Professor George R. Lucas Jr.  

Dr. LucasClass of 1984 Distinguished Chair in Ethics

(410) 293-6142
grlucas@usna.edu
Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
U.S. Naval Academy
201-E Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-J), 112 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5022


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George Lucas is Class of 1984 Distinguished Chair in Ethics in the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis), and Professor of Ethics and Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA). He has taught at Georgetown University, Emory University, Randolph-Macon College, the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and served as Philosophy Department Chairman at the University of Santa Clara in California. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the American Council of Learned Societies, and has served three times (in 1986, 1990, and 2004) as director of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes for College and University Faculty.

A Summa cum Laude graduate in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and received the Sigma Xi Research Award in 1971 for his work in intermediate energy particle physics, published in The Physical Review (1973). Professor Lucas received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1978.

Lucas is the author of five books, more than forty journal articles, translations, and book reviews, and has also edited eight book-length collections of articles in philosophy and ethics. Among these titles are Anthropologists in Arms: the Ethics of Military Anthropology (AltaMira Press, 2009), Perspectives on Humanitarian Military Intervention (University of California Press, 2001), Lifeboat Ethics: the Moral Dilemmas of World Hunger (Harper & Row, 1976), Poverty, Justice, and the Law: Essays on Needs, Rights, and Obligations (UPA, 1986), The Rehabilitation of Whitehead: An Analytic and Historical Assessment of Process Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1989), and The Genesis of Modern Process Thought, which was named an "Outstanding Academic Selection" in 1983 by Choice. His essays and peer-reviewed scholarly articles have appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Journal of Military Ethics, the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, the International Journal of Applied Ethics, the Journal of Religion, the International Philosophical Quarterly, Smithsonian Interdisciplinary Studies, the Review of Metaphysics, the Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, Soundings, Process Studies, The Owl of Minerva, Tijdschrfit voor filosofie (Louvain, Belgium), and Ruch Filozoficzny Kwartalnik (the oldest philosophy journal in Poland).

Dr. Lucas is also co-editor (with Capt. Rick Rubel, U.S. Navy, retired) of the textbook, Ethics and the Military Profession: the Moral Foundations of Leadership, and a companion volume, Case Studies in Military Ethics, both published by Pearson Education (New York, 2004). These texts are used in core courses devoted to ethical leadership at the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and at Naval ROTC units at over 57 colleges and universities throughout the nation.

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