Jake Nebel

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I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at NYU. Starting fall 2019, I'll be an assistant professor of philosophy at USC. Before coming to NYU, I received a BPhil from Oxford in 2015 and an AB from Princeton in 2013.

I work mostly on questions in normative ethics and the theory of value. My interests in those areas include the ethics of population, distribution, and risk; incommensurable and vague value relations; the normative significance of various cognitive biases and violations of expected utility theory; and the nature, content, and importance of well-being. I am also interested in reasons, propositions, and questions.

You can email me at jnebel@usc.edu.


  1. An Intrapersonal Addition Paradox. Ethics, forthcoming.
  2. Hopes, Fears, and Other Grammatical Scarecrows. The Philosophical Review, forthcoming.
  3. Normative Reasons as Reasons Why We Ought. Mind, forthcoming.
  4. The Good, the Bad, and the Transitivity of Better Than. Noûs, 52(4), December 2018: 874-899.
  5. Priority, Not Equality, for Possible People. Ethics, 127(4), July 2017: 896-911.
  6. Status Quo Bias, Rationality, and Conservatism about Value. Ethics 125(2), January 2015: 449-76.
  7. Teaching Philosophy through Lincoln-Douglas Debate, with Peter van Elswyk, Ben Holguín, and Ryan Davis. Teaching Philosophy 36(3), 2013: 271-89.
  8. A Counterexample to Parfit's Rule Consequentialism. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 6(2), 2012: 1-10.