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Manuel R. Vargas is Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of San Francisco (through 2017) and is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego (on leave 2016-2017). His research focuses on the overlap of moral, psychological, and legal issues concerning human agency and freedom. He also writes about Latina/o and Latin American philosophy.

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 need to accommodate contemporary scientific findings. 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, Vargas 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.

Vargas was the recipient of
the 2012 USF Distinguished Research Award (a university-wide award given annually to a single faculty member in the university for outstanding research accomplishment), the inaugural USF College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award (2012), and the USF Provost's Faculty Team Innovation Award (2011). He has also held both the NEH Chair in the Humanities (2005-2006, 2013-14), the Davies Professorship (2012), and served as the Fleishhacker Family Chair in Philosophy (2014-2015). In 2015, he was recognized as a Dean's Circle Research Scholar at the USF School of Law.

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

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Mailing address until end of April 2017
USF Philosophy KA 113
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA  94117

Mailing address as of May 2017
UCSD Dept. of Philosophy
9500 Gilman Drive #0119
La Jolla, CA  92093-0119