Brandon Warmke


  • Position: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Graduate Admissions, Placement Director
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Brandon Warmke works on various moral, social, and political topics in both philosophy and psychology, including moral responsibility, forgiveness, free expression, and public discourse. With Justin Tosi, he has written for CNN, Aeon, The Conversation, and MarketWatch, and their academic work has been featured by The AtlanticNew York Times MagazineHuffPost, Scientific American, Forbes, Vox, Commentary Magazine, and The Guardian.

His first book, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk (OUP), co-authored with Justin Tosi, was published in 2020.

He edited Forgiveness and Its Moral Dimensions (OUP) with Dana Nelkin and Michael McKenna. 

Currently, he is writing a book with Justin Tosi on the merits of minding your own business. 

His personal website is here.

Selected Publications

"Responsibility and Situationism," forthcoming, Oxford Handbook of Moral Responsibility.

“Moral Grandstanding as a Threat to Free Expression,” (with Justin Tosi), 2020, Social Philosophy and Policy.

“Moral Grandstanding in Public Discourse: Status Seeking Motives as a Potential Explanatory Mechanism in Predicting Conflict,” (with Joshua B. Grubbs [first author], Justin Tosi, A. Shanti James, W. Keith Campbell), 2019, PLoS One.

"God's Standing to Forgive," 2017, Faith and Philosophy.

"Does Situationism Threaten Free Will and Moral Responsibility?" (with Michael McKenna), 2017, Journal of Moral Philosophy.

"Forgiveness" (with Paul Hughes), 2017, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

"Moral Grandstanding" (with Justin Tosi), 2016, Philosophy & Public Affairs. 

"The Normative Significance of Forgiveness," 2016, Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

"The Economic Model of Forgiveness," 2016, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

"Articulate Forgiveness and Normative Constraints," 2015, Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

"Two Arguments Against the Punishment-Forbearance Account of Forgiveness," 2013, Philosophical Studies.

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