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Doug Paletta

B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Graduated with Honors and Distinction
  • Thesis: Forgiveness as Acceptance
Dissertation Title: 

 Choice and Justification in Social Contract Theories


Samuel Freeman

Kok-Chor Tan

Adrienne Martin


Research Interests


Ph.D. Conferred 2010.

  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy

Selected Publications


Selected Presentations:

"Rawls Problem with Assumptions" APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Fransisco, CA, April 2010. 

"Against Darwall's Formal Foundation for Contractualism" APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 2010. 

"Scanlon: The 'New' Redundancy Objection and Justifiability" APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 2009.

"Normative Assumptions and Contractarianism" 25th International Social Political Philosophy Conference, North American Society for Social Philosophy, Portland, OR, July 2008.

"Normative Conventionalism" 35th Conference on Value Inquiry, Value Inquiry Network, Ewing NJ, April 2008.

"Can Francis Hutcheson's Moral Sense Theory Explain the Reasons an Agent Should Act Morally?" 4th International Reid Symposium, Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton, NJ, September 2007.