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Ben Vilhauer

Associate Professor


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 5/117

  • Profile

    Professor Vilhauer specializes in free will theory in Kant and contemporary philosophy, as well as related topics in ethics, including the justification of punishment.

  • Education

    AB, Harvard
    PhD, University of Chicago

  • Research Interests

    Kant, Free Will

  • Publications

    (1) "Persons, Punishment, and Free Will Skepticism", Philosophical Studies, January 2013, Vol. 162, No. 2, pp. 143-163.
    (2) "Taking Free Will Skepticism Seriously", The Philosophical Quarterly, October 2012, Vol. 62, No. 249, pp. 833–852.
    (3) "The Scope of Responsibility in Kant's Theory of Free Will", The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2010, Vol. 18. No. 1, pp. 45-71.
    (4) "Free Will Skepticism and Personhood as a Desert Base", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2009, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 489-511.
    (5) "Free Will and Reasonable Doubt", American Philosophical Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 46., No. 2, pp. 131-140.
    (6) "The Theme of Time in Thoreau's Cape Cod", Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies (the journal of the Thoreau Society), 2008, New Series, Vol. 16, pp. 33-44.

    (7) "Hard Determinism, Humeanism, and Virtue Ethics", Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2008, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 121-144.
    (8) "Hard Determinism, Remorse, and Virtue Ethics", Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2004, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 547-564.
    (9) "Can We Interpret Kant as a Compatibilist about Determinism and Moral Responsibility?", The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2004, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 719-730.
    (10) "On a Tension in Diamond’s Account of Tractarian Nonsense", Philosophical Investigations, 2003, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 230-238.

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