Dr. Michael Robinson

Dr. Michael Robinson

Assistant Professor
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Department of Philosophy
Office Location: Hashinger Science Center 206
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: (714) 516-5895
Biola University, Bachelor of Arts
Texas Tech University, Master of Arts
Florida State University, Ph.D.


Michael Robinson (Ph.D., Florida State University; M.A., Texas Tech University) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. His primary research interests are in Ethics, Philosophy of Action, and Metaphysics--particularly, free will and moral responsibility, human agency, moral obligation, blame, and punishment. His recent publications include "Truthmakers, Moral Responsibility, and an Alleged Counterexample to Rule A" (Erkenntnis 2016); "Revisionism, Libertarianism, and Naturalistic Plausibility" (Philosophical Studies 2015); and "The Limits of Limited-Blockage Frankfurt-Style Cases" (Philosophical Studies 2014). Dr. Robinson teaches courses on free will and moral responsibility, ethics, medical ethics, business and professional ethics, and logic.


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Keeping Promises to Supererogate," Philosophia 51 (2023): 1811-1828.
"Flickering the W-Defense," Philosophical Issues 33 (2023): 198-210.
"Self-Inflicted Frankfurt-Style Cases and Flickers of Freedom," The Journal of Ethics. Advance online publication.
"Investigating Free Will: Why Neuroscience and Philosophy Need Each Other" [Video] YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-ALFndYwA
“Some Desiderata for a Taxonomy of Conscientious Objection in Health Care: A Reply to Gamble and Saad” (with Jeffrey Byrnes) Clinical Ethics, 18 (2023): 165-171.
"Voluntarily Chosen Roles and Conscientious Objection in Health Care," Journal of Medical Ethics 48 (2022): 718-722.
"Robust Flickers of Freedom," Social Philosophy & Policy 36 (2019): 211-233.
“Truthmakers, Moral Responsibility, and an Alleged Counterexample to Rule A,” Erkenntnis 81 (2016): 1333-1339.
“Revisionism, Libertarianism, and Naturalistic Plausibility,” Philosophical Studies 172 (2015): 2651-2658.