Stephen Campbell

  • Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan
  • M.B.E. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. Texas A&M University
  • B.A. University of Tennessee-Martin

Teaching Interests

Ethics, Healthcare Ethics, Philosophy of Disability, Philosophy of Technology

Research Interests

Ethical Theory, Bioethics, Well-being, Philosophy of Disability, Philosophy of Technology

Bio

Stephen M. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University. His current research centers around issues in ethical theory, bioethics, philosophy of disability, and philosophy of technology. He has published numerous articles in philosophy and bioethics journals and currently serves as the Well-Being category editor for the international database PhilPapers. In addition to Bentley, he has held academic positions or fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Coe College, and University of Pennsylvania.

Publications

Journal Articles


  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. A. (2022). Expressed Ableism. Ergo, (9) 60 1627-58. (Link)
  • Rulli, T., Campbell, S. M. (2022). Can 'My Body, My Choice' Anti-Vaxxers Be Pro-Life?. Bioethics, (36) 6 708-14.
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J., Wasserman, D. (2021). How to (Consistently) Reject the Options Argument. Utilitas, (33) 237-45.
  • Campbell, S. M., Nyholm, S., Walter, J. K. (2021). Disability and the Goods of Life. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, (46) 704-28.
  • Campbell, S. M. (2020). Well-Being and the Good Death. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, (23) 607-23.
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. A. (2017). The Complicated Relationship of Disability and Well-Being. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, (27) 151-84. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M., Ulrich, C. M., Grady, C. (2016). A Broader Understanding of Moral Distress. American Journal of Bioethics, (16) 12 2-9. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M., Ulrich, C. M., Grady, C. (2016). Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "A Broader Understanding of Moral Distress". American Journal of Bioethics, (16) 12 W1-W3. (Link)
  • Nyholm, S., Campbell, S. M. (2016). When Is Deep Brain Stimulation a Medical Benefit, and What Is Required for Consent?. American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, (7) 3 150-52.
  • Campbell, S. M., Wahlert, L. (2015). Is Disability Conservationism Rooted in Status Quo Bias?. American Journal of Bioethics, (15) 6 20-22. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2015). When the Shape of a Life Matters. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, (18) 565-75. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M., Nyholm, S. (2015). Anti-Meaning and Why It Matters. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, (1) 4 694-711. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). Standards for an Account of Children’s Well-Being. American Journal of Bioethics, (14) 9 19-20. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). An Analysis of Prudential Value. Utilitas, (25) 3 334-54. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2009). The Surprise Twist in Hume’s Treatise. Hume Studies, (35) 1 & 2 103-34. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2007). Hare on Possible People. Journal of Applied Philosophy, (24) 4 408-24.

    Book Chapters


  • Nyholm, S., Campbell, S. M. (2022). Meaning and Anti-Meaning in Life In , (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life. 277-91. Forthcoming.
  • Campbell, S. M., Wasserman, D. (2020). A Symmetrical View of Disability and Enhancement In David Wasserman, Adam Cureton, (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability. Oxford University Press
  • Stramondo, J., Campbell, S. M. (2020). Causing Disability, Causing Non-Disability: What’s the Moral Difference? In David Wasserman, Adam Cureton, (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability. Oxford University Press
  • Wasserman, D., Campbell, S. M. (2017). A More "Inclusive" Approach to Enhancement and Disability In Jessica Flanigan, Terry Price, (Eds.) The Ethics of Ability and Enhancement. 25-38. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2016). The Concept of Well-Being In , (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being. London: Routledge (Link)
  • Nyholm, S., Campbell, S. M. (). Meaning and Anti-Meaning in Life In Iddo Landau, (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life. Oxford University Press

  • Book Reviews


  • Campbell, S. M., Gorin, M. (2022). [Review of the book Good Ethics and Bad Choices: The Relevance of Behavioral Economics for Medical Ethics ]. Ethics, (132) 4
  • Campbell, S. M., Nyholm, S. (2017). [Review of the book Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World ]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M., Nyholm, S. (2017). [Review of the book The Ethics of Human Enhancement ]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. A. (2016). [Review of the book The Minority Body ]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. (Link)

  • Other(s)


  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. A. (2016). Disability and Well-Being: Appreciating the ComplicationsAmerican Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, (16) 35-37. (Link)
  • Campbell, S. M. (2015). Ethics and Ethical Theories: A Brief IntroductionUniversity of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine's Bioethics and Professionalism Curriculum.
  • Presentations

