Bio & CV


Michael McKenna is Professor of Philosophy and the Keith Lehrer Chair in the Department of Philosophy and the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona.  After earning his PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1993, Michael taught at Ithaca College in the Department of Philosophy and Religion from 1994-2006, including a stint as departmental chair from 2001 - 2004. He then took a tenured appointment in the Philosophy Department at Florida State University from 2006-2010, after which he took up his appointment at Arizona. He has also held visiting appointments at Bryn Mawr College and University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Michael works primarily on the related topics of free will and moral responsibility, which sits at the intersection of ethics, metaphysics and the philosophy of action and mind. He has published numerous articles on these topics. His book *Conversation and Responsibility* (OUP, 2012) is devoted to advancing a theory of moral responsibility, one that remains neutral on the metaphysical question regarding free will.  He is currently working on a book on the metaphysics of free will, one that proposes a theory of freedom that would be suitable for the conditions for moral responsibility. McKenna has also just recently completed a coauthored textbook on free will with Derk Pereboom (Cornell University). This book, *Free Will: A Contemporary Introduction* (Routledge, forthcoming in 2016), is intended for an advanced undergraduate and graduate audience. It offers a comprehensive and unbiased assessment of the major controversies currently surrounding the philosophical problem(s) of the freedom of the will. 

McKenna has also co-edited three collections of essays: *The Nature of Moral Responsibility: New Essays* with Randolph Clarke and Angela Smith (OUP, 2015); *Free Will and Reactive Attitudes: Perspectives on PF Strawson's "Freedom and Resentment* with Paul Russell (Ashgate, 2008); and *Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities* with David Widerker (Ashgate, 2003).  He is currently working in a fourth *Forgiveness* (OUP) with Dana Nelkin and Brandon Warmke. 

Outside of philosophy Michael's other passions include downhill skiing, cycling (mostly road given his encroaching decrepitude), distance running, and weight-lifting. He's been known to enjoy live music of various sorts, as well as an evening cocktail or two. He spends most of his time with his wonderful wife Danielle, his son Coen, who at only 5 years old is, like George Foreman, large and in charge, and his two dogs, both rescue mutts, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

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