John J. 																 Tilley

John J. Tilley

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Department: Philosophy
(317) 274-4690
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PhD University of Wisconsin 1988

MA University of Georgia 1983

BS United States Military Academy 1975



Frequently taught courses: Logic (P162); Philosophy of Human Nature (P322/P600); Ethical Theory (P326/P540); Hume’s Skeptical Philosophy (P418/P525); Great Debates in Early Modern Philosophy (P418/P522).



FACET Award for Excellence in Teaching; Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (twice); I.U. President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; Liberal Arts Outstanding Faculty Service Award; Trustees Teaching Award; listed (twice) in >Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.



In moral theory, practical rationality, and related areas. Representative articles include:

Accounting for the ‘Tragedy’ in the Prisoner’s DilemmaSynthese 99 (1994): 251-76.

Motivation and Practical ReasonsErkenntnis 47 (1997): 105-27.

Cultural RelativismHuman Rights Quarterly 22 (2000): 501-47.

Justifying Reasons, Motivating Reasons, and Agent Relativism in EthicsPhilosophical Studies 118 (2004): 373-99.

Desires, Reasons, and Reasons to be Moral, American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2004): 287-98.

Is ‘Why Be Moral?’ a Pseudo-Question?: Hospers and Thornton on the Amoralist’s ChallengePacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2006): 549-66.

Reasons, Rational Requirements, and the Putative Pseudo-Question ‘Why Be Moral?’ Synthese 161 (2008): 309-23.

Dismissive Replies to ‘Why Should I Be Moral?’ Social Theory and Practice 35 (2009): 341-68.

Physical Objects and Moral Wrongness: Hume on the ‘Fallacy’ in Wollaston’s Moral TheoryHume Studies 35 (2009): 87-101.

Exciting Reasons and Moral Rationalism in Hutcheson’s ‘Illustrations upon the Moral Sense,’ Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (2012): 53–83.

HedonismEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd ed., ed. R. Chadwick (Academic Press, 2012), vol. 2: 566-73.

The Problem of Inconsistency in Wollaston’s Moral TheoryHistory of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012): 265-80.

Wollaston’s Early CriticsBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2012): 1097–1116.

John Clarke of Hull’s Argument for Psychological EgoismBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (2015): 69–89.

Hutcheson’s Theological Objection to EgoismJournal of Scottish Philosophy 14 (2016): 101–123.

Francis Hutcheson and John Clarke: Self-Interest, Desire, and Divine ImpassibilityInternational Philosophical Quarterly 57(3) (2017): 315–30.

Butler’s Stone, forthcoming, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

Alternative accessible formats of the publications on this page can be requested by contacting Chad Carmichael in the philosophy department at

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Ethical theory, practical reason, early modern ethics


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