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Manuel R. Vargas is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the overlap of moral, psychological, and legal issues concerning human agency and freedom. He also writes about Latinx and Latin American philosophy. Previously, he was a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of San Francisco.

Most of his writing has focused on the basis of blame, punishment, and moral responsibility, emphasizing the social aspects of our moral practices and the challenges of fitting in our normative aspirations with a broadly naturalistic picture of humans. His account of moral responsibility can be found in
Building Better Beings: A Theory of Moral Responsibility (OUP, 2013). He is also a co-author, with John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, and Derk Pereboom, of Four Views on Free Will (Blackwell, 2007), and he co-edited, with Gideon Yaffe, Rational and Social Agency: The Philosophy of Michael Bratman (OUP, 2014).

Vargas's research has been recognized with a variety of national awards, prizes, grants, and fellowships. Building Better Beings was awarded the American Philosophical Association's Book Prize in 2015 (this award is given every two years for the best book in philosophy by a younger scholar). In 2004, He was a recipient of the first American Philosophical Association Prize in Latin American Thought.

His work
has also been  recognized with year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the Stanford Humanities Center. Additionally, he has  been a Visiting Fellow at the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University, and has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

A webpage and complete list of publications can be found here:

Other pages with publication information include:
GoogleScholar page

You can email him here.

Mailing address:
UCSD Dept. of Philosophy
9500 Gilman Drive #0119
La Jolla, CA  92093-0119