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Department of Philosophy

Meet faculty and staff in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Denver.

Faculty and Staff

Candace Upton

 Candace Upton

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor
Sturm Hall 262
Phone: 303-871-2761

Areas of expertise/Research interests

  • Moral Psychology
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Ethical Theory
  • Metaethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Ancient Greek Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Logic

Professional biography

An associate professor of philosophy at the University of Denver, Candace L. Upton specializes in moral psychology, virtue ethics, ethical theory, metaphysics, and logic.

She has served as an interviewee/advisor for a number of institutions, including NPR, KUSA, KWGN, KOA radio, Westword, and Denver's 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

She is currently working on her second book.


PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
BA, University of Northern Colorado

Courses taught

  • Virtue Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Morality and the Law
  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Practical Logic
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Ancient Greek Ethics
  • Ethics, Individuals and the Law
  • Informed Consent
  • Metaphysics and the Disunity of Science
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • A Study in Dispositions


  • "Meditation and the Scope of Mental Action," co-written with Michael Brent, Philosophical Psychology, forthcoming.
  • "Meditation and the Cultivation of Virtue," Philosophical Psychology 30 (2017), 373-397.
  • "The Empirical Argument Against Virtue," The Journal of Ethics 20 (2016), 355-371.
  • Review of Christian Miller's Moral Character: An Empirical Theory (OUP, 2013) and Character and Moral Psychology (OUP, 2014). Mind 124 (2015), 656-663.
  • Review of Mark Alfano's Character as Moral Fiction (CUP, 2013). Ethics 124 (2014), 598-602.
  • "What Virtues are There?," The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, ed. Stan van Hooft. (Acumen Publishers, 2013), 165-176.
  • Situational Traits of Character: Dispositional Foundations and Implications for Moral Psychology and Friendship (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).
  • Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate, ed. Candace L. Upton. The Journal of Ethics 13 (2009) 101-289.
  • "The Structure of Character," The Journal of Ethics 13 (2009), 175-193.
  • "Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate," The Journal of Ethics 13 (2009), 103-115.
  • "Context, Character, and Consequentialist Friendships," Utilitas 20 (2008), 334-347.
  • "Virtue Ethics, Character, and Normative Receptivity," Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (2008), 51-66.
  • "A Contextual Account of Character Traits," Philosophical Studies 122 (2005), 133-151.
  • Review of John Doris's Lack of Character (CUP, 2002), The Journal of Value Inquiry 39 (2005), 507-512.
  • Review of Paul Sheldon Davies' Norms of Nature: Naturalism and the Nature of Functions (MIT Press, 2001). Essays in Philosophy 5 (2004), Iss. 1, Article 42