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 am working on a new project, The Explanation and Justification of Moral Judgments.

Some Recent Publications

-“Moral Responsibility for Unwitting Omissions: A New Tracing Account” (with Samuel C. Rickless) in The Ethics and Law of Omissions, Dana Kay Nelkin and Samuel C. Rickless (eds.) (Oxford University Press) (in press).

-“Fine Cuts of Moral Agency: Dissociable deficits in Psychopathy and Autism” Current Controversies in Bioethics, Matthew Liao and Collin O’Neil (eds.) (Routledge) 2016

-"Accountability and Desert"
Journal of Ethics 2016


Recent and Upcoming talks

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

"Frontotemporal Dementia and the Reactive Attitudes: Two Roles for the Capacity to Care?"
-Princeton University Center for Human Values, April 19, 2017

-Workshop on the Norms of Blame, University of St. Andrews, June 15-16, 2017

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