William H Shaw Author of Evaluating Organization Development

William H Shaw

professor of philosophy
San Jose State University

Bill Shaw is professor of philosophy at San Jose State University, where he teaches--among other things--ethics, philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and business ethics. Long interested in utilitarian and consequentialist ethical theories, Bill began writing about the ethics of war after recently spending a year as a visiting fellow at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Subjects: Philosophy


William H. Shaw (A.B., Stanford; Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science) is professor of philosophy at San Jose State University, where he was chair of the philosophy department for eleven years and the University’s 1998-99 President’s Scholar. Bill served for two years as the resident director of the California State University system’s study abroad program at the University of Zimbabwe. He has been a visiting professor or research fellow at the University of Michigan, the Freie Universität Berlin, the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), and the University of Hong Kong. In addition to essays in a variety of professional journals, he is the author of Marx’s Theory of History (Stanford 1978), Moore on Right and Wrong: The Normative Ethics of G.E. Moore (Kluwer 1995), Contemporary Ethics: Taking Account of Utilitarianism (Blackwell 1999), Business Ethics, 9th ed. (Wadsworth/ Cengage 2017), and (with Vincent Barry), Moral Issues in Business, 13th ed. (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016). He has edited or co-edited six books, including Philosophy of Law, 5th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2010), and Social and Personal Ethics, 8th ed. (Wadsworth/ Cengage 2014). Bill is married to the anthropologist Carolyn Martin Shaw and lives outside Santa Cruz, California.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    ethical theory, applied ethics, business ethics, philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, Marxism