I'm a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I previously taught at the University of Reading in the UK, and before that I was a research fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. My main research interest is metaethics.
My University page.
In my 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.
Interview with Robert Talisse for the New Books in Philosophy podcast.
Symposium in the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism:
Symposium in the Journal of Moral Philosophy:
Why Formal Objections to the Error Theory Fail (with Daniel Wodak). Analysis 81 (2021): 254-262.
I Ought to Reply, So I Can. Philosophia 47 (2019): 1547-1554.
Why We Really Cannot Believe the Error Theory. In Diego Machuca (ed.), Moral Skepticism: New Essays. Routledge, 2017.
Why Jonas Olson Cannot Believe the Error Theory Either. Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (2016): 419-436 (published version).
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). 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).
Reasons, Impossibility and Efficient Steps: Reply to Heuer. Philosophical Studies 151 (2010): 79-86 (published version).
Semi-Global Consequentialism and Blameless Wrongdoing: Reply to Brown. Utilitas 17 (2005): 226-30 (published version).
Are There Moral Truths? (a brief overview of metaethics).
The Unbelievable Truth
about Morality. In Lenny Clapp (ed.), Philosophy For Us.
Cognella, 2017 (a brief overview of the error theory).
I taught the following courses in 2020-21: