I'm a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. My main research interest is metaethics.
My University page.
In my recent book Unbelievable Errors, I defend an error theory about all normative judgements, I argue that we cannot believe this theory, and I argue that this makes the theory more likely to be true.
The book on OUP's website.
Post on the OUP blog.
Post on the Imperfect Cognitions blog.
Interview with Robert Talisse for the New Books in Philosophy podcast.
Review by Robert C. Koons, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Review by Hallvard Lillehammer, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
Book note by Stephen Ingram, Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
Why We Really Cannot Believe the Error Theory. In Diego Machuca (ed.), Moral Skepticism: New Essays. Routledge, 2017.
The Unbelievable Truth about Morality. In Lenny Clapp (ed.), Philosophy For Us. Cognella, 2017. (Written for students.)
Why Jonas Olson Cannot Believe the Error Theory Either (part of a symposium on Jonas Olson's book Moral Error Theory). Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (2016): 419-436 (published version available here).
Are the Moral Fixed Points Conceptual Truths? (with Daan Evers). Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, March 2016.
Do Normative Judgements Aim to Represent the World? Ratio 26 (2013): 450-470 (published version available here). Also in Bart Streumer (ed.), Irrealism in Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
Why There Really Are No Irreducibly Normative Properties. In David Bakhurst, Brad Hooker and Margaret Olivia Little (eds.), Thinking about Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press, 2013 (published version available here).
Reasons, Impossibility and Efficient Steps: Reply to Heuer. Philosophical Studies 151 (2010): 79-86 (published version available here).
Semi-Global Consequentialism and Blameless Wrongdoing: Reply to Brown. Utilitas 17 (2005): 226-30 (published version available here).
Procedural and Substantive Practical Rationality (with Brad Hooker). In Alfred Mele and Piers Rawling (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Rationality. Oxford University Press, 2004 (published version available here).
I'm teaching the following courses in 2018-19:
Introduction to Ethics (first year)
Freedom and Responsiblity (third year)
Core Issues: Nihilism (master)
Research in Practice 2 (master, with Lodi Nauta)