Christian Tarsney

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2017 - 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Groningen
2017 PhD, University of Maryland


‘Vive La Différence? Structural Diversity as a Challenge for Metanormative Theories’, Ethics, 2021

‘Future Bias in Action: Does the Past Matter More When You Can Affect It?’ (with Andrew James Latham, Kristie Miller, James Norton), Synthese, 2020

‘Normative Uncertainty and Social Choice’, Mind, 2019
‘Rejecting Supererogationism’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2019

‘Moral Uncertainty for Deontologists’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2018

‘Intertheoretic Value Comparison: A Modest Proposal’, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2018
‘Thank Goodness That’s Newcomb: The Practical Relevance of the Temporal Value Asymmetry’, Analysis, 2017
‘Does a Discount Rate Measure the Costs of Climate Change?’, Economics & Philosophy, 2017


Most of my research is in ethics and/or decision theory, and is motivated by the question "What should we do, insofar as our goal is to make the world a better place to the greatest extent possible?" I've worked on topics including decision-making under normative uncertainty, responding to small probabilities of extreme events, population ethics, and social discounting. I also have a side interest in philosophy of time -- in particular, the "temporal value asymmetry", our tendency to care more (in some respects) about the future than the past.