• Professor Duane Cady

    Duane Cady

    Professor Emeritus, Philosophy


    Duane L. Cady earned his MA and PhD at Brown University after finishing his BA with honors in philosophy at Hamline University.  He has been teaching at Hamline for forty years and has been recognized for his teaching with the Grimes Award at Hamline (1999) and was United Methodist Foundation Educator of the Year (2005).  He is author of From Warism to Pacifism: A Moral Continuum (1989; 2nd ed. 2010), Moral Vision: How Everyday Life Shapes Ethical Thinking (2005), co-author of Humanitarian Intervention: Just War vs. Pacifism (1996), and co-editor of three anthologies.  He has published more than fifty articles in professional journals on the history of philosophy, ethics, and nonviolence.  Cady was a Visiting Scholar at Westminster College, Oxford, England (1988), Visiting Professor at Trier University, Germany (2004), and served six years on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR).  He was President of both the Minnesota Philosophical Society (1981) and Concerned Philosophers for Peace (1991).  Professor Cady was honored to give the Hanna Lectures in Philosophy on "Pluralism and Moral Progress" in 2012.


    Discussion based and interactive, involving hands-on experience whenever possible.  For example, Professor Cady has taken his January Term class, “Ethics and International Development,” to Jamaica on four occasions, always to live and work on school construction in the rural interior. He takes (or pushes) classes off campus for assignments involving concerts, plays, works of art, or to experience a meal site for the homeless, a conference, or to hear a visiting lecturer at an area college or university. 

    “I always warn students that if they take philosophy seriously, someone will be preparing hemlock for them.”

    -Duane Cady