Philosophy

Meet the Faculty

Herman T. Tavani
Title: Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy Department Coordinator
Director, Liberal Studies Program 
Department: Philosophy
Degree(s) & Institution(s): B.A., M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., Temple University

Phone: (603) 897-8597; Email: htavani@rivier.edu

Specialties

• Computer/Information Ethics
• Public Health/Environmental Health Ethics
• Bio/Biotechnology Ethics
• Philosophy of Technology
• Ethical Theory/Metaethics

Background

Dr. Herman Tavani has authored or edited more than 100 publications, including five books (see below).  He is President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and previously served as INSEIT’s Co-Executive Director between 2001 and 2006. Professor Tavani has held appointments as a research fellow and visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, and he is currently a visiting scholar/ethicist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. A traveled speaker, he has delivered keynote addresses, invited talks, and scholarly papers at institutions in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
In recognition of his scholarly writing, Professor Tavani received the Catholic Library Association’s 2004 John Brubaker Memorial Award. He has been honored in Who's Who Among America's Teachers on multiple occasions for “making a difference as a college teacher,” and he recently received the 2008 ACM –SIGCAS (Association for Computing – Special Interest Group on Computers and Society) Outstanding Service Award for his leadership role in the SIGCAS organization and his contributions to the ACM quarterly publication Computers and Society. Professor Tavani is currently Book Review Editor of the journal Ethics and Information Technology and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and periodicals.


Academic Philosophy

Professor Tavani’s teaching strategies incorporate a variety of methodologies that include: lectures, class discussions, seminar activities, student reports/presentations, group work, textbook exercises, video programs, overhead transparencies and PowerPoint presentations, as well as the use of Internet and Web-based resources in class. Strategies and methods used in a particular class reflect the type and level of the course being taught.


Recent Books

Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology. John Wiley and Sons, 2004; xxvi + 344 pages. ISBN: 0-471-24966-1. Second Edition, 2007; xxxvi + 396 pages. ISBN: 0-471-99803-6. [The Web site for this book is available at: www.wiley.com/college/tavani.]

Ethics, Computing, and Genomics. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006; xix + 341 pages. ISBN: 0-7637-3620-1.

The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (co-edited with Kenneth Himma). John Wiley and Sons, 2008; xxxi = 671 pages. ISBN: 978-0-471-79959-7.

Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World: Theory and Practice. (co-edited with Richard Spinello). Idea Group/Information Science Publishing, 2005; iv + 281 pages. ISBN: 159140577-7.

Readings in CyberEthics. 2nd ed. (co-edited with Richard Spinello). Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2004; xviii + 697 pages. ISBN: 0-7637-2410-6.