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Tamler Sommers
  • 2011-2012 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Tamler Sommers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University in 2005. He is the author of two books, Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility (Princeton University Press, 2011) and A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain (McSweeney’s, 2009). The latter is a collection of interviews with philosophers and scientists working on issues in moral psychology. Recent publications include “Experimental Philosophy and Free Will” (Philosophy Compass), “The Two Faces of Revenge: Moral Responsibility and the Culture of Honor” (Biology and Philosophy), “More Work for Hard Incompatibilism” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), and “The Objective Attitude” (Philosophical Quarterly). Sommers also contributes regularly to the Times Literary Supplement and conducts interviews for The Believer.

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.