Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr Tyler Paytas

Dr Tyler Paytas

Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics

BA (Truman), MA (UMSL), PhD (WashU)

My primary research interests are in ethical theory and the history of ethics. After completing my Ph.D. in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, I spent the 2015-2016 academic year as a VolkswagenStiftung Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institut für Philosophie at Universität Stuttgart. I joined ACU’s Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry in 2016. Among the specific themes my research focusses on are ethical impartialism, utilitarianism, structural vice, Sidgwickian intuitionism, and Kant’s moral psychology.

Key publications

‘God’s Awful Majesty Before Our Eyes: Kant’s Moral Justification for Divine Hiddenness’, Kantian Review (forthcoming).

‘Rational Beings with Emotional Needs: The Patient-Centered Grounds of Kant’s Duty of Humanity’, History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 no. 4 (2015): 353-376.

‘Sometimes Psychopaths Get it Right: A Utilitarian Response to “The Mismeasure of Morals”’ Utilitas 26 no. 2 (2014): 178-191.