William Kline

University of Illinois at Springfield                                        Email:  wklin2@uis.edu
Department of Business Administration                                Office Phone: 217-206-8138
One University Plaza, MS UHB 4054
Springfield, IL 62794-9293


Ph.D.   May  2000       Philosophy      Bowling Green State University
M.A.    May  1993       Philosophy      Bowling Green State University
B.A.    May  1990       Economics       Grove City College (Magna Cum Laude)


University of Illinois, Springfield

Associate Professor, Business Administration, 2015-present
Chair, Business Administration and Economics, 2018-2020
Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, 2013 – 2015
Chair, Department of Liberal Studies, 2013 – 2015
Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, 2008 – 2012

Molloy College

Director, Center for Business Ethics, 2003 – 2006
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, 2003 – 2006
Central European University Graduate School of Business, Center for the Social
Foundations of Business, Budapest (Hungary), Visiting Lecturer, Summer 2005

Central Michigan University

Director, International Center for Applied Ethics, 2002 – 2003
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, 2000 – 2003
Director, East European Initiatives, International Center for
Applied Ethics, 2000-2002


with Karl McDermott, “Evolutionary Stakeholder Theory and Public Utility Regulation”,  Business and Society Review, Forthcoming

“What is Business?” in Heath, E., Kaldis, B., & Marcoux, A. (2018). The Routledge Companion
to Business Ethics. London: Routledge. pp. 223-238.

“Exploitation and Just Price Theory”, Business Ethics Journal Review, 5(4), August 2017, pp.   22–27. Doi: 10.12747/bejr2017.05.04

“Identity, Professional Ethics, and Substantive Style in The Fountainhead“, in Capitalism and
Commerce in Imaginative Literature: Perspectives on Business from Novels and Plays,

Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Ed Younkins, ed.,
Lexington Books, 2016. pp.  287-302.

“Hume’s Theory of Business Ethics Revisited” Journal of Business Ethics, July 2011,
pp. 1-12. Doi: 10.1007/s10551-011-0956-0

“Do No Harm: A Defense of Markets in Healthcare”, HEC Forum, Volume 22, Number 3,
September 2010, pp. 241-251.

“Business as an Ethical Standard”, Journal of Private Enterprise, Volume 24,
Number 2, Spring 2009., pp. 35-48.

“Flourishing Through Trade” in Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on
Norms of Liberty,
 edited by Aeon J. Skoble, Lexington Books, 2008, pp. 149-164.

Review of Daniel K. Finn, The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about
Markets and Justice
, in the Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 41, Number 1,
March 2008, pp. 105-110.

“Collapsing Goods and the Milieu of Innovation” the Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 40,
Numbers 2-3 , September 2006, pp. 181-193.

“Business Ethics from the Internal Point of View”, Journal of Business Ethics,
Volume 64,  Number 1, March 2006, pp. 57-67.

“It’s Not Obvious:  How Rational Agents use Salience” in Praxiology:  The International
Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology
Vol 6, edited by Wojciech W.
Gasparski and David Botham, Transaction Publisher: New Brunswick 1998, pp. 77 – 89.

With David Schmidtz, review of Henry S. Richardson Practical Reasoning About Final
in International Studies in Philosophy, XXVIII/4, pp. 144- 145.


“A Libertarian Defense of Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act”, Association for Private
Enterprise Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2018

“Justice and the Language of Price: A Humean Approach”, Philosophy Politics & Economics
Inaugural Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2017

“Teaching Business Ethics”, Association for Private Enterprise Education International
Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2016

“Fighting Corruption in Black Markets:  The importance of property rights.”, 3rd International
Conference of the “Ludwig von Mises and Contemporary Societies” cycle: “Liberalism,
Postcommunism and reforms”, Lviv, Ukraine; October, 2015

“Mises on Bureaucratic Management”, Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe and the International
Scientific Conference on “Economics and Bureaucracy in an Open Society” in Lviv
Bryuhovychi, Ukraine, on the occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Ludwig von
Mises, September 30 – October 1, 2011

“Hume’s Theory of Business Ethics”, Association for Private Enterprise Education
International Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, 2011

