Gordon Cooper

B.A., Philosophy, St. Mary's University [Halifax Nova Scotia] (2013)

M.A., Philosophy, University of Calgary (2015)

 
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Research Interests

My primary research interests include free will, action theory, and moral responsibility. 

Lately, I’ve narrowed my focus to the following set of questions:

  • Are adults morally responsible for actions they performed freely during adolescence? If so, under what conditions?

  • Are adults morally responsible for the present consequences of actions they performed freely during adolescence? If so, under what conditions?

  • Are adults morally responsible for unsheddable aspects of their character that were freely acquired during adolescence? If so, under what conditions?

  • Can constitutive luck be self-inflicted?

I take up these questions in my dissertation, Rethinking Tracing Principles. 

Research aside, I am keenly interested in teaching and promoting pre-college philosophy. To this end, I lead monthly philosophical discussions with students at Magnolia School in Tallahassee, Florida. If you are interested in helping me facilitate these discussions or would like to invite me to your school to discuss philosophical topics with your students, please reach out via email.

 

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