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, was recently published by Oxford University Press (2017).  Contributors to the collection include: Lawrence Alexander, Randolph Clarke, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, John Martin Fischer, Douglas Husak, Dana Kay Nelkin and Samuel C. Rickless, Carolina Sartorio, George Sher, Angela Smith, Matthew Talbert, Gideon Yaffe, and Michael Zimmerman.

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. A revised version of the talk has been published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

October 2017: I presented "Plato's Parmenides Revisited" at a conference organized by the Brazilian Society of Platonists at the Federal University of Santa Maria, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A revised and expanded version of the talk will be published in The Platonic Mind (Routledge), edited by Vasilis Politis and Peter Larsen.

November 2017: I commented on a paper of Margaret Atherton's on Berkeley's immaterialism at the Fourteenth Annual NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy.

December 2017: I participated in a roundtable on Steven D. Smith's book manuscript, Pagans and Christians in the City, focusing on the jurisprudence of religious anti-establishment and religious freedom, at the University of San Diego School of Law. A revised version of my contribution, "Paganism is Dead, Long Live Secularism", will be published in the San Diego Law Review.

March 2018: "Hume's Distinction Between Impressions and Ideas" was accepted for publication in The European Journal of Philosophy.

April 2018: I will be presenting a paper, "The Rule of Law, Language, and Legal Interpretation," at the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA) at the University of St. Andrews.

May 2018: I will be presenting a keynote address on Berkeley's Criticisms of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson in Alciphron 3 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.

October 2018: I will be presenting a keynote address at a Berkeley workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.