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Tamler Sommers

Associate Professor

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston and I hold a joint appointment with the Honors College. I'm also director of Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics, an interdisciplinary minor here at U of H. I teach primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology, specializing in issues relating to free will, moral responsibility, punishment, honor, and revenge. My third book In Defense of Honor is under contract with Basic Books. My second book, Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility was published by Princeton University Press (2012). I also contribute reviews to the Times Literary Supplement and conduct interviews for The Believer. A collection of these interviews, entitled A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain, was published in December 2009 by McSweeney’s Press. A second edition with eight new interviews is coming out next year with Routledge Press.

Click online publications to view my recent articles. And check out the Very Bad Wizards Podcast that I co-host with the psychologist David Pizarro (Cornell), featuring discussions about ethics, free will, revenge, neuroscience, psychopaths, relativism, pop culture, and lots more.


Relative Justice



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