David Silver is Associate Professor and Director at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, and holds the Chair in Business and Professional Ethics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He is also an associate member of the UBC Department of Philosophy and a faculty affiliate of the National Core for Neuroethics.
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Prof. Silver has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona (1997). His dissertation was A Virtue Theory of Practical Reason and concerns the intersections between metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.

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My current research extends in two directions.
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First, I am concerned about ethical duties of businesses with respect to current events. A recent series of papers concerned the political interests and rights of corporations. I am now working on a paper concerning the religious interests and rights of corporations as discussed in the Hobby Lobby decision.
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I also have a forthcoming piece on the responsibility of the financial industry for the Global Financial Crisis. This looks both at the possibility that an industry can be morally responsible for anything at all, and assuming that it can be, what ethical responsibilities does the financial industry have.
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I have also begun working on a project with a student, Harriet Ho, on the ethics of pharmaceutical pricing.
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The second direction of the research concerns how to think about topics in business ethics. I am developing a Contractualist approach to these issues.
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RESEARCH:
2000. “Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60. (With Michael Rea).
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2001. “Religious Experience and the Facts of Religious Pluralism.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 49: 1-17.
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2002. “Collective Responsibility and the Ownership of Actions”. Public Affairs Quarterly 16 (3): 287-304.
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2002. “Religious Experience and the Evidential Argument from Evil.” Religious Studies 38 (3): 339-353.
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2003. “Lethal Injection, Autonomy and the Proper Ends of Medicine”, Bioethics 17 (2): 205-11.
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2003. “Evolutionary Naturalism and the Reliability of our Cognitive Faculties.” Faith and Philosophy.
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2004. “The Legacy of Injustice: Wronging the Future, Responsibility for the Past” in Historical Justice, ed. Lukas H. Meyer, Nomos Verlag. (With Rahul Kumar).
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2005. “Corporate Codes of Conduct and the Value of Autonomy”, Journal of Business Ethics 59 (1-2), pp. 3-8.
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2005. “A Strawsonian Defense of Corporate Moral Responsibility,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 42(4) October 2005. pp. 279-295.
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2006. “Collective Responsibility, Corporate Responsibility and Moral Taint”, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 30 (1), pp. 269-278.
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2008. “Defending the Independence Constraint: a reply to Snider”, Religious Studies. 44(2), 203-207.
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2008. “The Ethics of Exclusion”. in The Future of Citizenship. (with Rahul Kumar) Ed. Jose V. Ciprut. MIT Press.
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2011. “Towards an Epistemology of Objective Normative Authority”. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Law 10(2)., pp. 11-17. Online 
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2012. “Citizens as Contractualist Stakeholders.” Journal of Business Ethics. 109 (1), pp. 3-13. Online
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2013. “Fair Compensation for Workers in the Great Recession”.
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Forthcoming (electronic version published). “Business Ethics After Citizens United: a contractualist analysis”. Journal of Business Ethics. Online
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BOOK REVIEWS:
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2009. Review of Mitchell Silver’s A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology. in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.
2015. Review of Norman Bowie’s Business Ethics in the 21st Century, in Business Ethics Quarterly.