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Biography

John M. Doris is Professor in the Philosophy–Neuroscience–Psychology Program and Philosophy Department, Washington University in St. Louis. He works at the intersection of cognitive science, moral psychology, and philosophical ethics, and his papers have appeared in venues such as Noûs, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Cognition, Bioethics, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Research in Personality, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Doris has been awarded fellowships from Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities; Princeton’s University Center for Human Values; the National Humanities Center; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and is a winner of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s Stanton Prize for excellence in interdisciplinary research.

He authored Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior (Cambridge, 2002) and Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency (Oxford, 2015). With his colleagues in the Moral Psychology Research Group, he wrote and edited The Moral Psychology Handbook (Oxford, 2010). He is presently at work on a collection of his essays, Character Trouble: Undisciplined Essays on Personality and Agency, for Oxford University Press, and has begun a new monograph, Making Good: In Search of Moral Expertise. At Washington University, Doris’ pedagogy has been recognized with an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Graduate Student Senate and the David Hadas Teaching Award for excellence in the instruction of first year undergraduates.


 

Books

Doris, J. M. under contract. Character Trouble: Undisciplined Essays on Personality and Agency. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Doris, J. M. 2015. Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency. Oxford: Oxford University Press

The book can be purchased here or here.

Doris, J. M., and The Moral Psychology Research Group (eds.). 2010. The Moral Psychology Handbook. Oxford: Oxford University Press

The book can be purchased here or here.

Doris, J. M. 2002. Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior. New York: Cambridge University Press

The book can be purchased here or here.

For a review of Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency, see: ndpr.nd.edu/news/62138-talking-to-our-selves-reflection-ignorance-and-agency/.

For a review of The Moral Psychology Handbook, see: ndpr.nd.edu/news/24704-the-moral-psychology-handbook.

For a review of Lack of Character, see: ndpr.nd.edu/news/23601-lack-of-character-personality-and-moral-behavior.

For a bibliography including papers that address the arguments in Lack of Character, see: philpapers.org/browse/skepticism-about-character.

 

Publications

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Unless otherwise noted, seniority on jointly authored papers is indicated by order listed.

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Curriculum Vitae

For a pdf file with the curriculum see this file.

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Books, articles, and reviews

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Presentations:

