Dana Kay Nelkin

Professor of Philosophy


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


-Click here for The Moral Judgments Project.  Our new  article, "Beyond Killing One to Save Five: Sensitivity to Ratio and Probability in Moral Judgement", is now available for early view (2023) in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


-The Oxford Handbook of Moral Responsibility,  co-edited with Derk Pereboom, is available from Oxford University Press! 




Some Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Non-Consequentialist Principles Under Conditions of Uncertainty: A Framework” (with Sam Rickless), The Trolley Problem: Classic Philosophical Arguments,edited by Hallvard Lillehammer (Cambridge University Pres, 2023).   

"Relationships and Responsibility" The Oxford Handbook on Moral Repsonsibility, edited by Dana Kay Nelkin and Derk Pereboom (Oxford University Press,  2022).       

"How Much to Blame?: An Asymmetry Between the Norms of Self-Blame and Other-Blame" Self-Blame and Moral Responsibility,  edited by Andreas Brekke Carlsson (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

"Equal Opportunity: A Unifying Framework for Moral, Aesthetic, and Epistemic Responsibility" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (2020).

 "What Should the Voting Age Be?" The Journal of Practical Ethics  (2020).  

 "Rational Belief and Statistical Evidence: Blame, Bias, and the Law", The Lottery Paradox, edited by Igor Douven (Cambridge University Press, (2021).  

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

"Changing the Normative Landscape: Forgiveness and Letting Go"
Lecture Series in Practical Agency Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law
King’s College London  
February 8, 2023

"Degrees of Liability"
Degrees in Epistemology and Beyond Workshop, University of Zürich
November 14, 2022

"Changing the Normative Landscape: Forgiveness and Letting Go"
Memory and Forgiveness Workshop, Universidad Tecnológica Bolivar-Sede Manga, Cartagena, Colombia
September 23, 2022
Workshop on Trust and Forgiveness, University of California, Irvine
September 16, 2022   

"Control and Quality of Will: Concepts and Conceptions"
Legal Theory Workshop, UCLA Law School
April 21, 2021

"Informed Consent and Responsible Agency"
Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory Seminar, Australian National University
December 8, 2021