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.

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. 

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Selected Academic Publications

 

2019: “Human Lives Matter: Reflections on Human Exceptionalism” in Paul Copan and Wes Jamison (eds), The Biblical Case for Eating Animals (Castle Quay, forthcoming) [NEW]
2019: “There is Nothing Wrong with Eating Meat
in Paul Copan and Wes Jamison (eds), The Biblical Case for Eating Animals (Castle Quay, forthcoming) [NEW]
2018: “A Moral Defense of Trophy Hunting
Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy (forthcoming)
2018: “The Moral Case for Concealed Carry on Campus
Academic Questions 31:4 
2018: “The Case for Marijuana Prohibition
Ethics & Medicine 35:1 (forthcoming) 
2018: “The Moral Case for Gun Ownership” 
in Bob Fischer (ed), Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues that Divide Us (Oxford University Press, 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: “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

 

2019: ““Let the One Who Has No Sword Buy One”: The Christian Case for Carrying FirearmsFree Thinking Ministries [NEW]
2019: “Almost Everything You Know About Alcohol Prohibition Is WrongThe Federalist [NEW]
2019: “7 Arguments For Legalizing Marijuana That No One Should BelieveThe Federalist [NEW]
2018: “The Moral Case for Corporal PunishmentWhat’s Wrong?  
2018: “Don’t Legalize ItArc Digital 
2018: “Natural Rights, Self-Defense, and the Right to Own FirearmsPublic Discourse
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: “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