[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 110 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 202 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 206 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 233 Ethical Theory
PHIL 294 Philosophy of Human Nature

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

Advanced seminar topics have included:

Kant's Ethical Theory, Korsgaard’s Kantian Ethics, Metaethics (Darwall, Gibbard, and Railton eds., Moral Discourse and Practice: Some Philosophical Approaches), Metaethics (Michael Smith's The Moral Problem.)


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

“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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