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Daniel F. Hartner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Daniel Hartner teaches philosophy, specializing in neuroscience, ethics, and moral psychology, and philosophy of the mind. A new course he brought to the institute͛s curriculum featured teaching of critical thinking and the introduction to logic. Dr. Hartner͛s research activities focus on the ethics of scientific research, the neuroscience of decision and motivation, and scientific explanation, reductionism and folk psychology. He also advises the men͛s lacrosse team.

Teaching Interests

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Moral and political philosophy
  • Applied and professional ethics

Research Experiences

  • Theory reduction and elimination in neuroscience and psychology
  • Conceptual development in the sciences; folk psychology; psychiatric taxonomy
  • Rationality, decision making, and moral motivation and behavior
  • The role of metaethics in professional ethics education

Select Publications & Presentations

  • "Folk Psychology Revisited: the Methodological Problem and the Autonomy of Psychology," Studia Philosophica Estonica, 9(2), 2016
  • "Should Ethics Courses Be More Practical?," Teaching Ethics, 15(2), 2015
  • "From Desire to Subjective Value: What Neuroeconomics Reveals About Naturalism," Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 7(1), 2014
  • "Two Faces of Representation: On the Neuroscience of Folk Psychology," Biology & Philosophy, 28(3), 2013
  • "Conceptual Analysis as Armchair Psychology: A Defense of Methodological Naturalism," Philosophical Studies, 165(3), 2012

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Albion College, 2005
  • MA, University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • PhD, University of Cincinnati, 2011