Maurice Hamington

Professor of Philosophy, Executive Director of University Studies

Office: CH 117
Phone: 503-725-5959








Maurice Hamington’s work endeavors to provoke a different way of thinking about ethics by integrating feminist care theory, American pragmatism, and philosophies of embodiment.  In particular, he has written extensively about care ethics as a theory of being at the nexus of ontology, epistemology, and morality emphasizing care’s embodied and performative aspects.  In additional to theoretical works of moral philosophy, Maurice has written on a variety of applied subjects including same-sex marriage, animal welfare, doctor-patient relations, migration, education, business, and politics.

Maurice has authored four books: Revealing Philosophy (Thinking Strings, 2013—an interactive e-textbook ); The Social Philosophy of Jane Addams (University of Illinois Press, 2009); Embodied Care (University of Illinois Press, 2004); and, Hail Mary? The Struggle for Ultimate Womanhood in Catholicism (Routledge, 1995).  He has also edited or coedited seven books, including Care Ethics and Political Theory with Dan Engster (Oxford University Press, 2015); Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism with Celia Bardwell-Jones (Routledge, 2012);  Applying Care Ethics to Business with Maureen Sander-Staudt (Springer, 2011); Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship (Lexington Books 2010); The Social Philosophy of Jane Addams (University of Illinois Press, 2009); and, Socializing Care with Dorothy Miller (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).  Maurice has also published 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 15 chapters in academic books.  To view many of these publications see

Maurice earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon (2001) and a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics (1995) as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California (1983). 

Maurice serves as Executive Director of University Studies at Portland State University.  University Studies is a twenty-year-old, award-winning, integrated program that serves as a nation-wide model for progressive, high-impact general education.