Philip Swenson

I’m an assistant professor at the College of William & Mary. I do research in Ethics, Metaphysics, Agency, and Philosophy of Religion. I earned my PhD at the University of California-Riverside. I also spent time at Notre Dame and Rutgers before coming to William & Mary. Here is an interview in which I discuss moral luck. You can contact me at


“How to be an Actualist and Blame People” (with Travis Timmerman) forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility

Moral Responsibility without General Ability” (with Taylor W. Cyr) forthcoming in Philosophical Quarterly

Frankfurt Cases: The Fine-grained Response Revisited” (with Justin Capes) Philosophical Studies (2017)

Subjective Deontology and the Duty to Gather InformationEthics (2016)

Ability, Foreknowledge and Explanatory DependenceAustralasian Journal of Philosophy (2016)

The Frankfurt Cases and Responsibility for Omissions” Philosophical Quarterly (2016)

A Challenge for Frankfurt-Style CompatibilistsPhilosophical Studies (2015)

Reasons-Responsiveness and Degrees of Responsibility (with D. Justin Coates) Philosophical Studies (2013)

Ability-Based Objections to No-Best-World Arguments” (with Brian Kierland) Philosophical Studies (2013)

Skepticism about the Argument from Divine Hiddenness” (with Justin P. McBrayer) Religious Studies (2012)

Symposium Contributions and Book Reviews:

"Fischer on Foreknowledge and Explanatory DependenceEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2017) [Contribution to a book symposium on John Martin Fischer's Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will.]

"Does it Matter which Explanation is Best?" (with Brian Cutter) Syndicate Philosophy (2017) [Contribution to a book symposium on Kevin McCain's Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification.]

Review of Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates, edited by David Palmer, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2015)