Jennifer Baker


Address: 16 Glebe Street, Room 101
Phone: 843.953.5687
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Jennifer Baker's CV

Jennifer Baker is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1995) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2003). Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.

Prof. Baker is also an affiliate faculty member of Medical Humanities and Public Health at the college.


2003 - Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Arizona
1995 - B.A., Philosophy and Political theory, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Virtue theory
  • Contemporary ethical theory
  • Applied ethics
  • Political theory

Press and Media

To The Best of Our Knowledge:


"The More Humane Way: Plato on Criminal Justice," Liberty, Democracy, and the Temptations of Tyranny in the Dialogues of Plato, Charlotte Thomas, ed. Mercer University Press, 2021.

"Ainslie and Aristotle: Behavioral Science on Virtue," Virtue and the Practice of Science: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Dean-Drummond, C., Stagleford, T., and Narvaez, D. eds. Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing via Pressbooks, 2019.

"Stoicism Reconsidered: Choose the Hyundai," Reason Papers Vol. 40, no. 1, 2018: 9-13.

"Economics and Virtue: Economic Good as the Object of Moral Evaluation," Oxford Handbook on Ethics and Economics, Mark D. White, ed. Oxford University Press, 2019. 

"Virtue Ethics", Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, Robert Kolb, ed., 2nd edition, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2017. 

"A Place at the Table: The Bourgeois Deal and Low Wage Workers," Symposium on Deirdre McCloskey and the Bourgeois Virtue, Eramus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 2016. 

"What is Stopping Me? Breaking Bad and Virtue Ethics," Breaking Bad and Philosophy, Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2016. 

"Online Data Privacy and the Justification of the Market," The Responsibilities of Online Service Providers; Law, Governance and Technology Series, Voil. 31, Mariarosaria Taddeo and Luciano Floridid, eds. Springer, 2016.

"Can Charlie Brown be Happy?" Peanuts and Philosophy, Richard Greene, ed. Open Court Press, 2016. 

Second reprint, "Virtue and Behavior" Social Economics: Critical Concepts in Economics, Wilfrid Dolfsma, Mark White, Deborah Figart, Ellen Mutari, Robert McMaster, eds. Routledge, 2016.

Economics and the Virtues, edited by Jennifer A. Baker and Mark D. White, Oxford University Press, 2015. 

“The Radical Stoics” Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation, Oxford University Press, 2015.

“You Did That: The Devil and Virtue Ethics” The Devil: Philosophy for Everyone, Robert Arp, ed. Blackwell-Wiley, 2014.

“Who’s Afraid of a Final End? The Omission of Traditional Practical Rationality from Contemporary Virtue Ethics” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Springer, Volume 16, Issue 1, February 2013, pp. 85-98

"Virtue Ethics and Practical Guidance," Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):297-313 (2013).  Also printed in New Essays in Moral Philosophy, David Schmidtz, ed., Cambridge University Press 2013.

"Children's Agency, Interests, and Medical Consent," HEC Forum, 25 (4):311-324 (2013).

 “Natural Childbirth is for the Birds: An Analysis of the Normativity of Natural” Motherhood: The Birth of Wisdom, Sheila Lintott, ed., Blackwell-Wiley, March 2011.

"Procrastination" - Interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge January 23, 2011.

"How to Justify the Market", Accepting the Invisible Hand, Mark White, ed. Perspectives from Social Economics Series. Palgrave MacMillon Press, November, 2010.

"Procrastination as Vice", The Thief of Time, Chrisoula Andreou, ed. Oxford University Press, March 2010.

"Virtue and Behavior", Review of Social Economy: Incorporating Ethical Theory into Models of Economic Choice, Volume 67, Issue 1, March 2009, pp. 3-24. 

"Virtue Ethics", Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, Robert Kolb, ed., SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2008, pp. 2191-2196. Recipient of the CHOICE award for Outstanding Academic Title.

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