David Shoemaker, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1996, Philosophy.
M.A., University of California, Irvine, 1993, Philosophy.
B.A., Houghton College, Houghton, New York, 1985, Philosophy.

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy

Faculty Member
Murphy Institute


Newcomb 113

(504) 862-3393

Curriculum Vitae

New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)

Phil Papers editor, Persons

Co-editor, PEA Soup

Academic Interests:

  • Personal Identity and Ethics
  • Agency and Responsibility
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics/Biomedical Ethics
  • Moral Psychology


  • Knowledge, Nature, and Norms: An Introduction to Philosophy, a text and reader written and edited with Mark Timmons (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2009).
  • Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, (Ontario, Canada: Broadview Press, 2009).
  • Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, Vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), edited.

Selected Articles (link to David Shoemaker's papers at PhilPapers):

  • "On Criminal and Moral Responsibility," in Mark Timmons, ed., Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 3 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • "Blame and Punishment," in Justin Coates and Neal Tognazzini, eds., Blame: Its Nature and Norms (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • "Attributability, Answerability, and Accountability: Toward a Wider Theory of Moral Responsibility," Ethics 121 (2011): 602-632.
  • "Moral Responsibility and the Self," Oxford Handbook of the Self, ed. by Shaun Gallagher (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • "Personal Identity and Ethics," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (March 2008), Edward N. Zalta, ed.
  • "Moral Address, Moral Responsibility, and the Boundaries of the Moral Community," Ethics 118 (October 2007): 70-108.
  • "Personal Identity and Practical Concerns," Mind 116 (April 2007): 317-357.  
  • "Caring, Identification, and Agency," Ethics 114 (October 2003): 88-118

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