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  • Errol Lord

    Postdoctoral Research Fellowand Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosphy
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:30 pm and by appointment
    Summary: Ethical Theory, Epistemology, Philosophy of Action

    Professional Biography

    Lord received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University. His research has focused on the metaphysics of the normative, especially in metaethics and epistemology. In his dissertation he explored the relationship between rationality and normative reasons. His current research explores the nature of obligation, the nature of knowledge, the structure of normative theories, and the metaphysical structure of normativity.


    Ph.D. in Philosophy, Princeton Universtiy, 2013

    M.A. in Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincolcn, 2009

    B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, Arizona State University, 2007


    1. "Violating Requirements, Exiting from Requirements, and the Scope of Rationality." The Philosophical Quarterly 61:243. 2011. 
    2. "Having Reasons and the Factoring Account." Philosophical Studies 149:3. 2010. 
    3. "Dancy on Acting for the Right Reasons." Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy. 2008.

    Forthcoming Works:
    1. Weighing Reasons (co-edited with Barry Maguire) under contract with Oxford University Press
    2. "Acting for the Right Reasons, Abilities, and Obligation" forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 10, Oxford University Press (edited by Russ Shafer-Landau).
    3. "Epistemic Reasons, Evidence, and Defeaters" forthcoming in Oxford Handbook on Reasons and Normativity, Oxford University Press (edited by Daniel Star).
    4. "From Independence to Conciliationism: An Obituary" (forthcoming in Australian Journal of Philosophy.
    5. "An Opinionated Guide to the Weight of Reasons" (with Barry Maguire) forthcoming in Weighing Reasons, Oxford University Press (pending final review)
    6. The Real Symmetry Problem(s) for Wide-Scope Accounts of Rationality. forthcoming in Philosophical Studies.
    7. The Coherent and the Rational. forthcoming in Analytic Philosophy.


    1. "Friday Night Lights and the American Dream" (with Andrew Huddleston). Panel on Aesthetics and Friday Night Lights, American Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference. San Diego, California. November 2013. 
    2. "Acting for the Right Reasons, Abilities, and Obligation." Madison Metaethics Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, Wisconsin. September 2013. 

    Course Information

    PHI375/SPM375: Topics in Moral Psychology. In this course we will explore some of the issues philosophers are interested in when it comes to understanding people. We will be particularly interested in a set of questions that intererst practical philosophers like ethicists and philosophers of action and a set of questions that interest theoretical philosophers like epistemologists and philosophers of mind. We will also include work from psychology, neuroscience, and literature.