Greetings! My name is Thomas Nadelhoffer and I am currently an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston (where I have been teaching and running an experimental philosophy lab since 2012). Before living and teaching in the heart of the low country in Charleston, SC, I was an assistant professor of philosophy and law and policy at Dickinson College (2006-2012). I was also a post-doc with The MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project for two years (2009-2011). The first year was spent with Michael Gazzaniga at The University of California Santa Barbara. The second year was spent with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong at The Kenan Institute at Duke University.
My main areas of research include free will, moral psychology, neuroethics, the philosophy of punishment, and applied philosophy of mind. I recently edited two volumes: (a) Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings with Eddy Nahmias and Shaun Nichols (Wiley-Blackwell 2011), and (b) The Future of Punishment (Oxford University Press 2013). In addition to my work in philosophy, I am also trying to work more often these days with psychologists to help get at some of the empirical data that inform my research.
For instance, I recently worked on a two-year project (2011-2013) with Eddy Nahmias, Jonathan Schooler, and Kathleen Vohs that was entitled, "The Psychology of Free Will." Our project was part of The John Templeton Foundation's Big Questions in Free Will. We not only developed a new scale for measuring folk intuitions and attitudes about free will and related concepts but we also explored how these intuitions and attitudes (or lack thereof) get expressed behaviorally.
Relatedly, I also recently started working on another two-year project with Trisha Folds-Bennett, Lawrence Ngo, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Jen Wright that is entitled, "“Humility, Conviction, and Disagreement in Morality." Our project is part of The John Templeton Foundation's Intellectual Humility Project. Our first goal is to develop a new psychometric tool for measuring the various facets of humility. We will then use our new scale to explore how children, adolescents, and adults think about humility and related concepts. Along the way, we hope to shed some new light on both the nature and limitations of humility.
In addition to my traditional work in philosophy and psychology, I am also active in trying to increase philosophy's footprint online. So, I have run the experimental philosophy blog since 2004 and I have run the free will blog since 2009. Moreover, I am also working on a number of new online projects ranging from an online book reading group to a new open-access, online, pluralist journal. I am trying to make it easier to organize and keep up with all of my projects under the umbrella site Philosophy Commons. So, please check back for new details!
*When I am not thinking, writing about, and teaching philosophy, I enjoy spending time with my bright and beautiful wife Daniela Goya-Tocchetto, hanging out with my dogs, and participating in the grappling arts when I get the chance (e.g., I presently train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Relson Gracie Charleston but you can find out more about my experience here). I also love to cook and listen to live music. If you have any questions about my professional or personal interests, please feel free to email me at: [email protected]