  1. “Making Good.” The John L. Doris Memorial Lecture, School of Human Ecology, Cornell University. April 2017
  2. “Skepticism about Decisions.” Keynote, Workshop on Decision Making. Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program and Philosophy Department. Washington University in St. Louis. April, 2016
  3. “Précis” and “Replies.” Author Meets Critics Session on Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance and Agency (Doris 2015). Commentators: J. M. Fischer, D. Nelkin, M. Vargas. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, San Francisco, CA. April 2016
  4. “Précis” and “Replies.” Author Meets Critics Session on Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance and Agency (Doris 2015). Commentators: N. Arpaly, R. Kane, V. Tiberius. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Chicago, IL. March 2016
  5. “The Case of the Virtuous Psychiatrist.” APA Committee on Philosophy and Medicine Symposium: Cognitive (Neuro)Science and Ethics. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Chicago, IL. March 2016
  6. “Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Skepticism and Agency.”
    • Saint Louis University. September 2015
    • Austin J. Fagothey, SJ Philosophy Conference 2015: The Promise of Experimental Philosophy, Santa Clara University, January 2015
    • Philosophy Department, University of Cincinnati. September 2014
    • Department of Philosophy, Rhodes College, October 2013
    • Philosophy Society, London School of Economics, November 2013
    • Philosophy Department, University of Cambridge, November 2013
    • Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, University of Sheffield, November 2013
  7. “Doing Without (Arguing about) Desert.” Contribution to book symposium on Manuel Vargas’ Building Better Beings. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, San Diego, CA, April 2014
  8. “Character (?): The Research Program.” Keynote Address. 39th Conference on Value Inquiry: Virtue, Vice, and Character. Western Kentucky University. April 2013
  9. “Talking to Our Selves.” Keynote Address. 36th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 2013
  10. “What Is Reason For?” Public Lecture. The Murphy Institute, Tulane University. September 2012
  11. “Character: The Research Program.” Visiting Instructor, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Experimental Philosophy for College and University Teachers. Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona. July 2012
  12. “Talking to Our Selves.” Department of Philosophy, University of Nebraska, Omaha. March 2012
  13. “The Samurai and the Situation: Character, Culture, and Character Skepticism.” Joel Kupperman Retirement Conference, The University of Connecticut, Storrs. May 2011
  14. “How to take character seriously (and how to get them what ain’t already drunk the koolaid to do the same): Some dos and don’ts.” Invited Symposium: “Taking Character Seriously.” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, April 2011
  15. “Talking to Ourselves: Reflection, Skepticism, and Agency.” Keynote Address, Graduate Student Workshop, University of Miami. November 2010
  16. “A Natural History of the Self.”
    • University of Colorado Boulder, Oct. 2010
    • Department of Philosophy, Purdue University. April, 2010
    • University of Arkansas, Little Rock. April, 2010
    • Werkmeister Conference: Experimental Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University. January, 2010
    • Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis. April 2009
    • Invited Symposium, “Empirical Approaches to Moral Philosophy.” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Chicago, Ill. February 2009
    • Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago. February 2009
    • Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina. February 2009
    • Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series, Department of Philosophy and Religion, North Carolina State University. February 2009
  17. “The Method of Madness.” Visiting Instructor, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Experimental Philosophy for College and University Teachers. University of Utah, July 2009
  18. “Vicious Minds: Virtue, Cognition, and Skepticism.” With Lauren Olin. Invited presentation, Society for Empirical Ethics. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 2009
  19. “Heated Agreement: Lack of Character as Being for the Good.” Contribution to book symposium on Robert Adams’ A Theory of Virtue. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 2009
  20. “Skepticism about Persons” Political and Moral Thought Seminar. Department of Philosophy and Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Program, Johns Hopkins University. February 2009
  21. “A Natural History of the Self.”
    • Keynote Address, Western Michigan University Graduate Student Conference. December 2008M
    • Philosophy Department, Wake Forest University. November 2008
    • Department of Philosophy, Duke University. September, 2008
  22. “A Natural History of the Self: 1. How to Build a Person 2. On Reflection 3.Talking to Ourselves” (three lecture series). Ethics Programme and the Seminar in Science Studies, University of Oslo. May 2008
  23. “On Reflection ( . . . more or less)”
    • Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. April 2008
    • Spring Colloquium: “Philosophical Methods.” Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. March, 2008
    • Conference on “Morality and Mind: Ethics at the Crossroads of Culture and Science.” Project on Ethics and Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University. February, 2008
    • Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego. January, 2008
  24. “Field Notes: A Natural History of the Self.”
    • Invited presentation, conference on “Mind, Agency, and Emotion: New Perspectives on Moral Psychology.” University of San Francisco, November 2007
    • Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside, November 2007
  25. “Broadminded: Sociality and the Cognitive Science of Morality” Invited Presentation, 32nd Midwest Philosophy Colloquium: “Frontiers of Moral Psychology.” With Shaun Nichols. University of Minnesota, Morris, October 2007
  26. “A Philosopher Goes to the Apocalypse: Moral Psychology at the Twilight of the Anthropocene.” Keynote Address, Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference. University of Denver, September 2007
  27. “Broadminded: The Social Realization of Persons.” Invited presentation, Experimental Philosophy Meets Conceptual Analysis Conference. Research School of the Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, July 2007
  28. “Broadminded: The Social Realization of Moral Minds.” Stanton Award Address. Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meetings, York University, Toronto, Canada, June 2007
  29. “Talking to Our Selves” Invited Symposium on the Self, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, April 2007
  30. “How to Build a Person.”
    • Invited Presentation, 32nd Midwest Philosophy Colloquium: “Frontiers of Moral Psychology.” University of Minnesota, Morris, October 2007
    • Submitted presentation, Australasian Association for Philosophy, 2007 Annual Meetings, University of New England, Armidale, Australia, July 2007
    • Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, March 2007
    • Workshop on “The Concept of Character,” The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, February 2007
    • Seminar in Moral Psychology (Joshua Knobe and Jesse Prinz), Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, January 2007
    • Invited Presentation, Association for the Philosophy of Education, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meetings, December 2006
    • Department of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, October 2006
    • Submitted presentation, Iowa Philosophical Society Annual Meetings, September 2006
  31. “How (Not) to Build a Person.” Invited presentation, Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meetings, June 2006
    Invited Presentation, Altruism and Moral Psychology Conference, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, June 2006
  32. “Talking about Lack of Character.” Ethics Reading Group, Northwestern University, May 2006
  33. “Skepticism about Evil: From My Lai to Abu Ghraib.” 32nd Annual Fritz Marti Lecture, Philosophy Department, Southern Illinois University, March 2006
  34. “Three Faces of Naturalism.” Contribution to a book symposium on Timothy Schroeder’s Three Faces of Desire. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, March 2006
  35. “War Crimes: Atrocity, Responsibility, and Skepticism about Evil.” Invited lecture for colloquium series on evil, The Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University. March 2006
    Bates College, March 2006
  36. “Variantism about Responsibility”
    • Stanford University, February 2006
    • University of Memphis, December 2005
    • University of Missouri, Columbia, November 2005
    • Seminar in Moral Psychology, Rutgers University. With Joshua Knobe. April 2005
    • Invited presentation, Society for Empirical Ethics, American Philosophical Association Meetings, Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA. With Joshua Knobe. March 2005
  37. “Skepticism About Persons” Invited presentation, conference on “Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Challenge of Situationism.” University of Denver, October 2005
  38. “Emotion Roundtable, Octavian Session: Ethics and Emotion.” Invited presentation, International Society for the Study of Emotion, Annual Meetings. San Francisco, CA. April 2005
  39. “Ethics without Persons” Rutgers University, April 2005
    St. Louis University, March 2005
  40. “Vehicle Trouble.” Invited presentation, conference on “Reasoning, Rationality, and Know How.” Center for Cognitive Science, California State University, Long Beach. February, 2005
  41. “Lack of Character.” Bates-Bowdoin-Colby Colleges Ethics Group, May 2004
  42. “The Philosopher and the Situation: Dispatches from the Character Wars.”
    • University of Utah, September 2004
    • University of Vermont, May 2004
    • Seminar in Moral Psychology, Rutgers University, April 2005.
  43. “How to Argue about Disagreement.” With Alexandra Plakias. Invited presentation, Institute on the Psychology and Biology of Morality, Dartmouth College, May 2004
  44. “After Psychology: Virtue Ethics, Facts, and Futures.” Invited presentation, Rocky Mountain Virtue Ethics Summit, University of Colorado, Boulder, April 2004
  45. “Health and Ill-Health.” Commentary on Paul Bloomfield’s Moral Reality, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, March 2004
  46. “How to Talk About People: What Happened when Philosophers Read Some Psychology.” Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis, February 2004
  47. “The Polysemous Folk Concept of Traits: Comments on Uleman.” Werkmeister Conference on Folk Concepts, Florida State University, January 2004
  48. “Facing the Facts: Three Case Studies in ‘Empirically Informed Ethics.’”
    • Washington University in St. Louis, December 2003
    • University of Maryland, College Park, November 2003
    • Florida State University, October 2003
    • Invited presentation, Philosophy of Science Conference, University of California, San Diego, June 2003
  49. “Bennett’s Big Book.” University of California Santa Cruz Alumni Association Lecture. San Diego, CA. May 2003
  50. “Précis” and “Replies.” Author Meets Critics session on my Lack of Character. Commentators: J. Annas, N. Arpaly, R. Solomon. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, March 2003
  51. “How Moral Philosophy and Empirical Studies of Moral Cognition Can Interact More Productively.” With Chandra Sripada and Stephen P. Stich. Workshop on Naïve Moral Cognition, Harvard University. November 2002
  52. “War Crimes: An Attenuated Skepticism.” Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, January 2003
  53. Department of Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, March 2002
  54. “Moral Philosophy: The New Work.” California Institute of Technology, February 2002
  55. “Empirical Perspectives on (Perspectives on) Responsibility.” Invited Symposium: “Moral Psychology.” Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2001
  56. “As a Matter of Fact: The Current Status of Psychological Realism in Ethics.” Invited Session: “Empirical Perspectives on Ethics,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meetings, March 2001
  57. “Character and Method.” Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, December 2000
  58. “The Troubles with Courage (Or: The Trouble with Courages).” United States Military Academy, West Point, November 2000
  59. “What Can Be Done With Psychology: Some Uneasy Reflections on Psychology, Responsibility, and Criminal Liability.” Program in Law and Public Affairs and Program in Linguistics, Princeton University, May 2000
  60. “The Philosophical ‘We:’ Kumar on Moral Luck.” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, April 2000
  61. “Four Ways of Thinking About Personality.” Seminar in Ethics: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cognitive Science Perspectives. Rutgers University, April 2000
  62. “The Character Hoax: Politics, Character, and the Politics of Character.” New Jersey City University, March 2000
  63. “How (and Why) to Be a Psychological Realist.” The Ohio State University, January 2000
  64. “Psychological Realism and Skepticism About Character.” Jointly sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Duke University and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, November 1999
  65. “Lack of Character.” San José State University, April 1999
  66. “Harman on the Fundamental Attribution Error.” California Institute of Technology, February 1999
  67. “Persons, Situations, and Virtue Ethics.” University of Texas, Austin, February 1998
    University of California, Santa Cruz, January 1998
  68. “Aristotle and the Theory Critics.” The Ohio State University, April 1998
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 1998
  69. “Is There Anything to be Ashamed Of?”
    • The Ohio State University, March 1997
    • Carnegie Mellon University, February 1997
    • Southern Methodist University, January 1997
  70. “Lack of Character: Social Context and the Fragility of Personality.” Franklin and Marshall College, January 1997
    Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, February 1996

