Research and Teaching Interests
David Sobel works primarily in ethics. Much of his research has focused on understanding what makes something valuable. Recently he has also explored how demanding our moral obligations can be, problems for some libertarian conceptions of our natural rights, as well as the best understanding of what makes something good for us.
His main teaching interests are in ethics and political philosophy. In recent years he has increasingly focused his undergraduate classes on issues concerning economic inequality, mass incarceration, and gun control. His graduate teaching tends to address questions of what makes things valuable or good for a person and, especially, the role of the agent’s attitudes and concerns in determining what is valuable or good for her.
Let me read you some of my recent work
"A Robust Hybrid Theory of Well-Being" (co-authored with Steven Wall)
- Video, from Rice.edu
- Audio. See Journal of Ethics & Philosophy, 15.2 for original article.
Ph.D., The University of Michigan
(Dec. 6, 2016)
David Sobel co-edits online blog PEA Soup
(Dec. 15, 2015)
Eighth-graders tackle life’s persistent questions: Is it ever OK to lie? Is a hot dog a sandwich?
(Aug. 31, 2015)
Philosophers, scholars, and researchers converge on campus for Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy
Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 6, by David Sobel (Editor), Peter Vallentyne (Editor), Steven Wall (Editor), Oxford University Press (March 6, 2020), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198852636
From Valuing to Value: A Defense of Subjectivism, by David Sobel, Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 10, 2017), 352 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198712640
Reasons for Action, edited by David Sobel and Steven Wall, Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2009), 298 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0521877466