Arthur Ward, Ph.D.

Arthur  Ward
  • Academic Specialist
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Holmes Hall, W-25B
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 884-8768


Arthur Ward is a philosopher who teaches courses on bioethics, artificial intelligence, the philosophy of biology and medicine, and more. His research has been on concepts of function and malfunction in biology, and how functional norms can seep into ethical theory. He also does active research on teaching pedagogy and faculty peer observation. He served as chair of the LBC committee for inclusivity from 2014-2018, and in 2019 won an Excellence in Diversity Award from the university. In 2017 he was given an “Outstanding Faculty Award” by the ASMSU senior class council.


  • Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
  • M.A. Bowling Green State University 
  • B.A. Bates College


  • History and Philosophy of Neuroscience Drugs: Identity, Freedom, Responsibility, and Politics
  • Intercultural Bioethics: The “Self” as a Medical Subject
  • Introduction to Bioethics Health and Medicine: Saving Lives, Taking Lives, and Making Lives
  • Senior Seminar: Drugs in philosophy, psychiatry, and policy
  • Senior Seminar: Malfunction in Biology, Psychiatry, and Technology
  • Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • Philosophy of Technology

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Diversity Award, Michigan State University 2018
  • Fellow, SUTL Teaching Mentorship Program 2017-18
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, ASMSU Senior Class Council 2017
  • Lyman Briggs Faculty Award 2017
  • Fellow, Walter and Pauline Adams Academy, Michigan State University 2016-17


  • “The Creationism and Evolution Debate in America” A Companion to the History of American Science. Largent, M. and G. Montgomery eds. Blackwell (2015)
  • "Trouble for Natural Design" Origins of Design in Nature. Gordon, R., L. Stillwaggon Swan & J. Seckbach, Eds. Springer (2012)
  • "Against Formal Causation in Non-Conscious Nature" Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy. Vol 14 (2011)
  • “Free Will And Foreknowledge: Does Jon Really Know What Laurie Will do Next and Can She do Otherwise?” in Watchmen and Philosophy edited by Mark D. White, Wiley (2009)