David Svolba, PhD, Philosophy, Humanities | Fitchburg State University
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Faculty Directory » David Svolba


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., online
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., online

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 253
Phone: 978.665.3275
Email: dsvolba@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Political and Social Philosophy (PHIL 4200)
Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 2550)
Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 2600)
World Religions (PHIL 3610)
Intro to Western Philosophy (PHIL 1000)
Bioethics (BIOL 3700)


Ph.D., University of Chicago (Philosophy). June 2008
M.Phil., Catholic University of Leuven (Philosophy). June 1999
B.A., Salisbury University (Philosophy). June 1997

Awards and Fellowships:

Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006
University Fellowship: University of Chicago, 1999-2004
Ames Summer Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2001
Flemish Community Fellowship, Belgian Embassy, 1997

Research Interests:

Normative Ethics (Theoretical & Applied)
Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Harry Frankfurt

Representative Publications:

"Is There a Rawlsian Argument for Animal Rights?" Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, (Springer, 2016), 19:4, 973-984.

"A Review of Brian Leiter’s Why Tolerate Religion?" Science, Religion, and Culture (Smith and Franklin, 2014), 1:2, 83-87.

Swindell, Frankfurt, and Ambivalence,” Philosophical Explorations (Routledge, 2011), 14:2, 219-225.

People Just Don’t Do That: Curb Your Enthusiasm and the Virtue of Civility,” with Chad Flanders, in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court, 2011).

Drawing a Line in the Sand: Rules of Aggression in The Big Lebowski,” with Adam Betz, in The Big Lebowski and Philosophy (Blackwell, 2012).


Is There a Rawlsian Argument for Animal Rights?” University of Costa Rica (May 26, 2016).

"Frankfurt on Moral Responsibility," Rowan University (October 14, 2015).

"Is There a Rawlsian Argument for Animal Rights?" Minnesota State University-Mankato (October 16, 2014).