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Robert C. Roberts

Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Roberts received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1974, and has taught at Western Kentucky University (1973–1984) and Wheaton College (1984–2000). Roberts has had research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and is currently a Senior Fellow in the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, in the inquiry into Religious Experience and Moral Identity.

Curriculum Vitae for Roberts

Wichita State University B.A. 1965
Yale University Ph.D. 1974

Areas of Interest

Ethics (especially virtues), Kierkegaard, Emotion Theory, Moral Psychology, Epistemology

Current Projects

Contemplating Virtues

Representative Publications

Emotions in the Moral Life (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

 Emotions in the Moral Life

Finding a Common Thread: Understanding Great Texts fromHomer to O'Conner (Saint Augustine Press, 2013).

Finding a Common Thread

Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology, Cambridge University Press (2003)

 Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology, with Jay Wood (Clarendon Press, 2007)

Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007) 

“Will Power and the Virtues" The Philosophical Review (1984)

 “What An Emotion Is: A Sketch" The Philosophical Review (1988)

“Existence, Emotion and Character: Classical Themes in Kierkegaard" in Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay and Gordon Marino, editors (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

 “The Sophistication of Non-Human Emotions" in Robert W. Lurz, editor, Philosophy of Animal Minds, Cambridge University Press (2009)

“Justice as an Emotion Disposition" in a special issue of the Emotion Review in memory of Robert C. Solomon, Jenefer Robinson, editor (2009); to be reprinted with revisions in John Deigh, editor, On the Emotions: Philosophical Essays (Oxford University Press)

“Emotions and the Canons of Evaluation" in Peter Goldie, editor, Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotions, Oxford University Press (2010)

“Emotions in the Epistemology of Paul the Apostle” in I. U. Dalferth and M. Rodgers, editors, Passion and Passivity (Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen (2011)

 “Narrative Ethics” in Philosophy Compass (March 2012), 174–182. 9991.2011.00472.x/pdf

“Reading Texts and Nurturing Wisdom”, the Introduction to Finding A Common Thread, edited with Scott Moore and Don Schmeltekopf, Saint Augustine’s Press (2012)

Recent Papers in PDF

The Normative and the Empirical in the Study of Gratitude

Does Virtue Promote Flourishing?