Robert J. Hartman
I am a visiting research professor and faculty fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans with the Murphy Institute (2020-2021).
Previously, I held postdoctoral research fellowships at Stockholm University, Sweden, with the philosophy department (January 2019-August 2020) and at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Lund-Gothenburg Responsibility Project (February 2017-December 2018).
I earned my PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University (May 2016).
My research interests are in ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. I have published extensively on moral luck; currently, I am writing a monograph on character and moral responsibility as well as a series of papers about character, free will, and the afterlife.
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 and blame a person deserves.
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck, edited with Ian M. Church (Routledge, 2019)
This interdisciplinary handbook explores the history of luck, the nature of luck, moral luck, epistemic luck, the psychology of luck, and future research on luck.
Moral Luck, Aeon (2017)
Heavenly Freedom and Two Models of Character Perfection
Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming)
Free Will and Moral Luck
A Companion to Free Will (forthcoming)
Consequentialism and Virtue, with Joshua W. Bronson
The Handbook of Virtue and Virtue Ethics (forthcoming)
Indirectly Free Actions, Libertarianism, and Resultant Moral Luck
Against the Character Solution to the Problem of Moral Luck
Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2020)
Moral Luck and the Unfairness of Morality
Philosophical Studies (2019)
Kant Does Not Deny Resultant Moral Luck
Midwest Studies in Philosophy (2019)
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)
Manipulated Agents: A Window into Moral Responsibility, by Alfred R. Mele
Journal of Moral Philosophy (2020)
Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming, by Agnes Callard
Philosophical Quarterly (2019)
Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology, by Rik Peels
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 (2x)
- Logic and Critical Thinking (2x)
- Philosophy of Religion (upper division)
- Christian Worldview
- Philosophy and Theology in CS Lewis’s Narnia Series (interim course)
- 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
- 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.
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