Ben Vilhauer

Professor, Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Critique of Retribution
  • Philosophy of Punishment
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Free Will


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Ben Vilhauer


Prof. Vilhauer has an A.B. in Philosophy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is currently Professor and Chair of the City College Philosophy Department. 

His research interests include free will theory, Kantian ethics, and non-retributive approaches to the philosophy of criminal law. He has published a variety of articles on these topics in edited volumes and journals including The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the American Philosophical Quarterly, and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.


Recent Publications

"Taking Free Will Skepticism Seriously", The Philosophical Quarterly, October 2012, Vol. 62, No. 249, pp. 833–852.

"Persons, Punishment, and Free Will Skepticism", Philosophical Studies, January 2013, Vol. 162, No. 2, pp. 143-163.

"The People Problem", in Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility, ed. Gregg Caruso.  New York: Lexington Books, 2013, pp. 141-60.

"Free Will Skepticism and Human Rights", Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2014, pp. 19-25.

"Kant and the Possibility of Transcendental Freedom", forthcoming in The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism, ed. Matthew Altman.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

"Kant's Theory of Free Will", forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Free Will, ed. Kevin Timpe, Meghan Griffith, and Neil Levy.  New York: Routledge.