R. Jay Wallace, who holds the William and Trudy Ausfahl Chair in Philosophy at Berkeley, works in moral philosophy. His interests extend to all parts of the subject (including its history), and to such allied areas as political philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of action. His research has focused on responsibility, moral psychology, normative ethics, and the theory of practical reason. Recently he has written on promising, constructivism, resentment, hypocrisy, love, regret, affirmation, obligation, and the relational structure of the moral domain (among other topics). His publications include Responsibility and the Moral Sentiments (Harvard), Normativity and the Will (Oxford), The View from Here: On Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of Regret (Oxford), and The Moral Nexus (Princeton). He was Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission on Free Speech at Berkeley in 2017-18. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2010-11) and the Einstein Foundation in Berlin (2016-20), and he was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 2019-20. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Department of Philosophy