john brunero                                

Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Professor

315.L Louise Pound Hall, Department of Philosophy, University of Nebraska -- Lincoln

     about me                        

I'm originally from Rhode Island. I went to college in Maine (Colby) and grad school in New York (Columbia), where I taught Contemporary Civilization for three years in the Core Curriculum.  In 2006, I moved to Missouri to work at UM-Saint Louis.  I spent 2013-2014 at Princeton as a Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow in the University Center for Human Values, after which I  joined Nebraska's Philosophy Department in August of 2014. 

I work primarily in ethics and metaethics, especially on topics concerning reasons and rationality.  

I teach courses in moral, political, and legal philosophy.  My favorite course is PHIL 106: Philosophy and Current Issues, which I teach every semester.  

I recently co-organized a Robert R. Chambers Conference at UNL  (Spring 2016) on Practical Reason and Metaethics.  Back in St. Louis, I co-founded (and co-organized for five years) the St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons & Rationality.  I will be Vice-President (2019) and then President (2020) of the Central States Philosophical Association, which will bring the CSPA annual conference to Lincoln in the Fall of 2021.      

I am an Ethics Area Editor for Ergo, and Grad Chair in the Philosophy Department.  

email: jbrunero2 [at] unl [dot] edu                 CV (updated August 2020)


Instrumental Rationality: The Normativity of Means-Ends Coherence (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020)

     edited journal issue  

Special Issue of American Philosophical Quarterly on Reasons & Rationality (co-edited with Eric Wiland)

     some papers  and reviews  

(Click on the paper title to link to the published version; click on "dc" for a draft copy.

The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning  The Journal of Ethics, forthcoming. dc

Ambivalence, Incoherence, and Self-Governance  Being Of Two Minds: The Philosophy and Psychology of Ambivalence, D. Gatzia and B. Brogaard (eds.), London: Routledge, forthcoming. dc

Review of Benjamin Kiesewetter's The Normativity of RationalityPhilosophical Review, 129 (April 2020) 313-317. dc

Fittingness and Good Reasoning Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 16 (November 2019) 133-143.  dc

Reasons, Evidence, and Explanations Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity (ed. D. Star) Oxford University Press, 2018. dc

Recent Work on Internal and External Reasons American Philosophical Quarterly, 54 (April 2017) 99-119 . dc

Review of Mark Schroeder's Explaining the Reasons We Share Ethics 126 (October 2015) 238-244. dc

Idealization and the Wrong Kind of Reasons Ethics 126 (October 2015) 153-161. dc 

Cognitivism about Practical RationalitOxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 9  (ed. R. Shafer-Landau) Oxford University Press, 2014, 18-44. dc  [awarded the 2016 American Philosophical Association Article Prize for the best paper published in the previous two years by a younger scholar (under 40 or within 10 years of Ph.D.)]

Rational Akrasia  Organon F (special issue on the Enkratic Requirement of Rationality, ed. J. Fink) 20 (2013) 546-566. dc

Reasons as Explanations Philosophical Studies 165 (September 2013) 805-824dc 

Instrumental Rationality  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (co-authored with Niko Kolodny); 2013

Metaethics and Ethics  International Encyclopedia of Ethics (co-authored with Eric Wiland); 2013

Instrumental Rationality, Symmetry, and Scope  Philosophical Studies 157 (January 2012) 125-140. dc

Consequentialism and the Wrong Kind of Reasons  Utilitas 22 (September 2010) 351-359.  dc

Self-Governance, Means-Ends Coherence, and Unalterable Ends  Ethics 120 (April 2010) 579-591. dc

The Scope of Rational Requirements  Philosophical Quarterly 60 (January 2010) 28-49.  dc

Against Cognitivism about Practical Rationality  Philosophical Studies 146 (December 2009) 311-325.  dc 

Reasons and Evidence One Ought  Ethics 119 (April 2009) 538-545.  dc

McDowell on External Reasons  European Journal of Philosophy 16 (April 2008) 22-42.  dc 

Are Intentions Reasons?  Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (December 2007) 424-444.  dc

Instrumental Rationality and Carroll's Tortoise  Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (November 2005) 557-569.  dc

Two Approaches to Instrumental Rationality and Belief Consistency  Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 1 (April 2005) 2-20.