Samuel C. Rickless

Professor of Philosophy

Welcome to my website!


The Ethics of War: Essays, a collection of papers I co-edited with Saba Bazargan-Forward, was recently published by Oxford University Press (2017).  Contributors to the collection include: Andrew Altman, Richard Arneson, Kai Draper, Adil Ahmad Haque, Mattias Iser, Seth Lazar, Larry May, Jeff McMahan, David Rodin, Nancy Sherman, Victor Tadros, and Francois Tanguay-Renaud.

The Ethics and Law of Omissions, a collection of papers I co-edited with Dana Kay Nelkin, will be published by Oxford University Press in the latter half of 2017.  Contributors to the collection include: Lawrence Alexander, Randolph Clarke, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, John Martin Fischer, Douglas Husak, Dana Kay Nelkin and Samuel Rickless, Carolina Sartorio, George Sher, Angela Smith, Matthew Talbert, Gideon Yaffe, and Michael Zimmerman.

March 2016: I spent a wonderful two weeks at Trinity College, Dublin, working on George Berkeley's moral and political philosophy, and participating in the activities and programs at the Trinity Long Room Hub.  I am very grateful to the faculty and staff at the Hub and the Trinity philosophy department for being such wonderful hosts.  The product of my labors in Ireland, "The Nature, Grounds, and Limits of Berkeley's Argument for Passive Obedience", was published in Berkeley Studies.

April 2016: I gave a presentation on inclusive pedagogy in the history of philosophy at the New Narratives in the History of Philosophy Conference, Duke University.

November 2016: I presented a paper, "The Nature of Self-Defense", at a conference on Uwe Steinhoff's work on self-defense organized by the Institute for Law and Philosophy at the University of San Diego School of Law.  The paper is forthcoming in the San Diego Law Review.

January 2017: I presented a talk,"Is Shepherd's Pen Mightier Than Berkeley's Word?", on Lady Mary Shepherd's criticisms of George Berkeley's arguments for idealism, sponsored by the International Berkeley Society at a meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Baltimore.