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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy/Ethics

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

Office: Unter den Linden 6, room 3043

Phone: +49 30 2093-2763, Fax: +49 30 2093-7438

Office hours: wednesdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
(please notify the Administrative Office in advance)
 

CV (.pdf)

   

Research Interests

Normative ethics: deontology, moral principles, ethical pluralism; foundational problems of practical philosophy: objectivity, normativity, practical reasons and practical reason,zürich moral epistemology, moral responsibility

Vita

Studied philosophy, mathematics, physics and economics at Göttingen and Oxford. PhD in philosophy (Göttingen, 1998). Habilitation in philosophy (Göttingen University, 2005). Since 2006 professor of philosophy at Humboldt University, Berlin. Visiting posts and fellowships at various universities, including St Andrews (UK), Münster and Zurich.

Publications (selection)

“Instrumentalism About Practical Reason: Not by Default”, Philosophical Explorations 19/1 (2016), pp. 17-27. (pdf)

“Accounting for Moral Conflicts”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (2016), pp. 9-19. (pdf)

“Ethischer Intuitionismus und das Problem der Moralbegründung”, in: D. v. d. Pfordten (ed.), Moralischer Realismus?, Münster: mentis 2015, pp. 185–199. (pdf)

“How to Understand the Problem of Moral Luck”, in: B. Kahmen/M. Stepanians (eds.), Causation and Responsibility: Critical Essays, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2013, pp. 299-310. (pdf)

“Vom Allgemeinen zum Einzelfall. Die orientierende Funktion moralischer Prinzipien”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 66/4 (2012), pp. 513–538. (pdf)

“Evolutionäre Erklärungen von Moral und die Autonomie der Ethik”, in: Th. Schmidt/T. Tarkian (eds.), Naturalismus in der Ethik. Perspektiven und Grenzen, Paderborn: mentis 2011, pp. 87–107.

“Die Herausforderung des ethischen Relativismus”, in: G. Ernst (ed.), Moralischer Relativismus, Paderborn: mentis 2009, pp. 117–137. (pdf)

(see also philpapersfor a complete list, see CV)

Talks (selection)

“Die strukturelle Attraktivität des Konsequentialismus – und wie man sich ihr entzieht”, Berlin-Bern-Zürich-Workshop Ethische Theorie, University of Zürich (13 April 2018)

“Moral Equivalence Judgements”, research colloquium on practical philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern (12 April 2018)

“Moral Equivalence Judgements”, Ethik-Zentrum, University of Zürich (9 April 2018)

John Rawls: A Theory of Justice, Ringvorlesung Werke der modernen Philosophie, Universität Erlangen (23 January 2018) (Pdf)

Moral Equivalences and Ethical Theories, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (11 October 2017) (Handout)

Moral Obligation and the Structure of Practical Conflicts, Department of Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt a. M. (17 May 2017); Department of Philosophy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (23 May 2017); Conference The Nature of Moral Obligation, HU Berlin (01/02 June 2017) (handout)

Reflective Equilibrium Without Principles, Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton (07 February 2017); Centre for Ethics and Metaethics, University of Leeds (22 March 2017)

Das Rätsel der Lüge. Eine philosophische Reise in die Welt der Täuschungen, Humboldt Children's University, HU Berlin (16 March 2017) (Pdf)

Moralische Überforderung und Supererogation, Workshop Moralische Überforderung, KFG Normenbegründung in Medizinethik und Biopolitik, University of Münster (21/22 January 2017)

Rights and Reasons, Ethik-Zentrum, University of Zürich (28 November 2016)

Gründe, Rechte und moralische Freiräume, Conference Kritik des Moralismus, University of Erlangen (11 November 2016) (handout)

“Ethische Prinzipien: Reichweite und Grenzen”, lecture series Methoden der Ethik, University of Hamburg (08 June 2016) (handout)

“Right Actions, Bad Motives, and Puzzling Maxims”, Workshop The Cosmos of Duty Above and the Moral Law Within, University of Stuttgart (5-7 May 2016) (handout)

“Die Evolution der Moral und die Autonomie der Ethik”, Department of Philosophy, University of Cologne (19 January 2016)

“Gibt es unauflösbare moralische Konflikte?”, ETH Zürich (30.09.2015); Department of Philosophy, University of Erlangen (16 June 2015) (handout)

(for a list of more talks, see CV)