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


In January 2016, I defended my dissertation A Defense of Moral Luck. In the dissertation, 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. 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 and bribe-taker are more blameworthy than each of their counterparts. You can read more about it here.


In other news, Philosophical Studies has accepted for publication my paper "Against Luck-Free Moral Responsibility." The essay is Chapter 3 from my dissertation.


Here is my CurriculumVitae 


For unofficial versions of my published papers click here


Contact:  rhartma5@slu.edu