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Donald Hubin

Donald  Hubin

Donald Hubin

Professor Emeritus - Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Ethics and Human Values


(614) 688-1620

350 University Hall
230 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Political & Social Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law


  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1978
  • M.A. University of Arizona, 1976
  • B.A. University of California, Davis, 1972

ResearchGate Profile

Professor Hubin was the founding Director of the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values and now serves on its Advisory Board. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. He has been on the faculty of the Philosophy Department at The Ohio State University since 1977, with a brief absence to serve as a Visiting Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983-84.

Professor Hubin specializes in ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy. He has worked on a variety of topics, including theories of distributive justice and the nature and justification of cost/benefit analysis under an NSF grant. He currently has two primary research interests: first, the nature of practical rationality and the relationship between morality and rationality; and, second, the nature and basis of parental rights and responsibilities. Selected publications on the first topic include: “Converging on Value,” Analysis, 59:4(1999)355-361; “Desires, Whims and Values,” The Journal of Ethics, 7(2003 )315-335; and, “The Groundless Normativity of Instrumental Rationality,” The Journal of Philosophy 98:9(2001)445–468. Selected publications on the second topic include: “Parental Rights and Due Process,” The Journal of Law and Family Studies, 1:2(1999)123–150; “Daddy Dilemmas: Untangling the Puzzles of Paternity,” The Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 13(2003)29-80;  "Reproductive Interests:  Puzzles at the Periphery of the Property Paradigm," Social Philosophy and Policy, 29(2012)106-25;  "Fatherhood," International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell, (2013), "Fractured Fatherhood," Journal of Family Theory & Review, 6(2014)76-90, and "Procreators' Duties: Sexual Asymmetries," Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics, (forthcoming 2016).

Professor Hubin served as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2006 through 2013 and from 2005 through 2015, served as an Associate Editor of Ethics, one of the two leading journals in moral philosophy in the world.