Matthew Hanser

Professor of Philosophy

Office Hours

Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Office Location

South Hall 5724


Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Law


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles


Although I teach on a wide variety of topics, my research primarily concerns problems in moral philosophy—especially problems arising where moral philosophy intersects with other branches of philosophy, such as philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophy of language, or metaphysics.





1.       “Acting Wrongly by Trying,” in Mark Timmons (ed.), Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Volume 4 (Oxford University Press, 2015)

2.       “Doing Another’s Bidding,” in George Pavlakos and Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (eds.), Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency (Cambridge University Press, 2015

3.       “Imperfect Aiding,” in Steven Luper (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

4.       “Harm,” The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Blackwell Publishing, 2013)

5.       “The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death,” in Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman and Jens Johansson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Death (Oxford University Press, 2013)

6.       “Still More on the Metaphysics of Harm,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (March 2011): 459-469

7.       “Harming and Procreating,” in Melinda Roberts and David Wasserman (eds.), Harming Future Persons: Ethics, Genetics and the Nonidentity Problem (Springer-Verlag, 2009)

8.       “The Metaphysics of Harm,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (September 2008): 421-450

9.       “Actions, Acting, and Acting Well,” in Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 3 (Oxford University Press, 2008)

10.   “Permissibility and Practical Inference,” Ethics 115 (April 2005): 443-470

11.   “Where’s the Harm in Dying?” Philosophical Books 46 (January 2005): 4-10

12.   “Intention and Accident,” Philosophical Studies 98 (March 2000): 17-36

13.   “Killing, Letting Die and Preventing People from Being Saved,” Utilitas 11 (November 1999): 277-295

14.   “Interfering with Aid,” Analysis 59 (January 1999): 41-47

15.   “Intention and Teleology,” Mind 107 (April 1998): 381-401

16.   “A Puzzle about Beneficence,” Analysis 58 (April 1998): 159-165

17.   “Why Are Killing and Letting Die Wrong?” Philosophy & Public Affairs 24 (Summer 1995): 175-201

18.   “Harming Future People,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 19 (Winter 1990): 47-70