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.


I'm very pleased to be teaching a short PhD course on Blame and Forgiveness with Per-Erik Milam and Andreas Brekke Carlsson at the University of Oslo September 3-5, 2018.

The Ethics and Law of Omissions, co-edited with Samuel C. Rickless, is now in print!

-I have recently taken on the position of North American Representative of the Society for Applied Philosophy and am now an Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of San Diego.

-Click here for information on The Moral Judgments Project.

Some Recent Publications

"Intuitive Probabilities and the Limits of Moral Imagination" (Arseny Ryazanov, Jonathan Knutzen, Samuel C. Rickless, Nicholas Christenfeld, Dana Kay Nelkin) Cognitive Science (early view)

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

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

"Kinds of Responsibility?: Moral, Aesthetic, Epistemic"
Northwestern University
April 27, 2018

"Guilt, Grief, and the Good"
Social Philosophy and Policy: Responsibility, University of Arizona
December 7-10, 2017

"Kinds of Responsibility?: Moral, Aesthetic, Epistemic"
Panel on the Foundations of Moral Responsibility
New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)
November 2, 2017

"Self-Deception, Awareness, and Reasons-Responsiveness"
Conference on Self-Deception, University of Basel
October 25-27, 2017

"Reflection, Responsibility, and Reasons-Responsiveness"
Rice University
September 1, 2017 (To be rescheduled)

"Blame, Desert, and the Role of the Reactive Attitudes"
Workshop on Blame and Forgiveness, University of Oslo, CSMN
August 23-24, 2017