Diane Jeske

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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
274 English-Philosophy Building
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ethics, ethical theory, history of ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of law

Dr. Jeske's published work in ethics addresses topics such as the grounds of special obligations to intimates, the nature of friendship, utilitarianism versus deontology, political obligation, and the nature of reasons. Her areas of specialization include ethical theory, the history of ethics, moral psychology and epistemology, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. She also teaches critical reasoning and applied ethics. 

Honors & Awards: 
  • Collegiate Teaching Award, University of Iowa, 2000
  • Lawrence University, Phi Beta Kappa; Governor’s Award for graduating senior with the highest GPA, John and Mamie Farley Prize in Philosophy, Ralph White Prize in Mathematics, Maurice Cunningham Prize in Greek, Phi Beta Kappa Freshman Scholarship Award 
Selected Publications: 
  • “Moral and Legal Duties to Family Members,” Oxford Anthology on the Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law. (forthcoming)
  • “Friendship,” Philosophy: Sex and Love, J Petrik and A Zucker, eds, Macmillan Interdiscplinary Handbooks (Macmillan, 2016; pp.129-150).
  • “Filial Duties,” Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging, forthcoming.
  • “Aging, Getting Older, and the Good Life,” Palgrave Handbook on the Philosophy of Aging, forthcoming.
  • “The Rational Significance of Intimate Relationships,” forthcoming, Reasons and Morality: New Essays, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy series
  • “Friendship and Well-Being,” Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being (Routledge, 2015; pp.233-241).
  • Philosophy Through Film, editor (with Richard Fumerton) (Blackwell, 2009)
  • Rationality and Moral Theory: How Intimacy Generates Reasons (New York: Routledge, 2008).
  • "The Friendship of Felines" (in What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Cat, Chicago: Open Court, 2008; pp.27-42).
  • "Friendship and the Grounds of Reasons," in L'Amitie et la partialitie en ethique, special volume of Les Ateliers de l'ethique, CREUM, 2:3 2007, 
  • “Feminism, Friendship, and Philosophy,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Supplementary Volume 28: Feminist Moral Theory): 63-82.
  • “Special Obligations,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/special-obligations/
  • “The Monsanto Decision,” with Richard Fumerton, Teaching Ethics 2 (2001): 107-110.
  • “Friendship and Reasons of Intimacy,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (2001): 329-346.
  • “Special Relationships and the Problem of Political Obligations,” Social Theory and Practice 27 (2001): 19-40.
  • “Families, Friends, and Special Obligations,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (1998): 527-555.
  • “A Defense of Acting From Duty,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (1998): 61-74.
  • “Relatives and Relativism,” with Richard Fumerton, Philosophical Studies 87 (1997): 143-157; reprinted in Ethical Theory, ed. Louis Pojman (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1997).
  • “Moral Deliberation, Nonmoral Ends, and the Virtuous Agent,” with Tracy Isaacs, Ethics 107 (1997): 486-500.
  • “Friendship, Virtue, and Impartiality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (1997): 51-72.
  • “Associative Obligations, Voluntarism, and Equality,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77 (1996): 289-309.
  • “Perfection, Happiness, and Duties to Self,” American Philosophical Quarterly 33 (1996): 263-276.
  • “Libertarianism, Self-Ownership, and Motherhood,” Social Theory and Practice 22 (1996): 137-160.
  • “Persons, Compensation, and Utilitarianism,” The Philosophical Review 102 (1993): 541-575. 
Work in Progress: 
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy: Theory and Applications (textbook manuscript, co-author: Richard Fumerton; in production, Broadview)
  • Going Rotten: The Neglect of Philosophy in the Moral Life (book manuscript)  
Professional History: 
  • 2009- Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa
  • 1998-2009 Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa
  • 1992-1998 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa