Dana Kay Nelkin

Professor of Philosophy



Making Sense of Freedom and Moral Responsiblity 
(Oxford University Press 2011).







The Ethics and Law of Omissions
co-edited with Samuel C. Rickless
(Oxford University Press 2017)






Forgiveness and Its Moral Dimensions
co-edited with Brandon Warmke and Michael McKenna
(Oxford University Press 2021)





(For selected articles organized by area, please click here)

“How Much to Blame?: An Asymmetry Between the Norms of Self-Blame and Other-Blame" 
Self-Blame and Moral Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)              
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“Liability, Culpability and Luck"      
Pphilosophical Studies (special issue on War and Responsibility)  (2021)
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“Sensitivity to Shifts in Probability of Harm and Benefit in Moral Dilemmas" (with Arseny Ryazanov, Shawn Tinghao Wang, Samuel C. Rickless, and Craig R. M. McKenzie)       
Cognition (2021)
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“Equal Opportunity: A Unifying Framework for Moral, Aesthetic, and Epistemic Responsibility"              
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (2020)
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“What Should the Voting Age Be?" 
The Journal of Practical Ethics (2020)        
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“Responsibility, Reflection, and Rational Ability"        
The Monist: Special Issue on Abilities and Control (2020)
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“Rational Belief and Statistical Evidence: Blame, Bias and the Law"      
Lotteries, Knowledge and Rational Belief: Essays on the Lottery Paradox    
Cambridge University Press (2021)
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“Thinking Outside the (Traditiona) Boxes of Moral Luck"      
Midwest Studies in Philosophy (2019)
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“Guilt, Grief, and the Good”
Social and Political Philosophy (2018)
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“Frontotemporal Dementia and the Reactive Attitudes: Two Roles for the Capacity to Care?”
Journal of Applied Philosophy (2019)
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“Duties, Desert, and the Justification of Punishment”
Criminal Law and Philosophy (2018)
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“Responsibility and Ignorance of the Self”
Social Theory and Practice (2018)
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“Intuitive Probabilities and the Limitation of Moral Imagination” (with Arseny Ryazanov, Jonathan Knutzen, Samuel C. Rickless, and Nicholas J.S. Christenfeld)
Cognitive Science (2018)
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“Free Will and Aesthetic Responsibility”
Art and Philosophy (Oxford University Press forthcoming)
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“Moral Responsibility for Unwitting Omissions: A New Tracing Account” (with Samuel C. Rickless)
The Ethics and Law of Omissions (Oxford University Press 2017)
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“Accountability and Desert”
The Journal of Ethics (special issue on Responsibility) (2016).
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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Free Will (2016)
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“Friendship, Freedom, and Special Obligations”
Agency and Responsibility (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).
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“Fine Cuts of Moral Agency: Dissociable deficits in Psychopathy and Autism”
Current Controversies in Bioethics (Routledge 2016).
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"Free Will Skepticism and Obligation Skepticism: Comments on Derk Pereboom’s Free Will Skepticism, Agency, and Meaning in Life"
Science, Religion, Culture 1 (2014).

“Difficulty and Degrees of Moral Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness,”
Noûs (2015).      
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“Psychopaths, Incorrigible Racists, and Faces of Responsibility,”
Ethics (2015).
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“The Relevance of Intention to Criminal Wrongdoing” (with Samuel C. Rickless)
Criminal Law and Philosophy (2016) 
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“Moral Responsibility, the Reactive Attitudes, and the Significance of (Libertarian) Free Will”
Libertarian Free Will: Essays for Robert Kane
(Oxford University Press, 2014).
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“So Close, Yet So Far: Why Solutions to the Closeness Problem for the Doctrine of Double Effect Fall Short” (with Samuel C. Rickless)
Noûs (2015).
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“Three Cheers for Double Effect” (with Samuel C. Rickless)
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2014).
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“Freedom and Forgiveness”
Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).
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“Responsibility, Conversation, and Desert: Comments on Michael McKenna’s Conversation and Responsibility”
Philosophical Studies (2013).

“Desert, Fairness, and Resentment”
Philosophical Explorations
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“Fairness and the Architecture of Responsibility” (with David O. Brink)
Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility (2013).
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“Précis” and “Replies to Critics on Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research [Critics: Randolph Clarke, Laura Ekstrom, and Gary Watson] (2013).
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“Replies to Critics on Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility
Philosophical Studies [Critics: Michael McKenna and Daniel Speak] (2013).

“Immediate and Delayed Cardiovascular Effects of Forgiving,” (with Britta Larsen (first author), Ryan Darby, Christine Harris, Per-Erik Milam, and Nicholas Christenfeld (last author))
Psychosomatic Medicine (2012).

“Self-Deception and Responsibility: A Framework”
Humana Mente (2012).
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“Responsibility, Rational Abilities, and Two Kinds of Fairness Arguments,”
Philosophical Explorations (2009).
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“Responsibility and Rational Abilities: Defending an Asymmetrical View,”
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2008).
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“Do We Have a Coherent Set of Intuitions about Moral Responsibility?”
Philosophy and the Empirical, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 31 (2007).
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“Good Luck to Libertarians: Reflections on Mele’s Luck and Free Will”
Philosophical Explorations 10 (2007).

“Discriminating Shoppers Beware”
San Diego Law Review 43 (2006).

“Tradition and the Law: A Response to Wax”
San Diego Law Review 42 (2005).

“Freedom, Responsibility, and the Challenge of Situationism”
Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29 (2005).
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“Deliberative Alternatives”
Philosophical Topics
32 (2004).
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“Irrelevant Alternatives and Frankfurt Counterfactuals”
Philosophical Studies 121 (2004).
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“The Sense of Freedom”
Freedom and Determinism (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004).
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“Moral Luck”
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2004 Edition) [Revised 2013 Summer Edition].

“Self-Deception, Motivation, and the Desire to Believe”
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83 (2002).
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“Warfield’s New Argument for Incompatibilism” (with Samuel C. Rickless),
Analysis (2002).

“Phenomenal Consciousness and Intentionality: Comment on Charles Siewert’s The Significance of Consciousness”
Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness (2001).

“The Consequence Argument and the Mind Argument”
Analysis 61 (2001).
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“How to Solve Blum’s Paradox” (with Samuel C. Rickless),
Analysis 61 (2001). (paper)

“The Lottery Paradox, Knowledge, and Rationality”
The Philosophical Review 109 (2000).
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“Two Standpoints and the Belief in Freedom,”
Journal of Philosophy 97 (2000).
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Book Reviews

Randolph Clarke, Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility (with Samuel C. Rickless)
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2015).

T. M. Scanlon, Moral Dimensions: Permissibility, Meaning, and Blame
The Philosophical Review (2011).

George Sher, Who Knew? Responsibility Without Awareness
Ethics 121 (2011).

Other Reviews and Interviews

“Interview on Free Will and Moral Responsibility”
Methode 2014.

“Freedom Fighters” (Review of The Adjustment Bureau) (with Samuel C. Rickless)
The Philosopher’s Magazine 54 (2011).