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David Tamez

Graduate Research Assistant
Primary office:
Watson Library 450


David Tamez is a PhD candidate in Philosophy and is the 2019-20 IDRH Graduate Research Assistant. This past Summer David served as a Hall Center Applied Humanities Summer Fellow at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce directing their 2019 #HNE Mural Project. In addition to his time as a graduate student, he runs a public philosophy project in Lawrence Talks. The project attempts to form conversations around topics of interest to the local Lawrence community while also showcasing KU research. Lawrence Talks is accessible as a blog, podcast, and the group also holds public events.       

In his research, David is interested in philosophy of law and jurisprudence and the incorporation of non-legal sources into judicial decision-making. The questions he is interested in exploring are whether employing non-legal sources into their decision-making allow’s judges to make better decisions and when do we know a judge has made a good decision or a bad one? In researching these questions, he hopes to develop a coherent normative theory of judicial decision-making.


Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Saint Edward’s University (2011)

Master of Arts in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University (2015)

Research Interests:


Law, Jurisprudence, Normative and Meta-ethics

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