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  • Holly Smith
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Specialties: Normative Ethics, Structural Questions about Normative Theories, Issues of Moral Responsibility
  • Email: hsmith@philosophy.rutgers.edu

 

 

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Ph.D., University of Michigan. Holly Smith works on questions in normative ethics, moral responsibility, and structural questions transcending normative theories. Her book Making Morality Work was published by Oxford University Press (UK) in 2018, and has been the subject of reviews in the New York Times, Mind, Ethics, Utilitas, among others, and was the focus of an Ethics Review Forum on PEA Soup blog (one of ten most read substantive posts for 2019). Her most recent articles include “Alternative Actions,” forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Consequentialism, edited by Douglas Portmore for OUP (USA); “The Morality of Creating and Eliminating Duties” (with David E. Black), Philosophical Studies 176 (2019), 3211–3240; “The Zimmerman-Graham Debate on Objectivism versus Prospectivism,” The Journal of Moral Philosophy 15 (2018) 401-414; “Tracing Cases of Culpable Ignorance,” in Rik Peels, ed., Moral and Social Perspectives on Ignorance (Routledge Press, 2016): 95-119; “Dual-Process Theory and Moral Responsibility,” in Michael McKenna, Angela Smith, and Randolph Clarke, eds., The Nature of Moral Responsibility (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 175-208; and “The Subjective Moral Duty to Inform Oneself before Acting,” the lead article in Ethics 125 (October, 2014), 1 – 28.

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