About me

I’m a philosophy and humanities professor at Grantham University and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Park University and Johnson County Community College. Previously, I taught at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. I hold a master’s degree in philosophy from Florida State University. I’m currently working towards a PhD in philosophy at the University of Reading, where my dissertation (supervised by David Oderberg) will focus on a natural rights approach to self-defense.

My teaching and research interests are in applied ethics, social philosophy, and environmental ethics. Within these areas, my scholarly work draws on the resources of classical natural law theory to defend a broadly libertarian-conservative approach to the controversial moral issues of our time. I also have occasional interests in the philosophy of religion, specifically in natural theology. My long-term research goal is to write at least one academic article on every issue that leftists are wrong about.

Check out my CV for a full list of my published works. I am the category editor for the PhilPapers section on gun control and an executive editor of Ordered Liberty, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the free and unfettered exchange of ideas amongst conservative thinkers and their critics. I am also a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (but not the Society of Christian Philosophers, due to their disgraceful treatment of Richard Swinburne) and the National Association of ScholarsYou can find me on Facebook and Academia.edu.

When I’m not teaching or attending to scholarly duties, you can find me shooting guns or playing Minecraft and Overwatch. I attend Southpoint Church of Christ in Kansas City, Missouri. (Despite my heavily Thomistic tendencies, I’m proudly Protestant)

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Selected Academic Publications

2018: “A Moral Defense of Trophy HuntingSport, Ethics, and Philosophy (forthcoming) [NEW]
2018: “The Moral Case for Concealed Carry on CampusAcademic Questions 31:4 (forthcoming) [NEW]
2018: “The Case for Marijuana ProhibitionEthics & Medicine 35:1 (forthcoming) [NEW]
2018: “The Moral Case for Gun Ownership
Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues that Divide Us (forthcoming)
2017: “Why Recreational Drug Use is Immoral
The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 17:4
2017: “The Perverted Faculty Argument
Philosophia Christi 19:1
2017: “Industrial Farming is Not Cruel to Animals
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 30:1
2017: “The Ethics of ‘Gun-Free Zones‘”
Philosophia 45:2
2016: “Against Moderate Gun Control
(with C’Zar Bernstein) Libertarian Papers 8:2
2016: “Consenting Adults, Sex, and Natural Law Theory
Philosophia
44:2
2015: “The Moral Right to Keep and Bear Firearms
(with C’Zar Bernstein and Matt Palumbo) Public Affairs Quarterly 29:4
2015: “In Defense of Eating Meat
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
28:2

 

Selected Popular Articles

2018: “The Moral Case for Corporal PunishmentWhat’s Wrong?  [NEW]
2018: “Don’t Legalize ItArc Digital [NEW]
2018: “Natural Rights, Self-Defense, and the Right to Own FirearmsPublic Discourse [NEW]
2018: “How to Spot Misleading Statistics in the Gun Control DebateFoundation for Economic Education
2018: “The Moral Problem with Most Gun-Free ZonesFoundation for Economic Education 
2018: “Thinking Clearly About Immigration
Public Discourse
2018: “No One Has a ‘Right’ to Immigrate Into the United States
The Federalist
2018: “The Libertarian Case for Drug Prohibition
Public Discourse

Miscellaneous Writings

The Thomistic Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

No God, No Evil

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
Grantham University
16025 W 113th Street
Lenexa, KS 66219
thsiao@grantham.edu