Robert Kirkman

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Office Location: DM Smith 301
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm
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Dr. Robert Kirkman is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research explores the phenomenology of ethical action, that is, how the meaning of ethics arises from basic features of human experience of living in the world. One path of this research considers parallels and underlying connections between ethical action and musical action, especially playing music and improvising with others. Dr. Kirkman also has ongoing work ini the design, implementaiton and assessment of innovative approaches to teaching practical ethics, including problem-based learning and the integration of ethics and design. His prior work in environmental ethics examined the values in play in decisions about the built environment, especially in cities and suburbs in the United States. He is the author of The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: The Future of our Built Environment (Continuum, 2010) and Skeptical Environmentalism: The Limits of Philosophy and Science (Indiana University Press, 2002). 

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A. Philosophy and History, Miami University
Areas of
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Practical Ethics
  • Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning


Research Fields:
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • United States
  • Environment


  • PHIL-2010: Intro Philosophy
  • PHIL-2025: Philosophical Analysis
  • PHIL-3050: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-3102: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL-3103: Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-3105: Ethical Theories
  • PHIL-3109: Engineering Ethics
  • PHIL-4176: Environmental Ethics
  • PST-1101: Philosophical Analysis
  • PST-3109: Ethics&Tech Profession
  • PST-4176: Environmental Ethics
  • PUBJ-8000: Joint GT/GSU PhD Program
  • PUBP-6010: Ethic,Epistem&Public Pol
  • PUBP-6326: Environ Values&Pol Goals
  • PUBP-8590: Dissertation Colloquium
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics