|Alec D. Walen
Associate Professor, jointly appointed in Law, Philosophy and Criminal Justice
|B.A. University of Maryland
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
|Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Law|
|Research and Professional Activities|
|"My work is centrally concerned with understanding the nature of deontology and the way it limits and draws on consequentialist considerations. I work on this project on two levels. On the level of moral philosophy, I am working on a series of papers that explore two themes: (1) the structure of rights and (2) deontological significance of intentions. On the level of legal theory, I explore this interest in the context of national security law, criminal law, and constitutional law, and am currently working on a book, the working title of which is "Detention in a Liberal State" (Under Contract at Oxford University Press)."|
“Agents, Impartiality, and the Priority of Claims over Duties; Diagnosing Why Thomson Still Gets the Trolley Problem Wrong by Appeal to the ‘Mechanics of Claims,’” Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (2012): 545-571 DOI: 10.1163/174552412X628959.
"A Punitive Precondition for Preventive Detention: Lost Status as an Element of a Just Punishment," San Diego Law Review 48 (2011): 1229-1272.
"A Unified Theory of Detention, with Application to Preventive Detention fo rSuspected Terrorists," Maryland Law Review 70 (2011): 871-938.
"The Doctrine of Illicit Intentions," Philosophy and Public Affairs 34 (2006): 39-67.