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Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins, Cal Poly


Associate Professor

PHIL Major and Minor Advisor

Contact Information


  • Normative ethics (especially consequentialism)

  • Applied ethics (especially military ethics and emerging technology)

  • Social and political philosophy


  • 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

  • PHIL 323: Ethics, Science, and Technology

  • PHIL 328: Technologies and Ethics of War

  • PHIL 340: Environmental Ethics

Selected Publications

Edited Anthologies

  • Editor, "Who Should Die? The Ethics of Killing in War" (with Mike Robillard and BJ Strawser). Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

  • Editor, "Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence" (with Patrick Lin and Keith Abney). Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Selected Presentations

  • Panel Presentation, “Ethics of Autonomous Weapons.” McCain Conference. United States Naval Academy Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. Annapolis, MD. April 2017.

  • Participant. Plenary Panel, “National Science Foundation Project on Ethics and Cyber Warfare”. International Society of Military Ethics conference. Washington, DC. January, 2017.

  • “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.

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