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.


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

-“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

-"Accountability and Desert"
Journal of Ethics 2016

Recent and Upcoming talks

"Frontotemporal Dementia and the Reactive Attitudes: Two Roles for the Capacity to Care?"
-Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Copenhagen
June 30-July 2, 2017

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

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

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

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