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Ethics Group

Cal Poly's Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group focuses on the implications and impact of emerging sciences and technologies.
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Ryan Jenkins

Assistant Professor


  • Normative ethics (especially consequentialism)
  • Applied ethics (especially military ethics and emerging technology)
  • Social and political philosophy

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder
  • B.A., Florida State University

Courses taught

  • PHIL 231: Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 322: Philosophy of Technology

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • “What’s the perfect driverless car? It depends who you ask”. TEDxCal Poly. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. October, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Autonomous Vehicles Ethics & Law: Towards an Overlapping Consensus”. New America Foundation “Digital Industries Initiative” roundtable series. September, 2016.
  • Panel Moderator, “Ethical and Social Implications of Automated Vehicles: Values and Weights.” Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016. San Francisco, California, July, 2016.
  • Participant, “Cyberwar, Ethics, and International Humanitarian Law” workshop hosted by International Committee of the Red Cross. Geneva, Switzerland, May, 2014.
  • “Is Stuxnet Physical? Does It Matter?” Distinguished Speakers Series. United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, April, 2013.
  • “Don’t Fear the Reapers: A Moral Argument for Drone Strikes”. Think! Talk, University of Colorado. November, 2014. Public philosophy lecture series.
  • “The Criterion of Right Intention and the Ends of War” (with Duncan Purves). International Society for Military Ethics 2014 Conference, South Bend, IN, October, 2014.
  • “A rule-consequentialist in bello moral code”. Inaugural Conference on the Ethics of War in the 21st Century, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, Stockholm, Sweden. May, 2014.

Selected Media Articles

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