Marcus Arvan


(813) 257-3674



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

PH 211

Meet Marcus Arvan

Chair/Associate Professor, Philosophy


1998 Tufts University, B.A.
2008 University of Arizona, Ph.D.

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Courses Taught:

Introduction to Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Business Ethics
Social-Political Philosophy
Theories of Justice
International Justice
Human Rights
The Morality of War
Ancient Philosophy

Career Specialties:

Marcus Arvan specializes in moral and political theory. He has published two books, Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) and Neurofunctional Prudence and Morality: A Philosophical Theory (Routledge, 2020), defending a unified theory of prudence, morality and justice inspired by cognitive science. He has also published peer-reviewed journals on human rights, free will and the hypothesis that fundamental physics is best explained by the theory that the world is a computer simulation.

Professional and Community Activities:

Arvan has coached UT’s highly successful Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl debate teams, and served as education director of the UN Association of Tampa Bay. He has organized a variety of on-campus and off-campus events on human rights and justice, and owns The Philosophers’ Cocoon, a widely trafficked weblog that serves as a supportive forum for early-career philosophers.

Honors and Awards:

 2017 CAL Excellence in Teaching Award