“What is Liberty Studies”, Association for Private Enterprise Education
International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010

“Hume’s Theory of Justice: How Moral Obligation Survives the Sensible Knave”,
36th International Hume Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2009

“Using Boyer Categories to Organize Core Text Learning”, 15th Annual Conference of the
Association for Core Texts and Courses in Memphis, Tennessee,  April 16-19, 2009

“The Obligations of Property”, Association for Private Enterprise Education 34th International Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2009

“Coordination & Aggression: Why the Stability of Possession is not always a Prisoner’s
Dilemma”, Iowa Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, Cornell College, Mount Vernon,
Iowa, 2008

“What is Liberty Studies”, 35th Conference on Value Inquiry: Values and Medicine,
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, 2008

“Business as an Ethical Standard”, Association for Private Enterprise Education 33rd
International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008

“Hume’s Theory of Justice: How Moral Obligation Survives the Sensible Knave” – New
Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Meeting, The College of New Jersey, March

“Metanorms and Markets” – American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual
Meeting,  Dennison University, October 2006

“What is a Market Value”, 33rd Conference on Value Inquiry: Market Values and Moral
Values, Rockville Centre, NY, April 2006

“Is There a Free Market Business Ethics?”, Ninth Annual Meeting of the American
Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2005

“An Examination of Motivationally Effective Business Norms”, American Association of
Behavioral and Social Sciences, Eighth Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, February

“The Purpose of Business,”, European Business Ethics Network 16th Annual
Conference, Budapest, Hungary, August 2003


Individual Presentations

“What is Business”, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, March 16th, 2017

“Immigrants and Markets”, Lviv Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National
Academy for Public Administration, Ukraine, October 2015

“Business IS Ethics”, Wheeling Jesuit University, November 3rd, 2011

“Can There Be an Austrian Business Ethics?”, National Academy of the Public
Administration, Lviv Ukraine, September 29th, 2011

“What is Liberty?”, Wheaton College, September 20th, 2010

“Business Ethics”, Rockford College, March 17th, 2010

“Complexities of Liberty”, Hillsdale College, March 23, 2009

“Ayn Rand and Environmental Ethics”, The Atlas Society, Portland OR, summer 2008

“Morality and the Ability to Choose” – Bank of New York Continuing Professional
Education Seminar, Southampton, NY, August 2006

“Creating an Ethical Culture in Your Business: An Alternate to Litigation” – Hauppauge
Industrial Association 17th Annual Long  Island Business Trade Show &
Conference, May 2005

 “Learning to Cooperate” – ethics seminar presented to the Long Island Division
of CB Richard Ellis, Inc., December 2004

“Business Ethics” – presented to the American Society of Training and Development, June 2004

“A Brief History of Business Ethics” – presented to the Bank of New York, Financial and
Estate Planning Seminar, May 2004

Ethics Panelist for the Investment Management Consultant Association’s Spring
Professional Development Conference, Boca Raton FL, April 2004

“Professional Ethics in Local Government” – presented to approximately 50 of the top
Nassau County Executives, April 2004

“Ethics & Campaign Contributions” – presented to Michigan state senators, Lansing, MI,
February 5th, 2003

“Professional Ethics and Elected Officials” – presented to Michigan state representatives,
Lansing, MI, November 14th, 2002

Guest Lecturer

“Robin Hood in Reverse: How Government Can Take Your Property and Give it to the Rich”,
University of Illinois ECCE Speaker Series, June 13th, 2012

“Business Ethics” Great Connections Seminar, Chicago, July 29th, 2011
“What is Liberty”, University of Illinois ECCE Speakers Series, July 20, 2010

“David Hume and Ethics”, Rockford College, March 17th, 2010
“The Purpose of Business”, Hibbing Community College, tele-presentation, October 6th, 2009


Business, Ethics, and Society; Philosophy of Business; Advanced Business Ethics;  History of Philosophy; Radical Capitalism; Ethics of Capitalism;  Liberty Studies; What is Good?; Bio-Medical Ethics; Philosophy of Law; Introduction to Ethics; Moral Problems; Introduction to Philosophy; Critical Thinking