Areas of Expertise
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Social/Political Philosophy, Medical Ethics
AREAS OF COMPETENCE
History of Ethics, Metaethics, Neuroethics, Feminist Ethics
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1990.
M.A., Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1986.
B.A., Philosophy & Economics (with High Honors), Oberlin College, 1984.
George Rainbolt was raised in an academic family in the Midwest. After attending Oberlin College for his undergraduate work, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has also studied in France and been a visiting professor in Germany and China. He is married to Madeline Zavodny and has two sons, Corbin and Joseph.
International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, 1996 to Present.
Georgia Philosophical Society, 1993 to 2017.
Society for Analytic Feminism, charter member, 1991 to Present.
American Philosophical Association, 1984 to Present.
Publications & Presentations
Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, coauthored with Sandra Dwyer. Cengage Learning 2011, 2nd edition 2014.
The Concept of Rights, Springer 2006, Kindle edition 2008, Paperback edition 2009.
— Cited in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Ethics, coauthored with Peter McInerney. Harper-Collins 1994.
“Interest and Will Theories of Rights,” Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, invited, submitted, and under review, Springer 2017.
“Justice,” International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette, ed., original version Wiley 2013: 2865-2878, revised version forthcoming.
“Emigration and Association,” Ethics and Global Politics 9 (2016): 1-8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/egp.v9.33500
“Thoughts on the Consolidation of a Two-Year College and a Research University,” coauthored with Eric Morton, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges 16 (2016): 1-4.
“Rights,” Blackwell’s Philosophy Anthologies: Ethics in Practice, 4th edition, Hugh LaFollette, ed., Wiley 2014: 49-59. Revised version for 5th edition invited and in preparation.
Comments on Leif Wenar’s “The Nature of Claim-Rights,” Philosophy, Ethics, and Academia (PEA) Soup blog, on-line article discussion, April 2013, http://peasoup.typepad.com/peasoup/2013/04/ethics-discussions-at-pea-soup-leif-wenars-the-nature-of-claim-rights-with-critical-precis-by-arthur.html
“Feinberg, Joel” International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette, ed., Wiley 2013: 1913-1917.
“Mercy,” International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette, ed., Wiley 2013: 3212-3218.
“Pnesamento Critico,” ("Critical Thinking"), Fundamento: Revista de Pesquisa em Filosofia 1 (2010): 1-9. (This the lead article in a new Brazilian philosophy journal. The article is in Portuguese.)
“Rights Conflict,” The IVR Encyclopaedia of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law (2009), ed. Eveline Feteris, (International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy), http://ivr enc.info/index.php?title’Main_Page
“Possible Right-holders,” The IVR Encyclopaedia of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law (2009), Eveline Feteris, ed., (International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy), http://ivr enc.info/index.php?title’Main_Page
“Rights Theory,” Philosophy Compass 1 (2006): 11-21.
“Two Interpretations of Feinberg’s Theory of Rights,” Legal Theory 11 (September 2005): 227-236.
“Crime, Property, and Justice Revisited: The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000,” Public Affairs Quarterly 17 (July 2003): 219-239.
“HMOs and Physician Conflicts of Interest,” Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (Spring 2002): 1-8.
“What Are Group Rights?” Groups and Group Rights, Larry May, Leslie Francis and Christine Sistare, eds. (University Press of Kansas, 2001): 71-81.
— Cited in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
— Cited as a significant article in Carl Wellman, ed., Possible Bearers of Rights and Duties, Volume 3 of the set Rights and Duties, Routledge, 2002, p. xv.
“Perfect and Imperfect Obligations,” Philosophical Studies 98 (2000): 233-256.
— Cited as a significant article in Carl Wellman, ed., Conceptual Analyses of Rights and Duties, Volume 1 of the set Rights and Duties, Routledge, 2002, p. xv.
“H.L.A. Hart,” Companion to the Philosophers, Robert Arrington, ed. (Blackwell Publishers, 1999): 277-279.
“Mercy: In Defense of Caprice,” Noûs 31 (1997): 226-241.
“Web-Assisted Critical Thinking,” co-authored with Steven Rieber, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Computers 98 (1998): 32-33.
— Web posting of this paper listed as a noteworthy web site by Britannica.com.
“Crime, Property, and Justice: The Ethics of Civil Forfeiture,” coauthored with my student Alison Reif, Public Affairs Quarterly 11 (1997): 39-55.
“An Evaluation of Clinton’s Health Care Proposal,” Biomedical Ethics Reviews 1994, James Humber and Robert Almeder, eds. (Humana Press, 1995): 87-120.
“Rights as Normative Constraints on Others,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (1993): 93-112.
“Mercy: An Independent, Imperfect Virtue,” American Philosophical Quarterly 27 (1990): 169-173.
“Gauthier on Cooperating in Prisoners’ Dilemmas,” Analysis 49 (1989): 216-220.
“Justified Hard Paternalism: A Response to C.L. Ten,” Bioethics 3 (1989): 140-141.
“Prescription Drug Laws: Justified Hard Paternalism,” Bioethics 3 (1989): 45-58.
“Competition and the Patient-Centered Ethic,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 12 (1987): 85-99.