Dr. Keith Hankins

Dr. Keith Hankins

Assistant Professor, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy
RC Hoiles Chair of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Department of Philosophy
Expertise: Political Economy; Philosophy of Economics; Business Ethics;
Office Location: Wilkinson Hall 203
Office Hours: T/Th 2:15-3pm and W 1:30-2:30pm
Phone: (714) 516-7105
First-year Foundations Program
Brown University, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Master of Arts
University of Arizona, Ph.D.


Keith Hankins (Ph.D. University of Arizona, M.A. Rutgers University) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Scholar in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise. He is also a faculty member in the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. His research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and social psychology. He is especially interested in the ethics of economic growth, the costs and benefits diversity, and the norms that mediate collective decision making and our responsibility practices. His recent articles include, "Searching for the Ideal: The Fundamental Diversity Dilemma" (w/ Jerry Gaus in Political Utopias 2017), "Adam Smith's Intriguing Solution to the Problem of Moral Luck" (Ethics 2016), and "When Justice Demands Inequality" (w/ John Thrasher in Journal of Moral Philosophy 2015). Dr. Hankins teaches courses in political philosophy, business ethics, and decision theory (including game theory and social choice theory), as well as courses in the Humanomics program.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Adam Smith and the Creative Role of Imagination,” with Brennan McDavid, in Alberto Burgio (ed.) Adam Smith and Modernity: 1723 - 2023, Routledge, forthcoming
"Hume’s Politics and Four Dimensions of Realism," with John Thrasher, Journal of Politics, 84 (2), 2022
"Smithian Sympathy and the Emergence of Norms,” with John Thrasher, Philosophy & Phenomenological Research, 105 (3), 2022, 638 - 656
"Game Theory and Ethics," with Peter Vanderschraaf, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2021
"Positional Goods and Upstream Agency," with Daniel Halliday, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 98 (2), 2020, pp. 279-292.
"Searching for the Ideal: The Fundamental Diversity Dilemma" with Jerry Gaus, in Kevin Vallier and Michael Weber (eds.), Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 175 - 202.
"Adam Smith's Intriguing Solution to the Problem of Moral Luck," Ethics, 126 (3), 2016, pp. 711 - 746.
"When Justice Demands Inequality" with John Thrasher, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 12 (2), 2015, pp. 172 – 194