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Personal email: dshoemakr@gmail.com

Tulane email: dshoemak@tulane.edu

Mailing Address: Newcomb Hall, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Office: Newcomb Hall 113

Office Hours (Fall 2019): None! I will be on academic leave, living in Lund, Sweden during the fall semester, working on a new book and hanging out with the Lund/Gothenburg Responsibility Project people (Paul Russell, Andras Szigeti, Matt Talbert, Gunnar Bjornsson, etc.).


Welcome!

I'm a Professor at Tulane University, jointly appointed in the Department of Philosophy and the Murphy Institute of Political Economy. My specialties are agency and responsibility, personal identity and ethics, moral psychology, normative ethics, and social/political philosophy. I am also an Associate Editor of the journal Ethics, recurring visiting faculty at the Lund/Gothenburg Responsibility Project, a co-founder and current co-editor (with David Sobel) of the still-thriving ethics blog PEA Soup, and the organizer of the biennial New Orleans Workshop in Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR).

My book Responsibility from the Margins (OUP 2015) developed an original tripartite theory of responsible agency by investigating cases of so-called "marginal agency," real-life agents with various psychological disorders or impairments that seem both inside and outside the community of responsible agents. I argued that the ambivalence such agents tend to generate is explained by the fact that there are three types, or faces, of responsibility, and marginal agents are typically responsible on some, but not all, types. This point is brought out by an investigation into the large variety of our "holding-responsible" emotional responses, which roughly break down into three distinct categories, each responding to a different agential feature, the capacities for which generate the three types of responsibility: attributability, answerability, and accountability.

I have published over fifty papers, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and book chapters, on a wide variety of philosophical topics. My work has appeared in The Philosophical Review, The Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Ethics (3x), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy & Public Affairs, as well as in numerous Oxford University Press volumes. My most widely-cited paper was the theoretical basis for my tripartite theory of responsibility: "Attributability, Answerability, Accountability: Toward a Wider Theory of Moral Responsibility" (Ethics 2011).

My first book was called Personal Identity and Ethics (2009, Broadview Press), and it was an introduction to the variety of ways that the metaphysics of personal identity has been taken to bear on many aspects of ethics (both normative and applied). It arose from my writing the Stanford Encyclopedia entry on Personal Identity and Ethics in 2005 (and which I've substantially updated every three years since then).

I did my graduate work at UC Irvine, completing my dissertation on "Selves and Moral Units" in 1996 (mentored by Gary Watson). My first job was at Arkansas State (1996-1997), and at the end of that first year I was traded to the University of Memphis (true story!), where I taught for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. After another year of VAP-ing for UC Riverside (1999-2000), I got my first tenure-track job in 2000 at Cal State Northridge, with an office next to the estimable Doug Portmore (we were hired in the same year). I left in 2004 for Bowling Green State University, where for five years I had the honor and privilege of working alongside a murderer's row of mainly moral philosophers: Campbell Brown, Christian Coons, Janice Dowell, Dan Jacobson, Jeff Moriarty, David Sobel, and Steve Wall. (This was actually what I think of as my second grad school stint.) I also had the opportunity to start mentoring grad students through their dissertations, including David Faraci (with whom I've published three articles), Peter Jaworski (with whom I've published one article), and Nicole Smith. I was a Faculty Fellow at Tulane's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs in 2007-8, and after I fell in love with New Orleans, I had the great fortune of being hired by Tulane a year later, and I've been there ever since.

My hobbies are basically living in New Orleans: seeing excellent live music (it's the best music city in the world), eating excellent food, drinking excellent cocktails, well, you get the idea. But I also have been fortunate enough to be able to travel the country and the world giving talks, which I love doing.

I have been married to my best friend and travel buddy, Marie Lantz, for 23 years. My two daughters Kristin and Ashley live in the midwest, where I get to spend part of each summer, and Kristin's two boys, Parker and Cohen, are my much-beloved grandsons.