Tom Dougherty

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Associate Professor, Mary Noel and William M. Lamont Scholar
Core Faculty, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program

212 Caldwell Hall 
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Tom Dougherty is a core faculty member of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program. He completed his B.A., in PPE, at Oxford (2004) and his PhD, in Philosophy, at MIT (2010). Before coming to UNC, he was a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford (2010-2012), a lecturer at the University of Sydney (2012-2014), a University Lecturer in the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall (2014-2019) and a Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute of the University of Tulane (2018-2019).

Dougherty is writing books on the ethics of consent and on the rational (in)significance of the fact that we act from a temporal perspective. Among other topics, he has also researched the debate over consequentialism, ethical vagueness and female under-representation in philosophy.

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Philosophy articles

Why does duress undermine consent?

Forthcoming in Nous

Informed consent, disclosure, and understanding

Philosophy and Public Affairs, 48 (2020): 119-150

Disability as solidarity: political not (only) metaphysical

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 100 (2020): 219-224

Consent, abandonment and communication

Law and Philosophy 38 (2019): 387-405

On Wrongs and Crimes: does consent require only an attempt to communicate?

Criminal Law & Philosophy 43 (2019): 409-423

Affirmative consent and due diligence

Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (2018): 90-112

Altruism and ambition in the dynamic moral life

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (2017): 716-729

The burdens of morality: why act-consequentialism demands too little

Thought 5 (2016): 82-85

Moral indeterminacy, normative powers and convention

Ratio, Special Issue on Ethical Indeterminacy 29 (2016): 448-465

Yes means yes: consent as communication

Philosophy and Public Affairs 43 (2015): 224-253

Future bias and practical reason

Philosophers’ Imprint 15 (2015): 1-16

Expecting the unexpected (with S. Horowitz & P. Sliwa)

Res Philosophica 92 (2015): 301-321

Vague value

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (2014): 352-372

A deluxe money pump

Thought 3 (2014): 21-29

Fickle consent

Philosophical Studies, Special Issue for the 2013 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, 167 (2014): 25-40

Rational numbers: a non-consequentialist explanation of why you should save the many and not the few

Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013): 413-427

Sex, lies and consent

Ethics 123 (2013): 717-744

Aggregation, beneficence and chance

Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (2013): 1-19

No way around consent: a reply to Rubenfeld on rape by deception

Yale Law Journal Forum 123 (2013): 321-334

Agent-neutral deontology

Philosophical Studies 163 (2013): 527-537

On whether to prefer pain to pass

Ethics 121 (2011): 521-537

Handbook and encyclopedia chapters

“Sex and consent I: The importance of consent,”

Invited for The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Sex, eds. C. Chambers, B. Earp & L. Watson

Consent: ethical issues

Contracted for Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online)

Deception and consent

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent, eds. A. Mueller & P. Schaber (2018)

Vagueness and indeterminacy in ethics

The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, eds. T. McPherson & D. Plunkett (2018)

Female under-representation articles

Why do female students leave philosophy? The story from Sydney (with S. Baron and K. Miller), Hypatia 30 (2015): 467-474

Why is there female under-representation among philosophy majors? Evidence of a pre-university effect (with S. Baron & K. Miller), Ergo 2 (2015): 329-365

Female under-representation among philosophy majors: a map of the hypotheses and a survey of the evidence (with S. Baron & K. Miller), Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 1 (2015): 1-31