I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University in May 2016. In January 2017, I begin a postdoctoral research fellowship in practical philosophy at the University of Gothenburg with the Responsibility Project.

My general research interests include moral responsibility, ethics, metaphysics, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion.


Recently, Routledge accepted my book, In Defense of Moral Luck: Why Luck Often Affects Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness, for publication. In the book, I argue that luck can partially determine desert of praise and blame. To make this thesis concrete, consider some examples. Two reckless drivers manage their vehicles in the same way, and one but not the other kills a pedestrian. Two corrupt judges would each take a bribe if one were offered. Only one judge is offered a bribe, and so only one takes a bribe. In terms of these examples, I defend the view that the killer driver is more blameworthy than the merely reckless driver, and that the bribe-taker is more blameworthy than the mere would-be bribe-taker.

In other recent news, I have three new published or forthcoming papers.

To read these papers and others, click here.


Contact:  rhartma5@slu.edu