• Ph.D., Rice University
  • M.A., Rice University
  • B.A., St. Thomas University


  • Foundations of Reflection: Self
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Logic
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Film

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Metaethics
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Fictionalism
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy


Robert Boyd Skipper, Ph.D., was captivated by philosophy during his sophomore year in high school and has explored many topics over the course of his professional life. He believes that any area of study outside of philosophy must benefit from the methods and tools of philosophical reflection, and he coaxes students into adopting a probing, philosophical attitude toward whatever their majors may be. He enjoys great literature, great music, and great films, and he has stoutly refused to watch television since 1995. He permanently resides in the small Texas town of Wimberley, but lives in San Antonio during the week. Despite every well-meaning attempt to reform him, he remains hopelessly disorganized and defiantly inefficient.


 “Education and Bureaucracy,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 32(1): 57-76.

A Causal Theory of ‘About’, Dissertation, Rice University (1987).

“Mill and Pornography,” Ethics, 103 (4): 726–730.

“Ethical Codes Are Not Enough,” with Michael Hyman and Richard Tansey, Business Horizons 33 (2):15–22.

“On Measuring Ethical Judgments,” Journal of Business Ethics 12 (7): 535–545.

“Objects in Space as Metaphor for the Internet,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 9 (1): 83–88.

“Aliteracy in the Philosophy Classroom,” Teaching Philosophy 28 (3):261–276.

“The Blog-Assisted Seminar,” Teaching Philosophy 34 (2):119–132.

“Ethics and Cybersecurity on a College Campus,” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, (2015).

“The Nicomachean Engineer,” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, (2014).

“Virtual Virtues,” Ethical Inquiry through Video Game Play and Design: A Symposium, Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University (2011).

“Developing a Distance Learning and Online Strategy: A Case Study of a Small, Private University using the Hedgehog Approach” with Monica Parzinger, Carol Redfield, and Necia Wolff. 25th annual Information Systems Education Conference (2008).

“The Conflict between Business and Ethics,” New Mexico and West Texas Philosophical Society (1996).

“Money, the Environment, and the Hoarding of Wealth,” New Mexico and West Texas Philosophical Society (1995).

“Can Artifacts Have Interests?” New Mexico and West Texas Philosophical Society (1994).

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