Christopher Franklin

Professor of Philosophy
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Phone: 724-458-2199

Christopher Franklin


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, Riverside
  • M.A. Philosophy University of California, Riverside
  • B.A. Philosophy, Biola University

What are the main focuses of your research?

My primary research is in the ethics and metaphysics of agency, especially issues concerning free will, moral responsibility, the self, motivation, blame, ability, causation, indeterminism, and reductionism.

What specific courses or specialties do you teach?

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • General Logic
  • Humanities and the Speculative Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Modern Philosophy (17th and 18th century European philosophy)
  • Scientific and Theological Challenges to Free Will
  • God, Suffering, and Narrative

Selected Publications

  • A Minimal Libertarianism: Free Will and the Promise of Reduction (under contract with Oxford University Press, to appear in print in late 2017/early 2018)
  • "If Anyone Should Be an Agent-Causalist, then Everyone Should Be an Agent-Causalist," Mind 125:500, (2016)
  • "Self-Determination, Self-Transformation, and the Case of Jean Valjean," Philosophical Studies 172:10, (2015)
  • "Everyone Thinks that an Ability to Do Otherwise Is Necessary for Free Will and Moral Responsibility," Philosophical Studies 172:8, (2015)
  • "Valuing Blame,"Blame: Its Nature and Norms, eds. D. Justin Coates and Neal A. Tognazzini. New York: Oxford University Press, (2013
  • "A Theory of the Normative Force of Pleas,"Philosophical Studies 163:2, (2013): 479–502.
  • "The Problem of Enhanced Control," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89:4, (2011): 687–706.
  • "‘Farewell to the Luck (and Mind) Argument," Philosophical Studies 156:2, (2011): 199–230.

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