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

-"Friendship, Freedom and Special Obligations"
in Agency, Free Will, and Responsbility 2015
-"Psychopaths, Incorrigible Racists, and Faces of Responsibility"
Ethics 2015
-"Difficulty and Degrees of Moral Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness"
Noûs 2016 (online early view 2014)

Upcoming talks

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