Dr. Bruce Waller

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DeBartolo Hall, 402
330–941–3447 or 330–941–3448 (office)
330–726–2502 (home)


Ph.D., 1979, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Free will and moral responsibility (action theory), ethical theory, bioethics, criminal justice ethics, critical thinking



ARTICLES (since 2001)

“Judicial System Resources: More Fun and Better Understanding in the Critical Thinking Classroom,” Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, forthcoming.

“The Culture of Moral Responsibility,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 30, Number 1 (January, 2014): 3-17.

“Free Will vs. Determinism,” in The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

“The Scientific Naturalist Case Against Moral Responsibility,” Behavior and Philosophy, Volume 41 (2014): 27-36.

“The Stubborn Illusion of Moral Responsibility,” in The Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility, edited by Gregg Caruso (Lexington Books, 2013).

With Robyn Repko, “Informed Consent: Good Medicine, Dangerous Side Effects,” Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics (2008).

“Sincere Apology without Moral Responsibility,” Social Theory and Practice, Volume 33, Number 3 (July, 2007).

“Denying Responsibility without Making Excuses,” American Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 43 (2006): 81–89.

“Responsibility and Health,” Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Volume 14 (2005): 177–188.

“Neglected Psychological Elements of Free Will,” Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, Volume 11 (June 2004): 111–118.

“Comparing Psychoanalytic and Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives on Control,” Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, Volume 11 (June 2004).

“Empirical Free Will and the Ethics of Moral Responsibility,”The Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 37 (2004): 533–542.

“Virtue Unrewarded: Morality Without Moral Responsibility,” Philosophia, Volume 31 (October 2004): 427- 447.

“The Almost Invisible Ghost in the Moral Responsibility Machine,” Journal of Philosophical Research, Volume 29 (2004).

“The Sad Truth: Optimism, Pessimism, and Pragmatism,” Ratio, Volume 16, No. 2 (June 2003): 189–197. Reprinted in David Benatar, ed., Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions, 2nd Edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield 2010).

“A Metacompatibilist Account of Free Will: Making Compatibilists and Incompatibilists More Compatible,” Philosophical Studies, Volume 112, Number 2/3 (2003): 209–224.

“The Psychological Structure of Patient Autonomy,” Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Volume 11 (2002): 257–65.

“Classifying and Analyzing Analogies,” Informal Logic, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2001): 199–218.
“Patient Autonomy Naturalized,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Volume 44, Number 4 (Autumn 2001).

Books Textbooks

Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015



Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson 2001, 2005, 2012; 6th Edition


Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011




Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011, 2008; 3rd Edition


Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1998


Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011


Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1990


Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2009


New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006


Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2014