• Associate Professor of Philosophy


  • Bachelor of Arts, University California Berkeley, 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ California Los Angeles, 2003


Mr. Hall's principal interests are ethics, including applied ethics and bioethics, and political philosophy. He is currently working on the topics of abortion, the widely asserted moral distinction between killing and letting die, the ethical issues involved in property, and applied ethical topics such as punishment and gun control. He teaches a variety of courses in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. Before coming to Oberlin, Mr. Hall taught at UCLA, Yale, and the University of Vermont.

Recent papers include:

  • "Doing Harm, Allowing Harm, and Denying Resources", forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy
  • "Is there a Right to Bear Arms?", forthcoming in Public Affairs Quarterly
  • "Abortion, the Right to Life, and Dependence", Social Theory and Practice, 31 (2005), pp. 405-29.
  • "Life Extension and Creation: a Reply to Silverstein and Boonin", Journal of Social Philosophy, 35 (2004), pp. 485-92.