Susan Dwyer
Associate Professor
AOS: AI & Ethics, Moral Psychology, Yoga Philosophy, Feminist Theory
Office: 1102B Skinner Building

Susan Dwyer (PhD, MIT) is Associate Professor of Philosophy. Her primary research falls into two categories: (1) how can moral psychology be pursued as a branch of cognitive science? and (2) how can academic philosophy help to improve public discourse on the controversial moral issues of our time? She is working on a book manuscript, entitled Inside Morality, in which she argues for an internalist conception of moral cognition. Dwyer was a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America, and has published on abortion, pornography, transitional justice and reconciliation, and moral psychology. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the International Journal of Transitional Justice. In addition, Dwyer is a Registered Yoga Teacher and regularly teaches a for-credit course, The Philosophy & Practice of Yoga, as well as studios in New Mexico. Most recently, she has returned to her long-standing interests in the philosophy and ethics of Artificial Intelligence. Between January 2016 and August 2020, Dwyer served as Executive Director of the Honors College.

Al Jazeera America Op-eds

Both sides of abortion debate need to talk more honestly April 25, 2015

Altruism can be all too effective January 23, 2015

What a difference 'yes' means for sex January 6,2015

Laws that keep abortion but out of reach fail moral test October 16, 2014

Would you like fries with your all-American gun fantasy? September 4, 2014 

The not-so-experimental ethics of Ebola August 13, 2014

Learning to live with 'love porn' June 16, 2014

Do children have a right to die? February 26, 2014

Munoz lesson: How the law fails us at the beginning and end of life January 26, 2014

Moral Psychology

Dwyer, S., B. Huebner, & M.D. Hauser. 2010. The Linguistic Analogy: Motivations, results, and speculations.Topics in Cognitive Science2: 486-510.

Dwyer, S. 2009. Moral Dumbfounding and the Linguistic Analogy: Implications for the Study of Moral Judgment. Mind & Language 24:274-296.

Huebner, B., S. Dwyer, & M.D. Hauser. 2009 The Role of Emotion in Moral Psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13: 1-6.

Dwyer, S. How Not to Argue that Morality Isn't Innate: Comment on Prinz. In Moral Psychology, Vol. 1, The Evolution of Morality: Adaptations and Innateness, edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge, MIT Press, 2007, pp. 894-914.


Dwyer, S. 2013. Abortion. InInternational Encyclopedia of Ethics,edited by Hugh La Follette. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Dwyer, S. & J. Feinberg (eds.) 1997.The Problem of Abortion, 3rd edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Free Speech

Dwyer, S. 2008. Censorship. InThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, edited by Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga. New york & London: Routledge, pp. 29-38.


Dwyer, S. 2008. Pornography. InThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, edited by Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga. New York & London: Routledge, pp. 515-526.

Dwyer, S. 2005. 'Enter Here' - At Your Own Risk: The Moral Dangers of Cyberporn". InThe Impact of the Internet on OUr Moral Lives, edited by Robert Cavalier. Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 69-94.