Dr. Daniel Telech

Areas of specialization:

Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Action

Areas of competence:

Philosophy of Mind, Post-Kantian Philosophy, Philosophy of Law


 I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2018, writing a dissertation on the nature and norms of praise, “In Praise of Praise”. I argue that philosophical thought on moral responsibility suffers from a legalistic orientation reflected in the tendency to treat blameworthiness as the model for understanding moral responsibility. By attending to individual reactive attitudes of praise (emotions like gratitude, admiration, and pride), I develop an account of responsibility in theestimability sense, which characterizes our aspirational stance towards other agents and ourselves. Before my PhD, I received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.


“Demanding more of Strawsonian Accountability Theory” European Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming (DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12527).

“The Comparative Nonarbitrariness Norm of Blame” (with Hannah Tierney), Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2019 (https://doi.org/10.26556/jesp.v16i1.654).

The Moral Psychology of Gratitude (edited, and introduction co-authored, with Robert Roberts), Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

“Mercy at the Areopagus: A Nietzschean Account of Justice and Joy in the Eumenides” in Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature, eds., A. LaCroix, R. McAdams, and M. Nussbaum, Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Nietzsche and Moral Psychology” in A Companion to Experimental Philosophy, eds., J. Sytsma and W. Buckwalter, Wiley-Blackwell, (with Brian Leiter), 2016.