I work mostly in philosophy of action and on issues of human agency — including free will, moral responsibility, and moral psychology — but I also have interests in metaphysics and ethics more broadly.

Information on my publications appears below, including links where possible (though some require a subscription).


Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, vol. 5: Essays on themes from the work of Gary Watson (co-edited with D. Justin Coates), Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, vol. 2: ‘Freedom and Resentment’ at 50 (co-edited with David Shoemaker), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Blame: Its Nature and Norms (co-edited with D. Justin Coates), New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

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  1. “Free Will and Two Local Determinisms” (with Andrew Law), forthcoming in Erkenntnis.
  2. “Regretting the Impossible”, invited article for William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life, edited by Jacob Goodson, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018, pp. 121-139.
  3. “Pride in Christian Philosophy and Theology” (with Kevin Timpe), in The Moral Psychology of Pride, edited by J. Adam Carter and Emma C. Gordon, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, pp.  211-234.
  4. “Incompatibilism and the Fixity of the Past” (with John Martin Fischer), in Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from van Inwagen, ed. John Keller, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 140-148.
  5. “Free Will and Miracles”, in Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 2016): 236-238. (Publisher’s link here.)
  6. “Free Will and Time Travel”, invited article for The Routledge Companion to Free Will, edited by Meghan Griffith, Neil Levy, and Kevin Timpe, 2016, pp. 680-690.
  7. “The Strains of Involvement”, in The Nature of Moral Responsibility, edited by Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna, and Angela Smith, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 19-44.
  8. “Grounding the Luck Objection”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 93, No. 1 (January 2015): 127-138. (Publisher’s link here.)
  9. “Reactive Attitudes and Volitional Necessity”, The Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 48, No. 2, (December 2014): 677-89. (Publisher’s link here.)
  10. “Blame” (with D. Justin Coates), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>
  11. “The Structure of a Manipulation Argument”, Ethics, Vol. 124, No. 2, (January 2014): 358-369. (Publisher’s link here.)
  12. “Blameworthiness and the Affective Account of Blame”, PhilosophiaVol. 41, No. 4, (December 2013): 1299-1312. (Publisher’s link here.)
  13. “The Logic of Theological Incompatiblism: A Reply to Westphal” (with John Martin Fischer), Analysis, Vol. 73, No. 1 (January 2013): 46-48. (Publisher’s link here.)
  14. “Omniscience, Freedom, and Dependence” (with John Martin Fischer), Philosophy and Phenomenological ResearchVol. 88, No. 2, (March 2014): 346-367. (Publisher’s link here, with a reply by Jonathan Westphal.)
  15. “The Contours of Blame” (with D. Justin Coates), ch. 1 of Coates & Tognazzini, eds., Blame: Its Nature and Norms. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 3-26.
  16. “Responsibility”, The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Hugh LaFollette, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 4592-4602. (Publisher’s link here.)
  17. “The Nature and Ethics of Blame” (with D. Justin Coates), Philosophy Compass, Vol. 7, No. 3 (March 2012): 197-207. (Publisher’s link here.)
  18. “The Physiognomy of Responsibility” (with John Martin Fischer), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 82, No. 2, (March 2011): 381-417. (Publisher’s link here.)
  19. “Understanding Source Incompatibilism”, The Modern Schoolman (now Res Philosophica), Vol. 88, Nos. 1-2 (January & April 2011): 73-88. (Special issue on free will.)
  20. “Owning Up to Luck”, Social Theory & Practice, Vol. 37, No. 1, (January 2011): 95-112.
  21. “Persistence and Responsibility”, in Time and Identity, edited by Campbell, O’Rourke, and Silverstein, MIT Press, 2010: 149-163. (Publisher’s link here.)
  22. “Why Frankfurt-Examples Don’t Need to Succeed to Succeed” (with Felipe Leon), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 80, No. 3, (May 2010): 551-565. (Publisher’s link here.)
  23. “Blame and Avoidability: Reply to Otsuka” (with John Martin Fischer), The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 14, No. 1, (March 2010): 43-51.  (Publisher’s link here, with a reply by Michael Otsuka.)
  24. “The Truth About Tracing” (with John Martin Fischer), Noûs, Vol. 43, No. 3, (September 2009): 531-556. (Publisher’s link here.)
  25. “Engaging with Pike: God, Freedom, and Time” (with John Martin Fischer and Patrick Todd), Philosophical Papers, Vol. 38, No. 2, (July 2009): 247-270. (Publisher’s link here.)
  26. “A Problem for Guidance Control” (with Patrick Todd), The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 233, (October 2008): 685-692. (Publisher’s link here.)
  27. “Exploring Evil and Philosophical Failure: A Critical Notice of Peter van Inwagen’s The Problem of Evil” (with John Martin Fischer), Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 24, No. 4, (October 2007): 458-474. (Publisher’s link here.)
  28. “The Hybrid Nature of Promissory Obligation”, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 35, No. 3, (Summer 2007): 203-232. (Publisher’s link here.)
  29. “Simples and the Possibility of  Discrete Space”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 84, No. 1, (March 2006): 117-128. (Publisher’s link here.)

Book Reviews

  1. “Review of Carolina Sartorio’s Causation and Free Will,” The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 113, No. 8, (August 2016): 417-422.
  2. “Review of Neil Levy’s Hard Luck: How Luck  Undermines Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 90, No. 4, (August 2012): 809-812. (Publisher’s link here.)
  3. “Review of Kevin Timpe’s Free Will: Sourcehood and Its Alternatives,” Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 2, (April 2011): 239-243.
  4. “Review of George Sher’s Who Knew? Responsibility Without Awareness,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, published online January 3, 2010,
  5. “Review of Alfred Mele’s Free Will and Luck,” The Philosophical Review, Vol. 118, No. 2, (April 2009): 259-261. (Publisher’s link here.)