Tom Dougherty

Philosophy articles

On Wrongs and Crimes: does consent require only an attempt to communicate?
Forthcoming in Criminal Law and Philosophy

Disability as solidarity: political not (only) metaphysical
Forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (2018): 90-112

Altruism and ambition in the dynamic moral life
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (2017): 716-729

The burdens of morality: why act-consequentialism demands too little
Thought 5 (2016): 82-85

Moral indeterminacy, normative powers and convention
Ratio, Special Issue on Ethical Indeterminacy 29 (2016): 448-465

Yes means yes: consent as communication
Philosophy and Public Affairs 43 (2015): 224-253 

Future bias and practical reason
Philosophers' Imprint 15 (2015): 1-16

Expecting the unexpected (with S. Horowitz & P. Sliwa)
Res Philosophica 92 (2015): 301-321      

Vague value
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (2014): 352-372

A deluxe money pump
Thought 3 (2014): 21-29

Fickle consent
Philosophical Studies, Special Issue for the 2013 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, 167 (2014): 25-40

Rational numbers: a non-consequentialist explanation of why you should save the many and not the few
Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013): 413-427

Sex, lies and consent
Ethics 123 (2013): 717-744

Aggregation, beneficence and chance
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (2013): 1-19 

No way around consent: a reply to Rubenfeld on rape by deception
Yale Law Journal Forum 123 (2013): 321-334

Agent-neutral deontology
Philosophical Studies 163 (2013): 527-537

On whether to prefer pain to pass
Ethics 121 (2011): 521-537                           

Handbook chapters

Consent: ethical issues
Contracted for Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online)

Deception and consent
 Forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent, eds. A. Mueller & P. Schaber

Vagueness and indeterminacy in ethics
 The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, eds. T. McPherson & D. Plunkett (2018)

I'm a University Lecturer in the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. I'm currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow. In the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be a Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute of the University of Tulane.

I completed my B.A. at Oxford (2004) and my PhD at MIT (2010). I was a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford (2010-2012) and a lecturer at the University of Sydney (2012-2014).

I'm currently writing a book on the ethics of consent and a book on the rational (in)significance of the fact that we act from a temporal perspective. Among other topics, I've also researched the debate over consequentialism, ethical vagueness and female under-representation in philosophy.

My CV is here.

If you'd like to get in touch, my email is

Female under-representation articles

Why do female students leave philosophy? The story from Sydney (with S. Baron and K. Miller), Hypatia 30 (2015): 467-474

Why is there female under-representation among philosophy majors? Evidence of a pre-university effect (with S. Baron & K. Miller), Ergo 2 (2015): 329-365

Female under-representation among philosophy majors: a map of the hypotheses and a survey of the evidence (with S. Baron & K. Miller), Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 1 (2015): 1-31