John Corvino

John Corvino



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John Corvino

John Corvino, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His latest book, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (with counterpoint by Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis) is available in April 2017 from Oxford University Press. He is also the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? and the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage. His writing has appeared at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, the Huffington Post, The New Republic, and Commonweal, as well as in numerous academic anthologies and journals. An award-winning teacher, Corvino has spoken at over 200 campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics, and marriage.


Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, LGBT Studies


My research focuses mostly on ethical questions in the "culture wars." For many years, I worked on moral arguments for same-sex marriage and moral defenses of same-sex relationships; my current work is on emerging conflicts around religious liberty and discrimination. I also have interests in metaethics, and my dissertation was on the moral theory of the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A. St. John's University, New York
  • Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Currently Teaching

  • on leave Fall 2017 - Winter 2018


Courses taught

PHI 5800 Special Topics "Sex, Gender, and Religious Liberty" (3 cr.) Fall 2016, Fall 2017

PHI 1110 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr.) Winter 2017