Sher earned his bachelor's degree at Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1972. His work has largely focused on liberalism, perfectionism, and issues in moral psychology. He is married to essayist and novelist Emily Fox Gordon.
- Desert, Princeton University Press, 1987; paperback, 1989.
- Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics, Cambridge University Press, 1997. Chinese edition (Hebei People's Publishing House) forthcoming.
- Approximate Justice: Studies in Non-Ideal Theory, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997.
- In Praise of Blame, Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Who Knew? Responsibility Without Awareness, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- "But I Could Be Wrong," Ethical Theory: An Anthology.
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