Positions

Overview

  • What I love most about philosophy is its breadth. We can ask philosophical questions about everything, from the trivial to the profound. Most of my work is organized around the nature and role of moral responsibility — what it takes to deserve blame and praise for the things we do. More recently I’ve turned to questions exploring our evaluative interactions with others, for example, the ways in which one’s moral criticism of another may itself ground criticism. These projects often integrate work from other fields, including psychology and law.

    My classes are usually organized around various puzzles that need sorting out. The focus is to equip each student with the background understanding and skills needed to start figuring out their own answers. There is a premium placed on discussion and student perspectives, and since I rely on my students to be participants in the process, each iteration of a class winds up distinctively unique. My courses aren’t by rote: they’re collaborations with my students.

    I grew up just outside Washington DC, in Northern Virginia. I spent eight years on the other side of the Nation’s Capital, earning my doctorate at the University of Maryland. In between my degree and arriving here at UAB, I lived (and taught) in Minnesota, New York, and Los Angeles. I have been, at various times, a guitarist, a comics enthusiast, and an improv comedian. I can still play the guitar and, occasionally, tell a joke.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Attending to blamePhilosophical Studies2019
    2018 Moral Responsibility and Mental Illness: a Call for NuanceNeuroethics.  11:11-22. 2018
    2017 Against Personifying the Reasonable PersonAmerican Heart Association Instructor Course, AHA Regional Faculty, Veterans Administration.  11:725-732. 2017
    2014 Traction without tracing: A (partial) solution for control-based accounts of moral responsibilityEuropean Journal of Philosophy.  22:463-482. 2014
    2014 Two faces of desertPhilosophical Studies.  169:401-424. 2014
    2013 The problem with manipulationEthics.  124:65-83. 2013
    2012 Moral responsibility and consciousnessJournal of Moral Philosophy.  9:200-228. 2012

    Research Overview

  • Most of my work is organized around the nature and role of moral responsibility. I'm interested to see how much can be explained with more modest resources than are typically acknowledged, while challenging widespread philosophical assumptions. In pursuit of these goals, my work explores topics in ethics, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of action, and law.

    Keywords - Ethics, Free Will and Responsibility, and Philosophy of Law
  • Teaching Overview

  • My principal aim in the classroom is to get students excited about the issues, and to use that excitement to encourage their interest in becoming more critical, more reflective, thinkers. If you take a course with me, prepare yourself for an enthusiastic presentation of the material, interactive experience focused on student participation, with the occasional humorous digression. I strive to make my courses collaborative affairs – I care about how my students see the problems and what seems important to solving them.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL490 - Philosophy Seminar (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL230 - Social/Political Philosophy (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL490 - Philosophy Seminar (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL335 - Philosophy of Law (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Matthew King