Brendan Dill

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 32-D808
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA

I am a Ph. D student in philosophy at MIT. Before MIT, I studied Cognitive Science as an undergraduate at Yale.

My research is about morality, psychology, and the intersection between the two.

In moral philosophy, my project is to argue we can better understand a wide range of moral phenomena - blame, guilt, demands, promises, moral obligation, and moral reasons - by looking at the roles they play in interpersonal relationships. This is the subject of my dissertation-in-progress, "Living in Circles."

In psychology, my research focuses on interpreting empirical data about human motivation and action in order to derive lessons for philosophical questions about autonomy, freedom, belief, desire, intention, self-control, the will, and 'the self.' "The Addict in Us All," which I coauthored with Richard Holton, touches on many of these subjects.

And at the intersection between these two fields, I am interested in merging empirical and philosophical approaches to understanding the psychology of morality, including moral judgment, moral motivation, and the moral emotions. This is the topic of "Moral Psychology as Accountability," which I coauthored with Stephen Darwall.



Dill, B. & Holton, R. (2014). The addict in us all. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5(149), doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00139. [abstract] [pdf]

Dill, B & Darwall, S. (forthcoming). Moral psychology as accountability. In J. D'Arms & D. Jacobson (Eds.), Moral Psychology and Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [abstract] [pdf]


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