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Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace

Assistant Professor

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  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Action Theory

Courses Taught

  • Phil 230: Philosophical Classics:  Knowledge and Reality
  • Phil 422: Philosophy of Mind
  • Phil 411: Metaphysics


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, The University of Arizona (2020)
  • Master’s, Philosophy, The University of Arizona (2016)
  • Bachelor’s, Philosophy, Kenyon College (2012)

Recent Publications

  • “The Tension in Critical Compatibilism”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Online First (2019).
  • “Responsibility and the Limits of Good and Evil,” Philosophical Studies, 176 (10): 2705-2727. (2019).
  • “Moral Diversity and Moral Responsibility” (co-author Brian Kogelmann), Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 4 (3): 371-389. (2018).

Select Presentations

  • “Two Problems with Blaming the Dead”, Philosophy Graduate Student Association of Marquette University 2020 Conference: Death and Dying, scheduled April 2020 *Cancelled due to 2020 Covid-19 Outbreak*.
  • “Strawsonian Moral Psychology and the Politics of Resentment” (Poster Presentation), American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, scheduled April 2020 *Cancelled due to 2020 Covid-19 Outbreak*, and Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, July 2019.
  • “Can I Blame the God I Worship?”, Philosophy of Worship Workshop, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 2019.
  •  “Realism about Freedom and Responsibility”, University of California at San Diego Agency and Responsibility Group, April 2019.
  • “Making a Dwelling for God’s Name: Sacred Space and Shared Agency in Judaism and Christianity” (with Ethan Schwartz, Harvard University), Annual Hayim Perelmuter Conference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue, Catholic Theological Union and Notre Dame University, April 2019.
  • “Gains, Losses, and the Good Life.” Fordham University Red Star Line Conference, April 2019.
  • “Leeway Compatibilism for Leeway Incompatibilists” Seminar: History and Metaphysics of the Laws of Nature, Central European University, July 2018.
  • “The Calculus of Moral Community” (with Brian Kogelmann, University of Maryland). University of Arizona Freedom Center Colloquium Series, April 2018.
  • “Freedom and Resentment and Persons.” Gothenburg Responsibility Project Conference, University of Gothenburg, August 2016.
  • “Can Strawson Dissolve the New Moral Responsibility Skepticism?” (with Joel Chow, University of Arizona). Florida State University Graduate Student Conference on Freedom, Responsibility, and Agency, February 2016.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for the Philosophy of Agency
  • Society for Philosophy and Psychology


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