Bob Fischer

Department of Philosophy
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

fischer [at] txstate [dot] edu

I teach in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University. I work in animal ethics, dabble in moral psychology, and have said things about modal epistemology. For my CV, click here.

Jeff Johnson and I direct the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals, which hosts independent workshops on animal ethics and APA sessions having the same theme. The most recent call is available here.


Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us
Under contract with Oxford University Press.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

For some thoughts about this project, please see my post at Daily Nous. You can find a review of the book here.


Animal Ethics — A Contemporary Introduction
Under contract with Routledge.

Edited Volumes

The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics
Under contract with Routledge.

Edited with Felipe Leon. Cham: Springer, 2017.

The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat
Edited with Ben Bramble. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
(NDPR Review)

Articles and Chapters

Between the Species, forthcoming.

"Animals as Honorary Humans"
Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism, edited by Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

The Journal of Value Inquiry, forthcoming.

Episteme, forthcoming.

Social Theory and Practice, forthcoming.

"Disenhanced Animals Might Not Be Disenhanced"
Neuroethics and Nonhuman Animals, ed. Andrew Fenton, L. Syd M Johnson, and Adam Shriver. Cham: Springer, forthcoming.

"Disassociation Intuitions"
Southwest Philosophy Review, forthcoming.

"Field Deaths in Plant Agriculture"
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, forthcoming.

Journal of Applied Philosophy, forthcoming.

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, forthcoming.

Topoi, forthcoming.

"Nonideal Ethics and Arguments against Eating Animals"
Environmental Values, forthcoming.

"Speech and War: Rethinking the Ethics of Speech Restrictions"
The Value and Limits of Academic Speech: Philosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives, ed. Donald Alexander Downs and Chris W. Surprenant. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Teaching for Our Good"
Philosophers in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching, ed. Steven Cahn, Alexandra Bradner, and Andrew Mills. Indianapolis: Hackett, forthcoming.

"Arguments for Consuming Animal Products"
The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, ed. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett. pp. 241-266. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"Facsimiles of Flesh"
w/ Burkay Ozturk
Journal of Applied Philosophy 34 (2017): 

w/ Max Elder
Essays in Philosophy 18 (2017): 1-23.

"Modal Empiricism: Objection, Reply, Proposal"
Modal Epistemology After Rationalism, ed. Bob Fischer and Felipe Leon, pp. 263-280. Cham: Springer, 2017.

Erkenntnis 82.5 (2017): 1015-1030.

LEGO and Philosophy, ed. Roy T. Cook and Sondra Bacharach, pp. 207-214. New York: Blackwell, 2017.

Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 8 (2017): 1-6.

"A Theory-based Epistemology of Modality"
The Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (2016): 228-247.

"Bugging the Strict Vegan"
Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 29 (2016): 255-263.

"Disgust as Heuristic"
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (2016): 679-693.

"Hale on the Architecture of Modal Knowledge"
Analytic Philosophy 57 (2016): 76-89.

"You Can't Buy Your Way Out of Veganism"
Between the Species 19 (2016): 193-209.

"Against Blaming the Blameworthy"
The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat, ed. Ben Bramble and Bob Fischer, pp. 185-198. Oxford University Press, 2015.

"Theory Selection in Modal Epistemology"
American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2015): 289-304.

"Disgust and the Collection of Bovine Fetal Blood"
Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy, ed. Elisa Aaltola and John Hadley, pp. 151-164. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (2012): 17-31.

Recent Reviews

"Andrews and Beck's The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds"
Metapsychology, forthcoming.

"Kenneth Asher's Literature, Ethics, and the Emotions"
Philosophy in Review, forthcoming.

"Nathan Nobis’s Animals & Ethics 101"
Between the Species, forthcoming.

Metapsychology 21.39 (2017).

Between the Species 20 (2017): 153-158.

The Philosophical Review 126 (2017): 295-300.

Metapsychology 21.2 (2017).

Philosophy in Review 34.1-2 (2014).

Philosophical Psychology 27:3 (2014): 445-449.

General Audiences

1000-Word Philosophy, December 2017.

CBC Radio's Ideas, November 2016.

"When Vegans Won't Compromise"
w/ James McWilliams
The New York Times, August 2015.

"From Outrage to Integration"
Prindle Post, July 2015.

"Why Act When It Doesn't Make a Difference?"
Prindle Post, May 2015.