I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University. My primary research interests are in empirical approaches to moral psychology, moral debunking arguments, character, and virtue. I also teach a wide range of courses in value theory, including ethical theory, social ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics, as well as symbolic logic and UCOR 3000. I am also coach of the SPU ethics bowl team.
Current Courses: Fall 2019
PHI 2222Social Ethics
PHI 2999Ethics and the Arts
UCOR 3000Philosophy, Faith, and Science
Stichter, Matt and Leland Saunders (2019) “Positive psychology and virtue: Values in action,” The Journal of Positive Psychology, 14(1); 1-5.
Saunders, Leland F. (2018) “The Necessity of Moral Reasoning,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 52(1) pp. 37-57. DOI 10.1007/s10790-017-9601-1
Saunders, Leland F. (2016) “Reason and Emotion, Not Reason or Emotion in Moral Judgment,” Philosophical Explorations, 19 (3); 252-267.