Brian K. Steverson


John L. Aram Professor of Business Ethics

Brian joined the SBA faculty in 2008.

B.S.: Francis Marion College 1984
M.A.: Tulane University 1987
Ph.D.: Tulane University 1991

Brief Biography

Dr. Steverson came to Gonzaga in 1992 after spending four years in the Philosophy Department of Xavier University of Louisiana located in New Orleans.  Until 2008, he was a member of the Philosophy Department in the College of Arts & Sciences before assuming the John L. Aram Chair in Business Ethics in the Fall of 2008.  He has been teaching Business Ethics and related courses for 22 years.  His current research interests are the relevance of contemporary work in the psychology of human happiness for the social contract approach to business ethics, the need to regard business management as a profession, and the development of a business ethics paradigm which treats businesses as inherently normative institutions.

Selected Publications

Vulnerable Values Argument for the Professionalization of Business Management, (Brian K. Steverson) Business & Professional Ethics Journal, vol. 31, issue 1, 2012, pp. 51-77

Steverson, B.K., Rutherford, M.W. & Buller, P.F.  (2013). “New Venture Legitimacy Lies and Ethics: An Application of Social Contract Theory”.  Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship, Vol 3(1), 73-92.

Contextualism and Norton's Convergence Hypothesis, (Brian K. Steverson) Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy, Mar-09

Biogeography and Evolutionary Emotivism, (Brian K. Steverson) Ethics, Place, & Environment, Mar-08, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 33-48

Review of Joseph Raz, The Practice of Value, (Brian K. Steverson) Philosophy of Review, 2007