David Palmer, assistant professor of philosophy, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He works primarily in action theory, on issues of free will and moral responsibility. He has an edited collection forthcoming with Oxford University Press on libertarian approaches to free will, and he is rapidly gaining a national reputation as an expert on these issues. Libertarian approaches (not libertarian in the political sense) insist that some human actions are not causally determined in the way ordinary events are causally determined by antecedent states of affairs.
He recently won the David and Kathryn White Undergraduate Teaching Award, which rotates between philosophy, history and psychology, and last year won the Chancellor’s Teaching Award.