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Robert J. Hartman

In January 2019, I will begin a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stockholm University, Sweden. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Lund-Gothenburg Responsibility Project.

PhD, philosophy, St. Louis University, 2016.

Email: roberthartman122@gmail.com

 


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RESEARCH

My research interests are at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics. I have published extensively on moral luck; currently, I am working on the relationship between character and responsibility.

BOOKS

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.

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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.

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PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY

Moral Luck, Aeon (2017)

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ACADEMIC ARTICLES

Constitutive Moral Luck and Strawson’s Argument for the Impossibility of Moral Responsibility 

Journal of the American Philosophical Association (forthcoming)

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Accepting Moral Luck

The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck (forthcoming)

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Armstrong on Probabilistic Laws of Nature, with Jonathan D. Jacobs

Philosophical Papers (2017)

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Counterfactuals of Freedom and the Luck Objection to Libertarianism

Journal of Philosophical Research (2017)

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Against Luck-Free Moral Responsibility

Philosophical Studies (2016)

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Utilitarian Moral Virtue, Admiration, and Luck

Philosophia (2015)

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How to Apply Molinism to the Theological Problem of Moral Luck

Faith and Philosophy (2014)

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Involuntary Belief and the Command to Have Faith

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2011)

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BOOK REVIEWS

Rik Peels’s Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology

Ethics (2018)

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TEACHING

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.

Classes Taught

  • Ethics (8x)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (3x)
  • Logic and Critical Thinking (2x)
  • Philosophy of Religion (x1, upper division)

Student Resources

Philosophy Students Ask Valuable Questions

  • Does God exist?
  • Do we have free will?
  • What makes actions right and wrong?
  • What is the good life?
  • What makes life meaningful?
  • How do the mind and body relate?
  • What does it mean to be the same person over time?
  • What distinguishes mere true belief from knowledge?
  • *Disclaimer* The opinions expressed in these videos and podcasts do not necessarily reflect my own views.

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