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Justin Bernstein

B.A. in Philosophy, Vassar College, 2006

M.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010

Presentations

"Does Reasonable Distrust of the Government Justify Vaccine Exemptions?" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress X, August 2017 (Poster)

Commentary on George Sher's "The Consciousness of a Conservative" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress X, August 2017

"Can the State Require you to Get Vaccinated?" University of Pennsylvania Bioethics Bootcamp, June 2017; Philadelphia, PA.

"Political Legitimacy, Instrumentalism, and the Baseline Objection" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress IX, August 2016; Boulder, CO. (Poster)

Commentary on George Sher's "How Bad is it to be Dominated?" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress IX, August 2016; Boulder, CO.

Commentary on Jason Brennan's "A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccines" American Philosophical Association, Eastern, January 2016; Washington D.C.

"Kantian Rationalism and the Groundwork Strategy" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress VI, August 2013; Boulder, CO. (Poster)

Commentary on Stephen Henderson and Kelly Sorenson's "Search, Seizure, and Immunity: Second-Order Normative Authority and Rights" Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress VI, August 2013; Boulder, CO.

"Critical Reflections on Martha Nussbaum's Political Liberalism" University of Memphis Graduate Student Conference, February 2012; Memphis, TN.

"Constitutivism and the Possibility of Error" Brandeis Graduate Student Conference, April 2011; Waltham, MA. 

Awards

Committee on Democracy, Constitutional and Citizenship Graduate Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017)

University of Pennsylvania Dissertation Completion Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017, declined)

University of Pennsylvania Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence (University of Pennsylvania, 2014-2015)

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014)

Ordan Prize, Given for General Excellence in Philosophy with an Expectation of a Career in Teaching (Vassar College, 2006)

Nochlin Prize, Given for an Exceptionally Good Senior Thesis in Philosophy (Vassar College, 2006)

Advisors

Committee Supervisor: Alexander Guerrero 

Committee Members: Samuel Freeman, Kok-Chor Tan, Errol Lord

Research Interests

Social/Political Philosophy

Normative Ethics

Biomedical Ethics

Selected Publications

"The Case Against Libertarian Arguments for Compulsory Vaccination" in Journal of Medical Ethics (Published Online April 21, 2017) 

(with C.M. Melenovsky) "Why Free Market Rights are Not Basic Liberties," The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 49 Iss. 1 (2014)