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Peter Seipel

Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department: Humanities
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7056
Office: Founders Hall 112
Office Hours: TR:9:30 am - 11:00 am, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm
Resources: Personal Website


Ph.D., Fordham University, 2016
M.A., Fordham University, 2011
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2008


Professor Seipel is an Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2016 and specializes in ethics.


“Philosophy, Famine Relief, and the Skeptical Challenge from Disagreement,” Ratio 29 (2016): 89-105.

“In Defense of the Rationality of Traditions,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45 (2015): 257-277.

“Nietzsche’s Perspectivism, Internal Reasons, and the Problem of Justification,” International Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2015): 49-65.

“Aquinas and the Natural Law: A Derivationist Interpretation of ST I-II Q. 94, A. 2,” Journal of Religious Ethics 43 (2015): 28-50.

“Tradition-Constituted Inquiry and the Problem of Tradition-Inherence,” The Thomist 78 (2014): 419-446.

“Is There Sufficient Common Ground to Resolve the Abortion Debate?” Journal of Value Inquiry 48 (2014): 517-531.

“Famine, Affluence, and Philosophers’ Biases,” Philosophical Studies 177 (2020): 2907-2926. 

“Moral Relativism,” in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Relativism, ed. Martin Kusch. London
and New York: Routledge (2020).

“Why Do We Disagree about Our Obligations to the Poor?” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 22 (2019): 121-136.