Daniel Coren

Hellems 15

F 1:30-3:00pm

Teaching Spring 19: PHIL 2200 sec 001, 002


I was raised in Toronto. As a proud Canadian I frequently apologize for that.


My research areas are ancient philosophy and contemporary ethics. My dissertation is on Aristotle's account of non-human self-motion. Uniting my interest in ancient and my interest in contemporary ethics is my major research interest in the history and contemporary status of debates related to agency and responsibility. For example, in my latest publication ("Epistemic Conservatism and Bare Beliefs", forthcoming in Synthese), I step back from agent-neutral discussions of epistemic conservatism, focusing instead on the apparent assumption that a human agent can hold a belief isolated from all supporting beliefs, memories, and justification. A second example: in my dissertation (Chapter One is forthcoming in Ancient Philosophy), I argue that, for Aristotle, self-moving animals (human and non-human) are deeply dependent on many internal and external factors outside their control despite being rightly considered capable of self-directed movements. A third: in "Freedom, Gratitude, and Resentment" (my forthcoming Res Philosophica piece), I offer a partial explanation for long-standing disagreements in the free will debate, based on sharply divergent perspectives on the root causes of human reactive attitudes (focusing on divergences between Peter John Olivi and Peter Strawson, and between van Inwagen and Fischer/Ravizza). 


Below you can find records of my publications and teaching experience.

For more information, see Daniel's web site: danielcoren.wordpress.com.


  • "Epistemic Conservatism and Bare Beliefs" Accepted for publication in Synthese 11/29/2018 (8,029 words)
  • “Aristotle on Self-Change in Plants” Conditional acceptance from Rhizomata 08/18/2018 (14,161 words)
  • "Freedom, Gratitude, and Resentment: Olivi and Strawson" Accepted for publication in Res Philosophica 09/04/2018 (10,071 words)
  • “Aristotle against (unqualified) self-motion: Physics VII 1 a241b35-242a49 / ß241b25-242a15” Accepted for publication in Ancient Philosophy 05/14/2018 (9,941 words)
  • “Making Sense of the Sentence: Aristotle’s EN 1094a18-22” Accepted for publication in the Journal of Philosophical Research 04/16/2018 (9,996 words)
  • “Always Choose to Live or Choose to Always Live” Accepted for publication in the Southwest Philosophy Review 01/27/2018 (7,153 words)
  • 2018. “Why Does Aristotle Defend the Principle of Non-Contradiction Against its Contrary?” The Philosophical Forum 49: 39-59.
  • 2018. “Alternate Possibilities and Moral Asymmetry.” Acta Analytica 33: 145-159.
  • 2017. “On Young’s Version of the Principle of Alternate Possibilities.” Philosophia: The Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 45: 585-594.
    • Response by G. Young, “A response to Coren’s objections to the principle of alternate possibilities as sufficient but not necessary for moral responsibility.” Philosophia: The Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 45: 1365-1380.
  • 2015. “Anthropocentric Biocentrism in a Hybrid.” Ethics and the Environment, 20 (2): 48-60.

 Teaching Experience: Instructor of Record

  • Augmester 2018 (08/06/2018-08/23/2018): Philosophy 3100, Ethical Theory (Colorado Boulder). Role: Instructor.
  • 01/2018-05/2018: Philosophy 1000, Introduction to Philosophy (Colorado Boulder). Role: Instructor.
  • 01/2017-05/2017: Philosophy 1000, Introduction to Philosophy (Colorado Boulder). Role: Instructor
  • 01/2016-05/2016: Philosophy 1010, Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ancient (Colorado Boulder). Role: Instructor.
  • 08/2015 – 12/2015: Philosophy 1020, Introduction to Western Philosophy: Modern (Colorado Boulder). Role: Instructor.