Robert J. Hartman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dept. of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science
University of Gothenburg
Lund-Gothenburg Responsibility Project
PhD, Philosophy, St. Louis University
My research interests are at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics. Currently, I am writing on the nature and scope of moral responsibility by way of the concept of moral luck. Luck is also a guiding theme in my other work in ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.
In Defense of Moral Luck: Why Luck Often Affects Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness (Routledge, 2017)
In this monograph, I defend the thesis that certain kinds of luck in results, circumstance, and character can partially determine the praise or blame a person deserves.
The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck, edited with Ian M. Church (Routledge, forthcoming)
This interdisciplinary handbook covers: (i) the history of luck, (ii) the nature of luck, (iii) moral luck, (iv) epistemic luck, (vi) the psychology and cognitive science of luck, and (vi) future research on luck.
Moral Luck, Aeon (2017)
Accepting Moral Luck
The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck (forthcoming)
Armstrong on Probabilistic Laws of Nature, with Jonathan D. Jacobs
Philosophical Papers (2017)
Counterfactuals of Freedom and the Luck Objection to Libertarianism
Journal of Philosophical Research (2017)
Against Luck-Free Moral Responsibility
Philosophical Studies (2016)
Utilitarian Moral Virtue, Admiration, and Luck
How to Apply Molinism to the Theological Problem of Moral Luck
Faith and Philosophy (2014)
Involuntary Belief and the Command to Have Faith
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2011)
Review of Rik Peels’ Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology
I have broad teaching interests in ethics, metaphysics, free will and moral responsibility, biomedical ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and logic as well as in the history of philosophy.
- Ethics (8x)
- Introduction to Philosophy (3x)
- Logic and Critical Thinking (2x)
- Philosophy of Religion (x1, upper division)
- The field of philosophy.
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- *Disclaimer* The opinions expressed in these videos and podcasts do not necessarily reflect my own views.
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