[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]
Dr. Emer O'Hagan

Dr. Emer O'Hagan

Associate Professor
M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Toronto)

(306) 966-5634

Arts 622


Recent Courses

PHIL 133 Intro to Ethics and Values
PHIL 233 Ethical Theory
PHIL 293 Philosophy of Death
PHIL 433 Topics in Ethics

Recipient of College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award 2005-06

Advanced seminar topics have included:

Moral Responsibility and Free Will, Kantian Ethics, Korsgaard's Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity, Metaethics, Korsgaard's Sources of Normativity, Frans de Waal's, Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved


Ethics, Kant, Metaethics, Moral Psychology, Buddhist Psychology. Current research projects focus on three different questions: (1) What kinds of comparisons can be fruitfully made between Buddhist and Kantian views of the self and moral development? (2) Does the Kantian position on moral status pose significant problems for it as a workable theory? (3) Is constitutivism in metaethics vulnerable to the charge that it is viciously circular?

Selected Publications

"Non-Self and Ethics: Kantian and Buddhist Themes,” in Gordon Davis (ed.), Ethics without Self, Dharma without Atman: Western and Buddhist Philosophical Traditions in Dialogue (Springer), Forthcoming.

"Self-Knowledge and the Development of Virtue," in Noell Birondo and Stewart Braun (eds.), Virtue's Reasons:  New Essays on Virtue, Character, and Reasons  (New York:  Routledge, 2017), 107-125

“Shmagents, Realism and Constitutivism About Rational Norms,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, 48(1), 2014, 17-31.

"Self-Knowledge and Moral Stupidity," Ratio, XXV (3), (2012), 291-306.

"Kant and the Buddha on Self-Knowledge," in Stephen R. Palmquist (ed.), Cultivating Personhood: Kant and Asian Philosophy (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010), 695-708.

"Moral Self-Knowledge in Kantian Ethics,"Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 12, (2009), 525-537.

"Animals, Agency, and Obligation in Kantian Ethics," Social Theory and Practice, 35, 4, (2009), 531-554.

“Generosity and Mechanism in Descartes’s Passions,” Minerva: An Internet Journal of Philosophy, 9 (2005), 237-261.

“Belief, Normativity and the Constitution of Agency,” Philosophical Explorations, 8, 1, (2005), 39-52.

“Practical Identity and the Constitution of Agency,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, 38, (2004), 49-59.

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