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Will Kidder

Will Kidder
Will Kidder

Lecturer in Philosophy

Will Kidder received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research focuses on the ability to empathetically engage with those whose moral views differ from our own and on the value of this sort of empathy for self-critical moral inquiry. His published work includes articles on pragmatist ethics, the moral psychology of empathizing with fictional characters, and empirical approaches to measuring and analyzing imaginative resistance.

Select Publications

  • Kidder, William (forthcoming). “The Aesthetic Achievement and Cognitive Value of Empathy for Rough Heroes.” Journal of Value Inquiry.
  • Dylan Campbell, William Kidder, Jason D’Cruz & Brendan Gaesser (2021). “Emotion in imaginative resistance.” Philosophical Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2021.1932786
  • “Resisting Empathy Bias with Pragmatist Ethics.” Contemporary Pragmatism 16 (1):65-83.

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

Ph.D., SUNY Albany
M.A., SUNY Albany
B.L.S., Salem State University


The Role of Empathy in Moral Inquiry
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