john brunero

Ph.D., Columbia University

            about me                        

I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UMSL, where I teach moral, political, and legal philosophy.  I work primarily in ethics and metaethics, especially on topics concerning practical reason.  also organize, with Eric Wiland, the St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality (SLACRR).  

I'm the Pre-Law Advisor for the University, the Graduate Teaching Coordinator, and a member of the Faculty Senate, where I serve on the Curriculum & Instruction Committee.

I'll be spending the 2013-2014 academic year at Princeton University, on a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship in the University Center for Human Values.   

email: bruneroj [at] umsl [dot] edu                  C.V. (updated March 2014)



Fall 2012:                Approaches to Ethics, Philosophy of Law

Spring 2013:           Social and Political Philosophy, Metaethics

Summer 2013:       Reasons (with Eric Wiland)

Fall 2013:                On Leave

             work in progress             

Reasons, Evidence, and Explanations Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity

Recent Work on Reasons American Philosophical Quarterly

Intentions, Reasons, and Instrumental Rationality


(Click on the paper title to link to the official version; click on "dc" for an unofficial draft copy.) 

Cognitivism about Practical Rationality Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 9 forthcoming.  dc

Rational Akrasia  Organon F (special issue on the Enkratic Requirement of Rationality) forthcoming. dc

Reasons as Explanations Philosophical Studies forthcoming. dc 

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. 

Korsgaard on Motivational Skepticism  Journal of Value Inquiry 38 (June 2004) 253-264.  dc 

Evolution, Altruism and Internal Reward Explanations  Philosophical Forum 33 (Winter 2002) 413-424.  dc

            some recent talks                     

"Cognitivism about Practical Rationality"  Wisconsin Metaethics Workshop (Madison, September 2012) 

"Rational Akrasia" Pacific APA Symposium  (Seattle, April 2012)

"Reasons as Explanations" Central APA Colloquium (Chicago, February 2012)

"Evidence, 'Ought,' and the Mine Shaft Paradox"  Pacific APA Colloquium (San Diego, April 2011)

"Instrumental Rationality, Symmetry and Scope"  Eastern APA Colloquium (Boston, December 2010)

"Means-Ends Coherence and Unalterable Ends"  Central APA Colloquium (Chicago, February 2010)

"Rational Intentions: A Unified Account"    Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (Boulder, August 2009)

"Reasons and Evidence One Ought"    Pacific APA Colloquium (Vancouver, April 2009)

"Consistency in Belief and Intention"   Central APA Colloquium (Chicago, February 2009)