Photo of Shannon VallorAssociate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053  Twitter:@ShannonVallor


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. 

My current project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on human habits, skills and virtues, a topic I've explored in works published in the 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.


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.

Curriculum Vitae profile


Selected Publications

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)