John Snapper

  • Associate Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Philosophy

Research Interests

Ethical issues confronting the software community

Philosophical foundations for property policies

Theory of the Fine Arts, since 1900

History of philosophical skepticism, from classical Greece to today



Owning Information, co-edited with Vivian Weil, Rutgers Press, 1989.

Ethical Issues in Computer Use, co-edited with Deborah Johnson, Wadsworth, 1984.


"Responsibility for Computer-Based Decisions in Health Care" in Ethics Computing and Medicine, ed. Ken Goodman, Cambridge Press, 1998.

"Overview: Intellectual Property Protections for Computer Software," in Computer Ethics and Social Values. ed. Deborah Johnson & Helen Nissenbaum, Prentice Hall, 1995.

“The Ownership of Ideas in Computer Software," in Software Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights, ed. T.W. Bynum, et al., Research Center on Computing and Society, 1992.

"Theoretical Bases for the Regulation of Intellectual Property," Social Epistemology, Jan 1990.

"When Computer Misuse is not a Violation of Privacy," in The Information Web, ed. Carol Gould, Westview Press, 1988.

John Snapper

Contact Information

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