Dr. Coleen Macnamara

Coleen MaCnamara

Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California Riverside


Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California Riverside

My research lies at the intersection of ethics and moral psychology. Much of my work focuses on the nature and ethics of blame and the reactive attitudes more broadly, but I also have interests in the structure of practical rationality.

You can find my list of publications, along with abstracts and (where available) downloadable drafts, to the right.

I have two new works in progress that are nearing completion and will be added soon. One paper focuses on articulating the wrong of blame without standing. I have presented this work at the APA Central Division Meeting, Northwestern University, and Princeton University. In the second paper, I shift focus to praise, offering a novel defense of the claim that we do not owe gratitude to others for merely doing what we have a right to them doing. This paper is slated to appear in The Moral Psychology of Gratitude edited by Roberts C. Roberts and Daniel Telech and published by Rowman & Littlefield.

My Publications

For Better or Worse: Commendatory Reasons and Latitude

with Margaret Little

Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. Eds: Mark Timmons. Oxford University Press. Vol. 7. (Forthcoming)

Non-Requiring Reasons

with Margaret Little

The Routledge Handbook of Practical Reason. Eds: Ruth Chang and Kurt Sylvan. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Reactive Attitudes as Communicative Entities

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 90 (3): 546-569. 2015.

Blame, Communication, and Morally Responsible Agency

In Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna & Angela Smith (eds.), The Nature of Moral Responsibility: New Essays, Oxford University Press. pp. 211-236. 2015.

Taking Demands Out of Blame

In D. Justin Coates & Neal A. Tognazzini (eds.), Blame: Its Nature and Norms, Oxford University Press. pp. 141-161. 2013.

“Screw you!” & “thank you”

Philosophical Studies, 165 (3): 893-914. 2013.

Holding others responsible

Philosophical Studies, 152 (1):81-102. 2011.

Beyond Belief: Toward a Theory of the Reactive Attitudes

with Elisa A. Hurley

Philosophical Papers, 39 (3):373-399. 2010.


I regularly teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics. More recently, I have been working on adding several "skills-based" courses to my teaching repertoire, including a writing intensive sophomore/junior writing seminar and a critical thinking class. Below, you will find a recent list of courses that I have taught (or will teach in the near future) and where available, course syllabi.

Undergraduate Courses (Lower Division)
Undergraduate Courses (Upper Division)
Graduate Seminars