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David Shoemaker
  • Professor Of Philosophy
  • dshoemak@tulane.edu
  • Phone: (504) 862-3390
  • Newcomb Hall, Room 113
  • 105 Newcomb Hall
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA 70118


David Shoemaker is Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member at the Murphy Institute, and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs where he chairs the Center's Faculty Steering Committee, and convenes the Center's Faculty Seminar.

Professor Shoemaker received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine in 1996. Before coming to Tulane, he was Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University and is still a Senior Research Fellow at BGSU’s Social Philosophy and Policy Center. In 2007-2008, he served as a Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs. His research interests include agency and responsibility, contemporary ethical theory, personal identity and ethics, social & political philosophy, applied ethics, bioethics, and moral psychology. He is the organizer of the biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), and is the editor of the companion series Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility.

To learn more about Professor Shoemaker and his research, please visit his Google site here: https://sites.google.com/site/dshoemakr/home


  • “Attributability, Answerability, and Accountability: Toward a Wider Theory of Moral Responsibility," Ethics, 121 (2011): 602-632.
  • “Responsibility and Disability,” Metaphilosophy 40 (July 2009): 438-461. Reprinted as “Responsibility, Agency, and Cognitive Disability,” in Cognitive Disability and its Challenge to Moral Philosophy, Eva Feder Kittay and Licia Carlson, eds. (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • Personal Identity & Ethics: A Brief Introduction (Broadview Press, 2009).
  • “Moral Address, Moral Responsibility, and the Boundaries of the Moral Community,” Ethics 118 (October 2007).
  • “Personal Identity and Practical Concerns,” Mind 116 (April 2007).
  • "Personal Identity and Ethics,” entry in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • “Caring, Identification, and Agency,” Ethics 114 (October 2003).
  • “‘Dirty Words’ and the Offense Principle,” Law and Philosophy 19 (September 2000): 545-584.
  • “Theoretical Persons and Practical Agents,” Philosophy & Public Affairs, Fall 1996.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.