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'm writing a book on instrumental 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 2020.      

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

email: jbrunero2 [at] unl [dot] edu                 CV (updated August 2018)


             work in progress             

Instrumental Rationality: The Normativity of Means-Ends Coherence

 (under contract with Oxford University Press)

             selected publications        

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

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

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