Dr Richard Rowland - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

My published work deals with reasons, value, the relationship between reasons and value, the moral error theory, and epistemic normativity. I am currently completing a manuscript in which I give the first book-length defence of the buck-passing account of value, according to which goodness and value can be analysed in terms of normative reasons.

The focus of my current research is the meta-ethical consequences of moral disagreement. I argue that moral disagreement has important meta-ethical and ethical consequences, but these consequences are rather more nuanced than has been previously argued. I am also working on reasons fundamentalism and a formal account of wrongness.


Phone :3855 (Melbourne)
Email :Richard.Rowland@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Applied Ethics ; Ethics ; metaethics ; normativity ; Political philosophy ; moral psychology ; normative ethics ;

Methods Expertise

conceptual anlaysis ; experimental philosophy ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Moral Disagreements: Philosophical and Practical Implications (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Reasons or Fittingness First?, in Ethics

Our intuitions about the experience machine, in Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy

The epistemology of moral disagreement, in Philosophy Compass


The Significance of Significant Fundamental Moral Disagreement, in Nous

Reasons as the Unity Among the Varieties of Goodness, in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly

Rescuing Companions in Guilt Argumenta, in Philosophical Quarterly

In defence of good simpliciter, in Philosophical Studies


Dissolving the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem, in Philosophical Studies


Moral Error Theory and the Argument from Epistemic Reasons, in Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy

Wrong kind of reasons and Consequences, in Utilitas