J. David Velleman

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J. David Velleman (born 1952)[1] is a Professor of Philosophy at New York University in the NYU Department of Philosophy. He taught previously for more than twenty years at the University of Michigan. He primarily works in the areas of ethics, moral psychology, and related areas such as the philosophy of action, constitutivism and practical reasoning.[citation needed]


Velleman received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1983 under the supervision of David K. Lewis. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is founding co-editor with Stephen Darwall of Philosophers' Imprint,[2] an on-line, peer-refereed philosophy journal. Several of his former students are now established philosophers, including Connie Rosati at the University of Arizona and Nishiten Shah at Amherst College.[citation needed]


The following is a partial list of Velleman's publications.



  • (1985) "Practical Reflection" Philosophical Review 94(1):33–61.
  • (1989) "Colour as a Secondary Quality" Mind XCVIII(389):81–103. [co-authored with Paul Boghossian]
  • (1992) "What Happens When Someone Acts?" Mind 101(403):461–481.
  • (1992) "The Guise of the Good" Noûs 26(1):3–26.
  • (1999) "Love as a Moral Emotion" in Ethics 109, N° 2(January 1999):338–374.


  • 'Really Seeing Another' in Alex Voorhoeve, Conversations on Ethics Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-921537-9. (A conversation about Velleman's views on love and its relation to morality.)

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  1. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. 
  2. ^ "Philosophers' Imprint". philosophersimprint.org. 

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