Jake Nebel

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I am a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at New York University. Before coming to NYU, I received a BPhil from Oxford and an AB from Princeton. I am most interested in questions about value, rationality, and morality.

You can email me at jakenebel@nyu.edu.

Current Research Interests

  • Population ethics
  • Incommensurability and vagueness
  • Cognitive biases
  • Well-being
  • Distributive ethics
  • Normative reasons
  • Publications

    1. Priority, Not Equality, for Possible People. Ethics, 127(4), July 2017: 896-911.
    2. The Good, the Bad, and the Transitivity of Better Than. Noûs, 2017. doi:10.1111/nous.12198
    3. Status Quo Bias, Rationality, and Conservatism about Value. Ethics 125(2), January 2015: 449-76.
    4. A Counterexample to Parfit's Rule Consequentialism. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2012.


    Competitive debate got me interested in philosophy when I was in high school. I now run Victory Briefs: we publish debate handbooks and direct summer workshops in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. I have written about teaching philosophy through Lincoln-Douglas debate (Teaching Philosophy 36(3), 2013: 271-89) with Peter van Elswyk, Ben Holguin, and Ryan Davis.

    I am a member of Giving What We Can. files