- Faculty, Delft University of Technology
- Faculty, Australian Catholic University
- PhD, City University of New York, 2011.
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Mark Alfano is associate professor of philosophy at Delft University of Technology and professor of philosophy at Australian Catholic University. He received a doctorate from the Philosophy Program of the City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY GC) in 2011, and he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and the Princeton University Center for Human Values, as well as assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon.
Mark works on moral psychology, broadly construed to include ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychology. He also maintains an interest in Nietzsche, focusing on Nietzsche’s psychological views. His papers have appeared in numerous journals, including Philosophical Quarterly, The Monist, Erkenntnis, Synthese, and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
His first book, Character as Moral Fiction, argues that the challenge to virtue ethics spearheaded by John Doris and Gilbert Harman should be co-opted, not resisted. In 2015, he published Current Controversies in Virtue Theory, which contains new work by Ernest Sosa, Robert Roberts, Heather Battaly, and others. His second monograph, Moral Psychology: An Introduction, was published by Polity Press in 2016. He is currently writing a research monograph on Nietzsche and editing two volumes on virtue ethics and virtue epistemology. In more recent work, he has developed a multi-modal measure of intellectual humility. He is now exploring generosity and integrity in collaboration with a neuroscientist, data-mining obituaries to extract patterns of value judgments, and directing a series of edited volumes on The Moral Psychology of the Emotions, which will include books on contempt, anger, disgust, pride, compassion, and forgiveness.
- Mark Alfano (forthcoming). A Schooling in Contempt: Emotions and the Pathos of Distance. In Paul Katsafanas (ed.), Routledge Philosophy Minds: Nietzsche. Routledge
- Mark Alfano (forthcoming). Christoph Luetge, Hannes Rusch, & Matthias Uhl , Experimental Ethics: Toward an Empirical Moral Philosophy. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice:1-4.
- Mark Alfano (forthcoming). How One Becomes What One Is: The Case for a Nietzschean Conception of Character Development. In Iskra Fileva (ed.), Perspectives on Character. Oxford
- Mark Alfano (forthcoming). Epistemic Situationism: An Extended Prolepsis. In Mark Alfano & Abrol Fairweather (eds.), Epistemic Situationism. Oxford University Press
- Mark Alfano (forthcoming). Nietzsche's Socio-Moral Psychology. Cambridge University Press.
- Mark Alfano & Abrol Fairweather (eds.) (forthcoming). Epistemic Situationism. Oxford University Press.
- Mark Alfano, Andrew Higgins & Jacob Levernier (forthcoming). Mapping Human Values: Enhancing Social Marketing Through Obituary Data-Mining. In Eda Gurel-Atay & Lynn Kahle (eds.), Social and Cultural Values in a Global and Digital Age. Routledge
- Mark Alfano, Latasha Holden & Andrew Conway (forthcoming). Intelligence, Race, and Psychological Testing. In Naomi Zack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race.
- Mark Alfano & Brian Robinson (forthcoming). Educating for Intellectual Humility and Other Paradoxical Virtues Requires Epistemic Anti-Individualism. Logos and Episteme.
- Mark Alfano & Brian Robinson (forthcoming). Gossip as a Burdened Virtue. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
- Mark Alfano & Gus Skorburg (forthcoming). Extended Knowledge, the Recognition Heuristic, and Epistemic Injustice. In Duncan Pritchard, Jesper Kallestrup, Orestis Palermos & Adam Carter (eds.), Extended Knowledge. Oxford
- Mark Alfano & Gus Skorburg (forthcoming). The Embedded and Extended Character Hypotheses. In Julian Kiverstein (ed.), Philosophy of the Social Mind. Routledge
- Veronica Alfano & Mark Alfano (forthcoming). Still Lives: The History and Philosophy of Mourning Texts. Routledge.
- Markus Christen, Mark Alfano & Brian Robinson (forthcoming). A Multi-Modal, Cross-Cultural Study of the Semantics of Intellectual Humility. AI and Society.
- Philipp Koralus & Mark Alfano (forthcoming). Reasons-Based Moral Judgment and the Erotetic Theory. In Jean-Francois Bonnefon & Bastian Tremoliere (eds.), Moral Inference.
- Mark Alfano (2016). Christoph Luetge, Hannes Rusch, & Matthias Uhl , Experimental Ethics: Toward an Empirical Moral Philosophy. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice:1-4.
- Mark Alfano (2016). Friendship and the Structure of Trust. In Alberto Masala & Jonathan Webber (eds.), From Personality to Virtue. Oxford 186-206.
- Mark Alfano (2016). Moral Psychology: An Introduction. Polity.
- Mark Alfano (2016). Michael W. Austin, Ed. Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics. Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2):457-462.
- Mark Alfano (2016). Swanton, Christine. The Virtue Ethics of Hume & Nietzsche. [REVIEW] Ethics 126 (4):1120-1124.
- Mark Alfano (ed.) (2016). Virtues. The Monist.
- Jacob Berger & Mark Alfano (2016). Virtue, Situationism, and the Cognitive Value of Art. The Monist 99 (2).