  • Stramondo, J., Campbell, S. M. (2023). “The Ethics of Choosing Disability” Presented at the Georgetown University Disability Studies Program Colloquium
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. A. (2021). “Restricted Options and Open Futures” Presented at the Harvard University Edmund J. Safra Center Fellows-in-Residence Seminar
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2021). “Ableist Attitudes” Presented at the Bentley University Philosophy Department Colloquium
  • Campbell, S. M., Ulrich, C. M. (2020). “Beyond the Traditional (Narrow) View of Moral Distress” Presented at the Milwaukee School of Engineering UNESCO World Bioethics Day conference
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2020). “Why We Should Reject the Restricted Options Argument” Presented at the International Association of Bioethics Annual Meeting
  • Campbell, S. M. (2019). “Should We Preserve, Revise, Reframe, or Abandon the Concept of Moral Distress?” Presented at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting
  • Campbell, S. M. (2017). “Disability and the Goods of Life” Presented at the Bentley University Philosophy Department Lecture
  • Campbell, S. M. (2017). “Disability and the Goods of Life” Presented at the Purdue University Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science series
  • Campbell, S. M. (2016). “The Good Death” Presented at the Syracuse University 12th Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network (SPAWN)
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2016). “The Ethics of Choosing Disability” Presented at the Yale University Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics
  • Campbell, S. M. (2016). “The Ethics of Creating People with Disabilities” Presented at the University of Tennessee at Martin Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities
  • Campbell, S. M. (2016). “Well-Being” Presented at the University of Tennessee at Martin Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2016). “Disability, Well-Being, and the Complicated Question of Neutrality” Presented at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Annual Meeting
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2015). “Disability, Well-Being, and the Complicated Question of Neutrality” Presented at the University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania Workshop on "Choosing Disability"
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2015). “Disability, Well-Being, and the Complicated Question of Neutrality” Presented at the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) Panel on Choosing Disability
  • Campbell, S. M., Stramondo, J. (2015). “Disability, Well-Being, and the Complicated Question of Neutrality” Presented at the University of Kansas Kansas Well-Being Workshop
  • Campbell, S. M. (2015). “The Ethics of Creating People with Disabilities” Presented at the University of Tennessee at Martin Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities
  • Campbell, S. M. (2015). “Well-Being” Presented at the University of Tennessee at Martin Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities
  • Campbell, S. M. (2015). “The Good Death” Presented at the Bentley University Department of Philosophy
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). “Concepts of Well-Being” Presented at the University of Kansas Kansas Well-Being Workshop
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). “The Good Death” Presented at the University of Colorado at Boulder Center for Values and Social Policy
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). “Concepts of Well-Being” Presented at the University of Colorado at Boulder Well-Being Seminar
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). “The Good Death” Presented at the University of California at Davis Department of Philosophy
  • Campbell, S. M. (2014). “The Good Death” Presented at the Coe College Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “The Goods and Evils of Death” Presented at the Western Michigan University WMU Medical Humanities Conference
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “The Goods and Evils of Death” Presented at the University of South Carolina Three Rivers Philosophy Conference on Death
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “When the Shape of a Life Matters” Presented at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Annual Meeting
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “The Goods and Evils of Death” Presented at the Southern Methodist University Workshop on Well-Being and Ill-Being
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “When Death Is Bad for Us” Presented at the Dickinson College Department of Philosophy
  • Campbell, S. M. (2013). “When Death Is Bad for Us” Presented at the Wellesley College Department of Philosophy
  • Campbell, S. M. (2012). “When Death Is Bad for Us” Presented at the Coe College Faculty-Student Common Hour
  • Campbell, S. M. (2012). “How Not to Solve the Prudential Timing Puzzle” Presented at the Drake University Iowa Philosophical Society
  • Campbell, S. M. (2012). “Death and the Appealing Life” Presented at the Hastings Center Colloquium
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Coordinator for Philosophy Department Academic Talks 2022 - Present
  • Coordinator for Philosophy Department Assurance of Learning Initiative 2019 - Present
  • Departmental Hiring Committee Member 2023 - 2024
  • Departmental Hiring Committee Member 2021 - 2022
  • Assistant Coordinator for Philosophy Department Assurance of Learning Initiative 2017 - 2019
  • Departmental Hiring Committee Member 2017 - 2018
  • Philosophy 101 Film Series Coordinator 2016 - 2018
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Bentley Learning and Teaching Council 2023 - Present
  • Member for Center for Health and Business 2023 - Present
  • Coordinator for the Liberal Studies Major Ethics and Social Responsibility concentration 2019 - Present
  • Guest speaker: ID399 on privacy and ethics; GLS 298 on enhancement; PH 160 on disability and enhancement; EMS 359 on disability and passing 2018 - Present
  • Advisor for the Liberal Studies Major Ethics and Social Responsibility concentration 2017 - Present
  • LGBTQ Faculty Ally 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for Bentley Diversity Intensive Committee 2018 - 2022
  • Guest speaker for GLS 298 on enhancement 2020 - 2020
  • Instructor for a pilot core curriculum course 2020 - 2020
  • Lead Faculty Member on a faculty design team for a pilot core curriculum course 2019 - 2020
  • Organizer for multiple campus-wide speaker/film events 2018 - 2019
  • Participant in New Faculty Orientation lunch 2019 - 2019
  • First-Year Advisor 2016 - 2017
  • Professional Service


  • Well-Being Category Editor for PhilPapers 2012 - Present
  • Reviewer for American Philosophical Quarterly, Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Environmental Values, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of Philosophy of Disability, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Oxford University Press, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Ratio, Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting, Theoria, Utilitas 2011 - Present
  • Organizer of Ethics Discussion Group for Harvard EJ Safra Center for Ethics Fellows Program 2020 - 2021
  • Guest speaker for a disability course at University of Puget Sound 2019 - 2019
  • Lecturer for Yale University's Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics 2012 - 2019
  • Program selection referee for the University of Edinburgh Workshop on Prudential Value 2018 - 2018
  • Co-organizer of a panel discussion on “Choosing Disability” for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting 2015 - 2015
  • Co-organizer of an interdisciplinary workshop on “Choosing Disability” at the University of Pennsylvania 2015 - 2015
  • Program selection committee member for the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying conference 2014 - 2014