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Dr Simon Robertson

Overview

Dr Simon Robertson Position: Lecturer Email: RobertsonS3@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 70729
Extension: 70729
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.

Research Group

Philosophy

Research Interests

Ethics (Meta-Ethics, Practical Reason, Normative Ethics, Moral Psychology, Value Theory); Nietzsche; Philosophy of Normativity; Philosophy of Risk.

Selected Publications

Nietzsche, Naturalism & Normativity (with C. Janaway, eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012).

Spheres of Reason: New Essays in the Philosophy of Normativity (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009).

‘Epistemic Constraints on Practical Normativity’, Synthese 181/Supp.1 (2011): 81-106.

‘A Nietzschean Critique of Obligation-Centred Moral Theory’, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19/4 (2011): 563-91.

‘Normativity for Nietzschean Free Spirits’, Inquiry 54/6 (2011): 591-613.

Publications

Edited Books

Nietzsche, Naturalism & Normativity (with C. Janaway). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012).

Spheres of Reason: New Essays in the Philosophy of Normativity. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009).

Articles -- contemporary metaethics / practical reason

‘Anti-Theory’ (forthcoming), in The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, ed. S. Golob & J. Timmermann. Cambridge University Press.

‘Epistemic Constraints on Practical Normativity’, Synthese 181/Supp.1 (2011): 81-106.

‘Reasons, Values, and Morality’, in The Routledge Companion to Ethics, ed. J. Skorupski. Routledge (2010): 433-43.

‘Normativity, Reasons, Rationality’, in Spheres of Reason, ed. S. Robertson. OUP (2009): 1-28.

‘Not So Enticing Reasons’, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 11 (2008): 263-77.

‘How to be an Error Theorist about Morality’, Polish Journal of Philosophy II/2 (2008): 107-25.

‘Reasons and Motivation––Not a Wrong Distinction’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society CVI/3 (2006): 391-397.

‘How Problematic for Morality is Internalism about Reasons?’, in Selected Papers Contributed to 5th International Congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy, ed. R. Bluhm & C. Nimtz. Paderborn: Mentis (2004): 734-742.

Articles -- Nietzsche

‘Nietzsche vs. Kant on Normativity and Moral Psychology’ (forthcoming), in Nietzsche and Kantian Ethics, ed. T. Bailey & J. Constancio. De Gruyter.

 ‘Nietzsche’s Influence on Analytic Philosophy’ (with D. Owen; 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche, ed. K. Gemes & J. Richardson. Oxford University Press: 185-206.

‘The Scope Problem––Nietzsche, the Moral, Ethical and Quasi-Aesthetic’ (2012), in Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity, ed. C. Janaway & S. Robertson. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 81-110.

‘Introduction: Nietzsche on Naturalism and Normativity’ (2012; with C. Janaway), in Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity, ed. C. Janaway & S. Robertson. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1-19.

‘Normativity for Nietzschean Free Spirits’, Inquiry 54/6 (2011): 591-613.

‘A Nietzschean Critique of Obligation-Centred Moral Theory’, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19/4 (2011): 563-91.

‘Nietzsche’s Ethical Revaluation’, Journal of Nietzsche Studies 37 (2009): 66-90.

Articles -- Philosophy of Sport/Risk

‘A Plea for Risk’ (with P. Ebert; 2013), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement (73): 45-64.

 ‘Mountaineering and the Value of Self-Sufficiency’ (2010; with P. Ebert), in Climbing: Philosophy for Everyone, ed. S.E. Schmidt. Wiley-Blackwell: 93-105.

‘Adventure, Climbing Excellence and the Practice of Bolting’ (2007; with P. Ebert), in Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports, ed. M. McNamee. Routledge: 56-70. [Reprinted in The Ethics of Sports: A Reader, ed. M. McNamee. Routledge (2010).]

Book Reviews

Mind 122 (2013): 315-9. Reasons for Belief, ed. A. Reisner & Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen (CUP 2011).

Research

Simon’s primary research interests currently fall within two main areas:

1) Metaethics and practical reason: He is working on a range of topics concerning (a) various meta-normative views about reasons for action (their conceptual structure; their relation to other normative concepts; an irrealist account of their ontology), and (b) the truth-conditions for practical normative claims (defending a hybrid motive-value account). His work on these issues reflects a long-standing interest in the objectivity and justification of moral/ethical claims, and connects to a number of issues in moral psychology, the philosophy of action and normative ethics.

2) Nietzsche: He is currently writing a monograph (under contract with OUP) assessing Nietzsche’s significance for contemporary theoretical ethics.

He is also beginning to think seriously about anti-theory in normative ethics. He has also published on the philosophy of normativity and philosophy of risk (the latter reflecting a particular interest in the role and value of risk in mountaineering/climbing).

Basically, though, he’s interested in just about any area of philosophy upon which normativity bears.

Biography

Simon moved to Cardiff in 2012.

He is the Book Reviews Editor at the Journal of Nietzsche Studies.

Beyond philosophy, Simon’s main passions lie in various mountainous pursuits.