), Knowledge
and Reality (PHIL 50), a freshman honors sequence on Personal
Identity and Community (PHIL 11H&12H), and a graduate engineering
course on Sustainable Energy and Ethics (ENGR 273) With Arvind Narayanan of Princeton University, I have also created a downloadable
teaching module, "An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics,"
available for free from SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
SCU Faculty Page
SCU Department of Philosophy
Center for Science, Technology & Society@SCU
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics@SCU
Society for Philosophy & Technology
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)