tyler paytas

Dr Tyler Paytas


BA (Truman), MA (UMSL), PhD (WashU)

My primary research interests are in ethical theory and the history of ethics. After completing my PhD in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, I spent the 2015-2016 academic year as a VolkswagenStiftung Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institut für Philosophie at Universität Stuttgart. I joined ACU’s Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry in 2016. Among the specific themes my research focuses on are ethical impartialism, utilitarianism, structural vice, Sidgwickian intuitionism, and Kant’s moral psychology.

I was recently a guest on Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone where I discussed my views on fear and virtue theory. You can listen to the ABC podcast of the program here.

Key publications


and Tim Henning, eds. Kantian and Sidgwickian Ethics: The Cosmos of Duty Above and the Moral Law Within. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

Book Chapter

‘Beneficent Governor of the Cosmos: Kant and Sidgwick on the Moral Necessity of God’. In Kantian and Sidgwickian Ethics: The Cosmos of Duty Above and the Moral Law Within, edited by T. Paytas and T. Henning. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

Journal Articles

and Nicholas Baima, ‘True in Word and Deed: Plato on the Impossibility of Divine Deception’, Journal of the History of Philosophy (forthcoming)

‘Of Providence and Puppet Shows: Divine Hiddenness as Kantian Theodicy’, Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming).

and Nicholas Baima, ‘Intrinsic Valuing and the Limits of Justice: Why the Ring of Gyges Matters’, Phronesis 64.1 (2019).

‘God’s Awful Majesty Before Our Eyes: Kant’s Moral Justification for Divine Hiddenness’, Kantian Review 22.1 (2017): 133-157.

‘Rational Beings with Emotional Needs: The Patient-Centered Grounds of Kant’s Duty of Humanity’, History of Philosophy Quarterly 32.4 (2015): 353-376.

‘Sometimes Psychopaths Get it Right: A Utilitarian Response to “The Mismeasure of Morals”’ Utilitas 26.2 (2014): 178-191.


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