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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

Thomas Schmidt is on a research sabbatical during the summer semester 2018. Until the end of September office hours will be held only by individual appointment.
 

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)

“Moral Equivalence Judgements”, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (11 October 2017); Ethik-Zentrum, University of Zürich (9 April 2018); research colloquium on practical philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern (12 April 2018); Summer Institute on Practical Normativity: Reasons, Princeton University (05 August 2018) (handout)

“The structural appeal of consequentialism (and how to resist it)”, Berlin-Bern-Zürich-Workshop Ethische Theorie, University of Zürich (13 April 2018); Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz (17 Mai 2018); Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion, LMU Munich (27 June 2018); 15th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies (Panel “Moral Theory and the Consequentialism/Non-Consequentialism Distinction”), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (25 July 2018) (handout)

“Warum sind falsche Lügen falsch?”, Ethik-Konversationen, Munich Center for Ethics, LMU Munich (28 June 2018) (handout)

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

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 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 January 2017)

(for a list of more talks, see CV)