Prof Gary Comstock



Gary L. Comstock is Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Philosophy. He conducts research on ethical questions in the biological sciences. He is especially interested in animal minds and the moral relevance of what's known and not known about the brains and behaviors of nonhuman mammals. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Comstock's 2017 New York Times essay, "You Should Not Have Let Your Baby Die" received Honorable Mention in the PEA Soup External Online Ethics Prize competition. A coauthor of Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers' Brief (Routledge, forthcoming), and coeditor of The Moral Rights of Animals (Lexington, 2017), Comstock wrote Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research (Cambridge, 2013) and Vexing Nature? On the Ethical Case Against Agricultural Biotechnology (Kluwer, 2000). In 2015, he was named an NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Teaching and Research Interests

Ethics, philosophy of mind