Teaching, Washington University in St. Louis:

Introduction to the Mind/Brain; Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to Cognitive Science; Seminar in Value Theory: Empirical Perspectives on Responsibility; Proseminar: The Self; Biomedical Ethics; Wilderness Studies; Mind and Morals; Seminar in Ethics: The Self; Senior Seminar: What Good is College?; Senior Seminar: The Moral Psychology of Character; Senior Seminar: The Philosophy of Sport; PhilosophyNeuroscience-Psychology Program Dissertation Writing Seminar; Seminar: Expertise

Teaching, University of California, Santa Cruz:

Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Introduction to Ethical Theory; Health Care Ethics; Epistemology and Cognition; Wilderness Studies; Social and Political Philosophy; Seminar: Topics in Moral Psychology; Seminar: Psychopathology and Freedom; Seminar: War Crimes; Seminar: Free Will; Seminar: Advanced Value Theory (Recent Work in Metaethics)

Teaching, University of Michigan:

Biomedical Ethics; Honors Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to Philosophy; Informal Logic and Critical Thinking

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Contact

e-mail: jdoris@artsci.wustl.edu

phone: 314.601.5450

office: Wilson Hall, Room. 210

Moral Psychology Research Group: moralpsychology.net

Washington University personal webiste: philosophy.artsci.wustl.edu/people/John_Doris

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