Robert Gressis California State University, Northridge
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  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007.

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I wrote my dissertation on Kant's theory of evil at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under Stephen Darwall, and I defended it in June of 2007. After that, I took a year-long postdoctoral position at Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion. In 2008, I started as an assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Northridge. Right now I'm working primarily on Kant's moral psychologies, specifically his conceptions of character, evil, happiness, and maxims. In addition, I'm working on meta-atheism, the meaning of life, Kant's moral argument for belief in the existence of God, and figuring out which libertarian account of free will I accept (I'm leaning strongly to agent-causal).
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  1. Robert Gressis (2012). "Free Will," by Joseph Keim Campbell. Teaching Philosophy 35 (2):223-226.
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  2. Robert Gressis (2012). Review: Hill, Jr. (Ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Kant's Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (2):302-304.
  3. Robert Gressis (2011). Kant: Morality and the Good. Philosophical Forum 42 (3):316-317.
     
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  4. Rob Gressis (2010). Recent Work on Kantian Maxims I: Established Approaches. Philosophy Compass 5 (3):216-227.
    Maxims play a crucial role in Kant's ethical philosophy, but there is significant disagreement about what maxims are. In this two-part essay, I survey eight different views of Kantian maxims, presenting their strengths, and their weaknesses. Part I: Established Approaches, begins with Rüdiger Bubner's view that Kant took maxims to be what ordinary people of today take them to be, namely pithily expressed precepts of morality or prudence. Next comes the position, most associated with Rüdiger Bittner and Otfried Höffe, that (...)
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  5. Rob Gressis (2010). Recent Work on Kantian Maxims II. Philosophy Compass 5 (3):228-239.
    Maxims play a crucial role in Kant's ethical philosophy, but there is significant disagreement about what maxims are. In this two-part essay, I survey eight different views of Kantian maxims, presenting their strengths and their weaknesses. In Part II: New Approaches, I look at three more recent views in somewhat greater detail than I do the five treatments canvassed in 'Recent Works on Kantian Maxims I: Established Approaches'. First, there is Richard McCarty's Interpretation, which holds that Kant's understanding of maxims (...)
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  6. Robert Gressis (2010). Review: Firestone, Kant and Theology at the Boundaries of Reason. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (3):187-191.
  7. Robert Gressis (2010). Review: Sharon Anderson-Gold & Pablo Muchnik, Kant's Anatomy of Evil. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (7).
    In this book review, I assess the merits of the book as a whole (it's good!) while focusing in particular on chapters by Claudia Card, Patrick Frierson, Robert Louden, Pablo Muchnik, Jeanine Grenberg, and Allen Wood.
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  8. Robert Gressis (2009). Chris L. Firestone, Nathan Jacobs, in Defense of Kant's Religion. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (3):167-171.
  9. Robert Gressis (2007). Review of John E. Hare, God and Morality: A Philosophical History. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (11).
    In this book, John Hare talks about the relationship between theism and the moral theories of four influential philosophers: Aristotle, Duns Scotus, Kant, and R. M. Hare.
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