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Edward Feser, PhD Biography

Instructor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The claim that disenfranchising felons is wrong because the right to vote is basic an inalienable… is no more convincing. Obviously the right is not basic and inalienable in any legal sense, since the laws banning murderers, thieves, and other wrongdoers from voting have stood for a long time…

If the right to vote is as precious as felon advocates claim… we should expect people to uphold at least some minimum moral standards in order to keep it — such as refraining from violating their fellow voters’ own inalienable rights.”

City Journal, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Instructor, Philosophy, Pasadena City College, Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • Former Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • MA, Religion, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, California State University, Fullerton
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Quoted in:
  1. Are Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions a Form of Racial Discrimination?