Robert J. Hartman
I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Lund-Gothenburg Responsibility Project. In January 2019, I will begin a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stockholm University, Sweden.
PhD, philosophy, St. Louis University, 2016.
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.
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 the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck, edited with Ian M. Church (Routledge, March 2019)
This interdisciplinary handbook covers: (i) the history of luck, (ii) the nature of luck, (iii) moral luck, (iv) epistemic luck, (vi) the psychology of luck, and (vi) future research on luck.
Moral Luck, Aeon (2017)
Moral Luck and the Unfairness of Morality
Philosophical Studies (forthcoming)
Indirectly Free Actions, Libertarianism, and Resultant Moral Luck
Accepting Moral Luck
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck (2019)
Constitutive Moral Luck and Strawson’s Argument for the Impossibility of Moral Responsibility
Journal of the American Philosophical Association (2018)
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)
Agnes Callard’s Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming
Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming)
Rik Peels’s 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.
- How to read philosophy.
- How to write philosophy.
- How to avoid plagiarism.
- Why you’re not allowed to use your laptop.
Philosophy Students Ask Valuable Questions
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- How do the mind and body relate?
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- What distinguishes mere true belief from knowledge?
- *Disclaimer* The opinions expressed in these videos and podcasts do not necessarily reflect my own.
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