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Wesley Buckwalter PhD

Assistant Professor, George Mason University



Wesley Buckwalter is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a faculty fellow in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior to coming to Mason, he's held a Banting Fellowship at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada and a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Manchester in England. He specializes in epistemology, cognitive science, and moral psychology. He's published over 50 articles and chapters on moral responsibility, ability, blame, mental disorder, bias, and injustice. More information about Dr. Buckwalter's research can be found at his website



Peterson A, Buckwalter W. (2020). Rising Covid cases means Americans may face health care rationing. Here's how they view that. NBC News. Published online Nov, 2020.


Buckwalter, W., Rose, D., and Turri, J. (in press). Impossible Intentions. American Philosophical Quarterly.


Buckwalter W, Peterson A. (2020). Public attitudes toward resource allocation in the Covid-19 pandemic; PloS ONE. 15(11): e0240651.


Buckwalter, W. & Turri, J. (2020). Inability and Obligation in Intellectual Evaluation. Episteme, 17(4), 475 - 497


Buckwalter, W. (2020). Theoretical Motivation of “Ought Implies Can”. Philosophia 48, 83-94.


Phillips, J., Buckwalter, W., Cushman, F., Friedman, O., Martin, A., Turri, J., Santos, L., Knobe, J., (2020). Knowledge before Belief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Buckwalter, W. (2020). Mind-Brain Dichotomy, Mental Disorder, and Theory of Mind. Erkenntnis 85, 511–526.


Buckwalter, W. (2019). Implicit Attitudes and the Ability Argument. Philosophical Studies 176, 2961–2990.


Buckwalter, W. (2019). Epistemic Injustice in Social Cognition. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97(2), 294-308.


Moral Encroachment, Statistical Evidence, and the Truth-Sensitivity of Epistemic

Justification. EXTRA.6 Research Colloquium, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. November 2020.


Philosophy and the Replication Crisis. Keynote presentation of European Conference in Experimental Philosophy, Prague, Czech Republic. July 2020.


Knowledge, Adequacy, and Approximate Truth, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. June 2020.


Science and the Approximation Account of Knowledge, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. November 2019.

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