Last updated on: 7/6/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Edward Feser, PhD Biography

Title:
Instructor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“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
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • MA, Religion, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?