Professor and Chair, Philosophy   


Director, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program

CV is here.

Selected Publications:

Mallon, R. (2016).  The Construction of Human Kinds. Oxford University Press.
Mallon, R. (2016.) “Experimental Philosophy.” Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, ed. Herman Cappelen, John Hawthorne, and Tamar Szabó Gendler.
Mallon, R. (2015.) “Social Construction and Achieving Reference.” Noûs.
Nichols, S., Á. Pinillos, and R. Mallon.  (Forthcoming.)  “Referential Ambiguity.”  Mind.
Mallon, R.  (2015.) "Performed Categories, Self Explanation and Agency.”  Philosophical Studies.  Available online as of January 2015.]
Mallon R. “Stereotype Threat and Persons” (2016) Implicit Biases.  Ed. Michael Brownstein and Jenny Saul.  Oxford University Press.

Mallon, R.  (2013.) “Was Race Thinking Invented in the Modern West?”  Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Part A) Volume 44, Issue 1, March 2013, pp. 77–88.

Mallon, R. and J. Doris (2013). The Science of Ethics. Blackwell Companion to Ethics. H. LaFollette and I. Persson. Oxford, Blackwell.

Mallon, Ron, and Dan Kelly. (2012). Making Race Out of Nothing.  Ed. Harold Kincaid.  The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. New York: OUP. pp. 507-532.

Machery, E., R. Mallon, S. Nichols and S. Stich (2012).  If folk intuitions vary, then what?  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 

Mallon, R. and S. Nichols.  (2011).  “Dual Processes and Moral Rules.” Emotion Review 3(3): 284-285.

Mallon, R. (2010).  “Sources of Racialism.”  Journal of Social Philosophy. 41(3): 272-292.

Mallon, R. and S. Nichols.“Experimental Philosophy.”  In Ed. Edward Craig.  Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Alexander, Joshua, Ron Mallon, et al. (2010). "Accentuate the Negative." Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(2): 297-314.

Kelly, Dan, Edouard Machery, et al. (2010). Race and Racial Cognition. The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology. J. M. Doris and T. M. P. R. Group. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 433-471.

Machery, Edouard and Ron Mallon (2010). The Evolution of Morality. The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology. J. M. Doris and T. M. P. R. Group. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 3-46.

Mallon, Ron and Shaun Nichols (2010). Rules. The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology. J. Doris and T. M. P. R. Group. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 297-320.

Mallon, R., E. Machery, S. Nichols and S. Stich (2009). "Against Arguments from Reference." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Volume 79, Number 2, September 2009 , pp. 332-356.

Mallon, R. (2008). Naturalistic Approaches to Social Construction. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Mallon, R. (2008). "Knobe vs. Machery: Testing the Trade-Off Hypothesis." Mind and Language 23(2): 247-255.

Sinnott-Armstrong, W., R. Mallon, et al. (2008). "Intention, Temporal Order, and Moral Judgments." Mind and Language 23(1): 90-106.     

Mallon, R. (2007). "Human Categories Beyond Non-Essentialism." Journal of Political Philosophy 15(2): 146-168.

Mallon, R. (2007). "Arguments from Reference and the Worry About Dependence." Midwest Studies in Philosophy XXXI: 160-183.

Nichols, S. and R. Mallon (2006). "Moral Rules and Moral Dilemmas." Cognition 100: 530-542.

Mallon, R. and J. Weinberg (2006). "Innateness as Closed Process Invariance." Philosophy of Science 73: 323-344.

Mallon, R. (2006). "A Field Guide to Social Construction." Philosophy Compass 2(1): 93-108.

Mallon, R. (2006). "'Race': Normative, Not Metaphysical or Semantic." Ethics 116(3): 525-551.

Leslie, A. M., R. Mallon and J. A. DiCorcia (2006). "Transgressors, victims, and cry babies:  Is basic moral judgment spared in autism?" Social Neuroscience 1(3-4): 270-283.   

Mallon, R. (2004). "Passing, Traveling, and Reality: Social Construction and the Metaphysics of Race." Noûs 38(4): 644-673.

Machery, E., R. Mallon, S. Nichols and S. Stich (2004). "Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style." Cognition 92: B1-B12.

Mallon, R. (2003). Social Construction, Social Roles and Stability. Socializing Metaphysics. F. Schmitt. Lanham, MD, Rowman and Littlefield: 327-353.

Faucher, L., R. Mallon, D. Nazer, S. Nichols, A. Ruby, S. Stich and J. Weinberg (2002). The Baby in the Lab-Coat: Why Child Development is Not an Adequate Model for Understanding the Development of Science. The Cognitive Basis of Science. P. Carruthers and S. P. Stich. New York, Cambridge University Press: 335-362.

Mallon, R. and S. P. Stich (2000). "The Odd Couple: The Compatibility of Social Construction and Evolutionary Psychology." Philosophy of Science 67: 133-154.           

Mallon, R. (1999). "Political Liberalism, Cultural Membership, and the Family." Social Theory and Practice 25: 271-297.


Edited Books:

Allhoff, F., Mallon, R. and Nichols, S. (2012): An Introduction to Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings.  Oxford University Press.

My work explores intersections of transmitted culture and human psychology.

  • Moral Psychology

  • Experimental Philosophy

  • Social Construction

  • Race