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 and The Kenan Institute at Duke University.
My main areas of research include free will, moral psychology, neuroethics, and punishment theory. 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 have recently been working on a project with Eddy Nahmias, Jonathan Schooler, and Kathleen Vohs that is entitled, "The Psychology of Free Will" ($295,000) Our project is part of The John Templeton Foundation's Big Questions in Free Will. We have not only been developing a new scale for measuring folk intuitions and attitudes about free will and related concepts but we have also been exploring how these intuitions and attitudes (or lack thereof) get expressed behaviorally. We are currently winding this two-year project down and starting to write up our results.
Finally, beginning this summer, I will start working on another two-year project with Trisha Folds-Bennett, Jeremy Frimer, Lawrence Ngo, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Jen Wright that is entitled, "“Humility, Conviction, and Disagreement in Morality" ($245,000). 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.
*When I am not thinking, writing about, and teaching philosophy, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, running, cycling, surfing, rock climbing, and participating in the grappling arts (e.g., I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Relson Gracie Charleston). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org