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Tamler Sommers Honors Faculty


Phone: 713.743.3032


Tamler Sommers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and holds a joint appointment with the Honors College. He is Director of Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics. Dr. Sommers teaches primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law, specializing in issues relating to free will and moral responsibility. His current research project examines differences in perspectives about moral responsibility across cultures and what these differences mean for the philosophical debate. A book on this topic entitled Relative Justice is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. 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. A collection of his interviews, entitled A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain was published in 2009 by McSweeney’s Press.