R. Dean Davenport

Adjunct Faculty

"Plato argued that a lack of ethics indicates a lack of education. I believe that students must obtain a solid understanding of the principles of ethical reasoning and decision-making before their education can be considered complete. Many of the challenges we face today in the areas of corporate finance, healthcare, and public policy are at root a failure of ethics."



R. Dean Davenport



Baylor University


Texas Tech University


Baylor University


Georgetown College


Patriarchy and Politics: An Evaluation of the Religious, Political & Social Thought of Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898). Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Müller & Co., 2010

Highlighted Publications

"Review of Rallying the Really Human Things: The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life," by Vigen Guroian. Journal of Church and State 48:4 (Autumn 2007): 880-81. 

"Review of Explaining the English Revolution: Hobbes and His Contemporaries," by Mark S. Jendrysik. Journal of Church and State 47:1 (Winter 2005): 170-72.

"A Theological Perspective on the Rise of Poverty in America." The Remedy for Poverty: Essays on the Moral Foundation of Effective Charity, with an Introduction by Marvin Olasky. Grand Rapids: The Acton Institute, 1996.

Areas of Specialization

Business Ethics

Critical Thinking


History of Philosophy

Courses Taught

PHI202 Ethics

Awards and Distinctions

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Academy of Religion (AAR)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Historical Association (AHA)

American Philosophical Association (APA)


R. Dean Davenport

7C Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341

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