Robbie Kubala

Title | Organization: 
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
6th Year PhD Student (Dissertation Phase)

My dissertation project investigates the nature and justification of ethical partiality. I argue for a two-level teleological theory that condones our ordinary motivations within partial relationships but justifies them on impartialist grounds. I am also interested in the value of integrity, the prospects of ethical sentimentalism, and various topics in philosophy and literature.

I am the co-founder of Rethink, a community outreach program that promotes philosophical engagement outside a traditional academic context. Rethink was awarded the 2015 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.

Before coming to Columbia, I studied philosophy at Boston College (BA), and at the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil) as a Marshall Scholar.

During the academic year 2016-2017, I will be teaching Literature Humanities as a Core Preceptor.

Areas of Specialization: 

Ethics, Moral Psychology, Aesthetics, Philosophy and/of/in Literature

Articles / Publications: 

"Valuing and Believing Valuable" Analysis (forthcoming 2017)

Review of Rafe McGregor, The Value of Literature, in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (forthcoming 2017)

"Love and Transience in Proust" Philosophy, Vol. 91, Issue 4 (October 2016): 541-57

Review of Alva Noë, Strange Tools, in Art Papers (January/February 2016): 64

"Philosophy, Literature, and Emotional Engagement: A Response to Nanay" Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 73, Issue 2 (Spring 2015): 196-200