John McGuire, Ph.D.

John McGuire, Ph.D.

  • Professor (Philosophy)
  • Rm. 750, International Building
  • Phone: +82-2-2220-2282
  • Fax:+82-2-2220-0282


John McGuire received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Queen’s University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. He is currently full Professor in the DIS. His principal academic interests lie in the philosophy of language and action, applied ethics, and critical thinking pedagogy. His writings have appeared in a variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and textbooks, and he has also written for popular magazines and newspapers. He is currently on the editorial board of journal of the Korean Medical Ethics Association.

Courses taught in the DIS:

  • DIS 101 – Contemporary Society and Philosophy
  • DIS 121 – Creative and Critical Thinking
  • DIS 248 – Debate and Argumentation
  • DIS 115 – Business and Environmental Ethics
  • DIS 118 – Global Ethics

Selected publications:

  • (2016) Can one decide to do something without forming an intention to do it? Analysis, 76(3).
  • (2016) Clarke’s account of the distinction between practical and cognitive decisions. Philosophical Analysis, 17(1).
  • (2016) The ethics of for-profit healthcare and medical tourism in South Korea. Korean Journal of Medical Ethics, 19(1).
  • (2014) Three ambiguities in the Knobe effect. Journal of Cognitive Science, 15(1).
  • (2012) Side-effect actions, acting for a reason, and acting intentionally. Philosophical Explorations, 15(3).
  • (2009) The right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment in South Korea: The case of Ms. Kim. The Korean Journal of Medical Ethics, 12(1).
  • (2007) Actions, reasons, and intentions: Overcoming Davidson’s ontological prejudice. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 46(3).
  • (2007) Why has the critical thinking movement not come to Korea? Asia Pacific Education Review, 8(2).
  • (2006) The globalization of higher education and bioethics in Korea. In P. Cam, R. A. Ibana, and P. Van Duc (Eds.) Philosophical Perspectives on Globalization. Seoul: The Korean National Commission for UNESCO.
  • (2006) Reflections on the propaganda model of the media. Chomskyan Studies, 1(1).
  • (2006) Revising the Korean bioethics and biosafety act: Should researchers be prohibited from donating oocytes? Korean Journal of Medical Ethics, 9(1).
  • (2004) Davidson on meaning and metaphor: A reply to Rahat. Philosophia, 32(3-4).
  • (2004) Cultural and ethical aspects of critical thinking pedagogy. In P. Cam (Ed.) Philosophical Issues in Educating for Democracy. Seoul: Korean National Commission for UNESCO.
  • (2004) Stem cell research, therapeutic cloning, and the ethics of embryo destruction. Journal of Philosophical Ideas, 43.
  • (2003) Davidson on metaphorical meaning: A reply to Stainton. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 42(2).
  • (2002) An analysis of the British and American policies on human cloning. Journal of the Korean Bioethics Association, 3(1).
  • (2001) The roots of our ethical crisis. Humanitas Asiatica, (2)1.
  • (2001) Philosophical themes in the Truman Show, Philosophy Now, 32. Reprinted in P. Paquette & L. Gini-Newman (Eds.) Philosophy 12: Questions and Theories. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • (2001). Teaching critical thinking in non-western contexts. Manusya: Journal for the Humanities (special issue: “Critical Thinking Across Asia”).
  • (2001) Prime time lecturers. The Philosopher’s Magazine, 15.
  • (2001) Sentence meaning, speaker meaning, and Davidson’s denial of metaphorical meaning. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 40(3).
  • (1999). Pictorial metaphors: A reply to Sedivy. Metaphor and Symbol, 14(4).