The Department of Philosophy

"The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness."

~Arne Naess

Fred Harrington, Ph.D.


Fred Harrington
Predolin Humanities Center 327
(608) 663-3482


Fred Harrington, Ph.D., received his B.A. (Psychology and Human Nutrition) from The Ohio State University, an M.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.A. and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fred’s primary philosophical interests are in ethical theory, social and political philosophy, and bioethics. His current research is on the concept and metaphysical groundings of moral rights, with a particular focus on human rights. He has also presented papers in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Fred regularly teaches courses on ethics and critical thinking. Additionally, he has taught courses on health care ethics, the ethics of biotechnology, ethical theory, and philosophy of mind.