- Mark Alfano (2015). An Enchanting Abundance of Types: Nietzsche’s Modest Unity of Virtue Thesis. Journal of Value Inquiry 49 (3):417-435.
- Mark Alfano (2015). Becoming Less Unreasonable: A Reply to Sherman. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4 (7):59-62.
- Mark Alfano (ed.) (2015). Current Controversies in Virtue Theory. Routledge.
- Mark Alfano (2015). How One Becomes What One is Called: On the Relation Between Traits and Trait-Terms in Nietzsche. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 46 (1):261-269.
- Mark Alfano (2015). Placebo Effects and Informed Consent. American Journal of Bioethics 15 (10):3-12.
- Mark Alfano (2015). Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Placebo Effects and Informed Consent”. American Journal of Bioethics 15 (10):1-3.
- Mark Alfano (2015). Ramsifying Virtue Theory. In Current Controversies in Virtue Theory. Routledge 123-35.
- Mark Alfano & Brian Robinson (2015). Bragging. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):263-272.
- Brian Robinson, Paul Stey & Mark Alfano (2015). Reversing the Side-Effect Effect: The Power of Salient Norms. Philosophical Studies 172 (1):177-206.
- Mark Alfano (2014). Emotions in the Moral Life, by Robert Roberts. Mind 123 (492):1238-1242.
- Mark Alfano (2014). Extending the Situationist Challenge to Reliabilism About Inference. In Abrol Fairweather & Owen Flanagan (eds.), Virtue Epistemology Naturalized: Bridges between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. Synthese Library 103-122.
- Mark Alfano (2014). Stereotype Threat and Intellectual Virtue. In Owen Flanagan & Abrol Fairweather (eds.), Naturalizing Virtue. Cambridge University Press 155-74.
- Mark Alfano (2014). What Are the Bearers of Virtues? In Hagop Sarkissian & Jennifer Wright (eds.), Advances in Moral Psychology. Continuum 73-90.
- Mark Alfano & Don Loeb (2014). Experimental Moral Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:1-32.
- Mark Alfano & Don Loeb (2014). Experimental Moral Philosophy. In .
- Markus Christen, Mark Alfano & Brian Robinson, The Semantic Neighborhood of Intellectual Humility. Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Intelligence.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Character as Moral Fiction. Cambridge University Press.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Identifying and Defending the Hard Core of Virtue Ethics. Journal of Philosophical Research 38:233-260.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Nietzsche, Naturalism, and the Tenacity of the Intentional. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (3):457-464.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Simon May (Ed.), Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 345 Pages. ISBN: 9780521518802 (Hbk.). Hardback: $99.00. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (5):692-694.
- Mark Alfano (2013). The Most Agreeable of All Vices: Nietzsche as Virtue Epistemologist. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (4):767-790.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen, Personal Value. Social Theory and Practice 39 (1):166-170.
- Mark Alfano (2013). Virtues, Intelligences, and Situations. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16:671-673.
- Mark Alfano & Abrol Fairweather, Situationism and Virtue Theory. Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.
- Markus Christen & Mark Alfano (2013). A Research Program for Empirically Informed Ethics. In Empirically Informed Ethics. Springer 3-27.
- Markus Christen, Mark Alfano, Endre Bangerter & Daniel Lapsley (2013). Ethical Issues of 'Morality Mining': When the Moral Identity of Individuals Becomes a Focus of Data-Mining. In Hakikur Rahman & I. Ramos (eds.), Ethical Data Mining Applications for Socio-Economic Development. IGI Global 1-21.
- Brian Robinson, Paul Stey & Mark Alfano (2013). Virtue and Vice Attributions in the Business Context: An Experimental Investigation. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 113 (4):649-661.
- Mark Alfano (2012). Expanding The Situationist Challenge To Responsibilist Virtue Epistemology. Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):223-249.
- Mark Alfano (2012). Wilde Heuristics and Rum Tum Tuggers: Preference Indeterminacy and Instability. Synthese 189 (S1):5-15.
- Mark Alfano, James Beebe & Brian Robinson (2012). The Centrality of Belief and Reflection in Knobe-Effect Cases. The Monist 95 (2):264-289.
- Mark Alfano (2011). Explaining Away Intuitions About Traits: Why Virtue Ethics Seems Plausible (Even If It Isn't). Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2 (1):121-136.
- Mark Alfano (2011). Revivals of Non-Cognitivism. Philosophical Forum 42 (3):330-331.
- Mark Alfano (2010). The Tenacity of the Intentional Prior to the Genealogy. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 40:29-46.
- Mark Alfano (2009). A Danger of Definition: Polar Predicates in Moral Theory. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 3 (3).
- Mark Alfano (2009). Sensitivity Theory and the Individuation of Belief-Formation Methods. Erkenntnis 70 (2):271 - 281.
- Mark Alfano (2007). A Critical Discussion Of The Compatibility Of Bayesianism And Inference To The Best Explanation. Philosophical Writings 34 (1).
- Mark Alfano, The Topology of Communities of Trust.
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