Faculty Profile for Dr. Vaughn Bryan Baltzly

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Dr. Vaughn Bryan Baltzly
Associate Professor — Philosophy
Program Faculty — International Affairs
phone: (512) 245-3140

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Vaughn B. Baltzly is an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University. After completing graduate studies in philosophy and public policy, and before coming to Texas State, Vaughn spent six years employed by the U.S. federal government, working in both the executive and legislative branches.

Teaching Interests

Political Philosophy and Political Economy (i.e., Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)

Research Interests

Contemporary political philosophy (particularly accounts of "liberal neutrality") and applied ethics

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Baltzly, V. B. (2021). Trolleyology as First Philosophy: A Puzzle-Centered Approach to Introducing the Discipline. Teaching Philosophy, 44(4), 407–448. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5840/teachphil202141143
  • Baltzly, V. B. (2020). The Interpersonal Variability of Gustatory Sensation and the Prospects for an Alimentary Aesthetics. Intervalla: Platform for Intellectual Exchange, 7(1), 6–16. Retrieved from https://www.fus.edu/intervalla/volume-7-questions-of-taste
  • Baltzly, V. B. (2020). Concerning Publicized Goods (Or, the Promiscuity of the Public Goods Argument). Economics and Philosophy, 37(3), 376–394. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266267120000395
  • Baltzly, V. B. (2014). “Four Strikes for Pluralist Liberalism (and Two Cheers for Classical Liberalism).” Journal of Value Inquiry, 48(3).
  • Baltzly, V. B. (2012). “Same-sex Marriage, Polygamy, and Disestablishment.” Social Theory and Practice, 38(2).

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Lenssen Prize, American Association of Philosophy Teachers. March 18, 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Spring 2019, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Texas State chapter. April 9, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Rockefeller Prize, American Philosophical Association. December 29, 2014

Selected Service Activities

SMART Orchestra (the San Marcos community orchestra)
September 2023-Present
San Marcos High School Orchestra Boosters Club
August 2021-Present
University Leadership Assembly
October 2017-Present
Department of Philosophy Graduate Education Committee
September 2017-Present
Faculty Advisor / Coach
Texas State Ethics Bowl Team
September 2016-Present