Candice Shelby

Candice Shelby
Professor, PhD

Office: Plaza M108E

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
P.O. Box 173364
Campus Box 179
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
955 Lawrence St.
Plaza Building, Room M108

Office Hours for Spring 2024:

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:30pm, or by appointment

Expertise Areas: Ethics, Epistemology, Free Will, Responsibility, and Addiction, Metaphysics, Modern Philosophy, Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy


Courses Taught

Couse Descriptions Can Be Found Here

PHIL 2441: Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning
PHIL 3022: Modern Philosophy
PHIL 3032: 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
PHIL 3250: Business Ethics
PHIL 3350: Metaphysics
PHIL 3360: Epistemology
PHIL 4700: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 4735: Rationalism
PHIL 4755: Philosophical Psychology
PHIL 4812/5812: Philosophy of Love and Sex

Montel Williams recently interviewed Candice Shelby about the Philosophy of Addiction, Exploitation, and many other social issues facing society today.  Click Here to watch it!

Candice Shelby on Perception and Belief

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Rice University, 1991.
M.A., Philosophy, Rice University, 1988.
B.A., Humanities, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1984.

Selected Publications

Philosophical Considerations Concerning the Use of Hallucinogens in Psychiatric Treatment,” in Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens edited by Charles S. Grob and Jim Grigsby, (New York: The Guilford Press, 2021): chapter 29.

"Addiction: A Philosophical Perspective," (New York: St Martin's Press, 2016)   **note: If you are unable to read this book online via the Auraria Library, please come to the Philosophy Department. We may have a copy available**

"Addiction: Beyond Disease and Choice," in Philosophy in the Contemporary World vol. 20, 2013

"On the Power of Belief in Treating Addiction," in Humanities and Social Sciences Review vol. 1, 2012

"Response to John Glenn's 'On the Very Idea of Free Will," in Southwest Philosophy Review vol. 27, 2011

"Addicts are Not Powerless: The Trick is Knowing Where the Power Is", published on the website, January 21, 2011

"Reply to Goldberg's 'Van Inwagen's Two Failed Arguments for the Belief in Freedom," in Southwest Philosophy Review vol. 26, 2010

"Reductio Ad Absurdum and Slippery Slope Arguments: Two Sides of the Same Coin?" in Annales Philosophici vol. 1, 2010

"Mid – Career or Second Career?", in APA Newsletter on Feminism vol. 9, 2009