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Diana B. Heney

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

Pragmatism, Bioethics, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, Epistemology

Description of Research

My research fits into two broad categories: ethics and history of philosophy. 

In ethics, I write and teach on both theoretical and applied topics. Seminars in recent years have included normative ethics, metaethics, ethics and mental health, death and dying, and freedom and responsibility.

In history of philosophy, my main interests are history of American pragmatism and history of ethical theory.

Representative publications


(2016) Toward a Pragmatist Metaethics,Routledge.


(2018) “Mental Disorder as a Puzzle for Constitutivism.” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 24 (5): 1107-1113.

(2017)  “From Method to Medicine: A Pragmatist Framework for Bioethics. In Pragmatism and Objectivity: Essays Sparked by the Work of Nicholas Rescher, ed. Sami Pihlström, Routledge, 239-253.

(2017) “Peirce on Intuition, Instinct, and Common Sense.” Co-authored with Kenneth Boyd. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, IX-2.

(2017)  “C.I. Lewis: From Conceptual Pragmatism to Contemporary Metaethics.” In Contemporary Perspectives on C.I. Lewis: Pragmatism in Transition, eds. Peter Olen & Carl Sachs, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2017) “Rascals, Triflers, And Pragmatists: Developing a Peircean Account of Assertion.” Co-authored with Kenneth Boyd. Honourable Mention for the 2017 Rogers Prize. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 25 (2): 287-308. 

(2017) “Metaethics for Mavericks: Santayana and Nietzsche on False Idols and True Poetry.” Winner of the 2016 Angus Kerr-Lawson Essay Prize. Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society, 35: 78-92

(2016)  “Practitioner Narrative Competence in Mental Health Care.” Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 23(2): 115-127.

(2015)  “Reality as Necessary Friction.” Journal of Philosophy, 112 (9): 504-514.

(2014)  “Peirce on Science, Practice, and the Permissibility of ‘Stout Belief.’” In Charles S. Peirce in His Own Words – The Peirce Quote Volume, eds. Torkild Thellefsen and Bent Sørensen, Mouton de Gruyter.

(2012)  “Santayana on Value: Expressivism, Self-Knowledge, and Happiness.” Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society,30: 4-13.