Mylan Engel Jr.


Mylan Engel Jr.
Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Office: Zulauf 901


The Moral Rights of Animals, co-editor (with Gary Comstock). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

The Philosophy of Animal Rights: A Brief Introduction for Students and Teachers, with Kathie Jenni. New York: Lantern Books, 2010.

Articles and Book Chapters

"What Ontological Arguments Don't Show," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2019).

"Demystifying Animal Rights," Between the Species 21 (2018): 178-196.

"The Commonsense Case for Ethical Vegetarianism," Between the Species 19 (2016): 2-31.

"Vegetarianism,” in The Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics," edited by Henk ten Have. Dordrecht: Springer 2016.

"Positism: The Unexplored Solution to the Epistemic Regress Problem," Metaphilosophy 45 (2014): 146-160.

"Coherentism and the Epistemic Justification of Moral Beliefs: A Case Study in How to Do Practical Ethics without Appeal to a Moral Theory," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (2012): 50-74.

"The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation," in The Ethics of Animal Research: Exploring the Controversy, ed. Jeremy Garrett, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012): 215-236.

"Epistemic LuckInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (September 10, 2011)

“Examined Lives: Teaching Human-Animal Studies in Philosophy,” with Kathie Jenni, in Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies across the Disciplines, ed. Margo DeMello (New York: Lantern Books, 2010).

“Epistemic Luck,” in A Companion to Epistemology, Second Edition, eds. Jonathan Dancy, Ernest Sosa, and Matthias Steup (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010): 336-340.  

“Zebras and Cleverly Disguised Mules,” in A Companion to Epistemology, Second Edition, eds. Jonathan Dancy, Ernest Sosa, and Matthias Steup (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010): 788-793.  

Ethical Extensionism” entry in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Detroit, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008): 396-398.  

Paul Warren Taylor” entry in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Vol. 2  (Detroit, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008): 302-304.  

“Tierethik, Tierrechte, und moralische Integrität” [“Animal Rights, Animal Ethics, and Moral Integrity”], Tierrechte: Eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung (Erlangen, Germany : Harald Fischer Verlag, 2007): 105-133.  

“9/11 and Starvation,” in The Right Thing to Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy, Fourth Edition, ed. Stuart Rachels (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2007): 135-137.  

A Noncontextualist Account of Contextualist Linguistic Data,” Acta Analytica 20(2) (2005): 56-79.  

“The Equivocal or Question-Begging Nature of Evil Demon Arguments for External World Skepticism,” Southwest Philosophy Review 21 (2005): 163-178.  

What’s Wrong with Contextualism, and a Noncontextualist Resolution of the Skeptical ParadoxErkenntnis 61 (2004): 203-231.  

“Hunger, Duty, and Ecology: What We Owe Starving Humans” in Environmental Ethics: Readings in Theory and Application, Fourth Edition, ed. Louis Pojman (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2005): 426-441.  

“Theism and Inscrutable Evil: Why Wyksta’s ‘Beyond Our Ken’ Maneuver Fails to Solve the Real Evidential Problem of Evil,” in Wissen und Glauben/Knowledge and Belief: Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium (2004): 408-414.

Taking Hunger Seriously,” Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 (2004): 29-57.

“The Consistency Argument for Ethical Vegetarianism: Why YOU Are Committed to the Immorality of Eating Meat and Other Animal Products,” in Global Ethics, eds. Wyatt Galusky, A. Garner, et al. (Dubuque, Iowa:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2002): 149-169.

The Mere Considerability of Animals,” Acta Analytica 16 (2001): 89-107.

“Why YOU Are Committed to the Immorality of Eating Meat,” in Social and Personal Ethics, 4th Edition, ed. William Shaw (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2002): 212-221.

Internalism, the Gettier Problem, and Metaepistemological Skepticism,” Grazer Philosophische Studien 60 (2000): 99-117.

The Immorality of Eating Meat,” in The Moral Life, ed. Louis Pojman (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000): 856-889.

“The Possibility of Maximal Greatness Examined:  A Critique of Plantinga’s Modal Ontological Argument,” Acta Analytica, No. 19 (1997): 117-128.

“Coarsening Brand on Events, While Proliferating Davidsonian Events,” Grazer Philosophische Studien 47 (1994): 155-183.

The Problem of Other Minds: A Reliable Solution,” Acta Analytica, No. 11, (1993): 87-108.  

Is Epistemic Luck Compatible with Knowledge?”, The Southern Journal of Philosophy 30 (1992): 59-75.  

Personal and Doxastic Justification in Epistemology,” Philosophical Studies 67 (1992): 133-150.  

“Russellizing Russell: A Reply to His ‘A Critique of Lehrer’s Coherentism’,” Philosophical Studies 66 (1992): 99-108.  

Inconsistency: The Coherence Theorist’s Nemesis?”, Grazer Philosophische Studien 40 (1991):  113-130.  

“Coherentism Reliabilized,” Acta Analytica, No. 2 (1986): 49-77.  

Contributor to Teaching Theory of Knowledge, ed. Marjorie A. Clay, published by The Council for Philosophical Studies (1986): pp. 44-45 and 134.  

“The Kiefer Argument” with Wolfgang Gombocz, Proceedings of the 8th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Part 2 (1983): 131-134.  

Review Articles

"Bernstein on Moral Status and the Comparative Value of Lives," Journal of Animal Ethics 7 (2017): 204-213

"Colb and Dorf on Abortion and Animal Rights," Between the Species 20 (2017): 100-122.

Book Reviews

Review of Randall Curren’s and Ellen Metzger’s Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017, 282 pp., in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2018.01.37).

Review of Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics, Third Edition, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 337 pp., in American Journal of Bioethics11(12), 73-75 (2011).

Review of Michael J. Murray’s Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, 209 pp., in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2009.02.33).  

Review of Lawrence Bonjour’s In Defense of Pure Reason: A Rationalist Account of A Priori Justification, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1998, in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 39 (Winter 2000): 163-167.  

Selected Commentaries  

"Resuscitating Consequentialism: A Reply to Ku, Nye, and Plunket's 'Fitting Attitudes, Reasons for Action, and the Rejection of Consequentialism'," Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 8, 2008.  

"Buddhist Reflections at Sea Level: A Response to Goldberg's 'I Want My Beef'," Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis, TN, February 18, 2005.

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