Dana Kay Nelkin

Professor of Philosophy


Hello and welcome to my website!  I am a professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.  Here you can find links to papers and abstracts, course syllabi, my CV, and more.


-As a member of an interdisciplinary team along with Nicholas Cristenfeld and Arseny Ryazanov in Psychology, and Jonathan Knutzen and Sam Rickless in Philosophy, I have embarked on a new project, The Explanation and Justification of Moral Judgments.  We are very pleased to have received funding in the form of a 2016 Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program Fellowship.

-I have joined the Board of Advisors for the Gothenburg Responsibility Project.

Some Recent Publications

-"Accountability and Desert"
Journal of Ethics 2016
-"Friendship, Freedom and Special Obligations"
Agency, Free Will, and Responsbility 2015
-"Psychopaths, Incorrigible Racists, and Faces of Responsibility"
Ethics 2015

Recent and Upcoming talks

"Accountability and Desert"
-Justice Without Retribution II, Cornell University, June 3, 2016

"Moral Responsibility for Unwitting Omissions: A New Tracing Account"
-Graduate Workshop in Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, November 4, 2016

-Workshop on Moral Responsibility and Self-Knowledge,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, November 11-12, 2016

-Symposium on Incapacitation, Quarantine, and Punishment, Seattle, Pacific Meeting of the APA, April 12-15, 2017

-Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Copenhagen June 30-July 2, 2017