Recent or Forthcoming Publications

• Kelly, D. (Forthcoming).‘Two Ways to Adopt a Norm: The (Moral?) Psychology of Internalization and Avowal,'  The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology, Ed. M. Vargas  and J. Doris, New York: Oxford University Press. (~10,000)

• Brownstein, M. and Kelly, D. (2019). Review of The Evolution of Moral Progress: A Biocultural Theory by Allen Powell and James Buchanan, The British Journal of Philosophy of Science: Review of Books.

• Kelly, D. and Morar, N. (2019). ‘Enhancement, Authenticity, and Social Acceptance in the Age of Individualism,' commentary on Conrad, E., Humphries, S. and Chatterjee, A. “Attitudes toward cognitive enhancement: the role of metaphor and context,” The American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 10(1): 51-53. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1599081  

• Davidson, L. and Kelly, D. (2018).‘Minding the Gap: Bias, Soft Structures, and the Double Life of Social Norms,' Journal of Applied Philosophy, Special Issue on Bias in Context doi: 10.1111/japp.12351

• Kelly, D. and Davis, T. (2018). ‘Social Norms and Human Normative Psychology,' Social Philosophy & Policy, Special Issue on Learning and Changing Norms. 35(1): 54-76. doi:10.1017/S0265052518000122

• Davis, T. and Kelly, D. (2018). ‘Norms, Not Moral Norms: The Boundaries of Morality Don't Matter’ commentary on Kyle Stanford's 'The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis: Moral Externalization and the Evolution of Human Cooperation,' Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 18-19.

• Kelly, D. (2018). ‘Cast in A Bad Light or Reflected in a Dark Mirror? Cognitive Science and the Projecting Mind,' The Moral Psychology of Disgust, Ed. N. Strohminger and V. Kumar, London: Rowan & Littlefield International. Page 171 - 194.

• Kelly, D. and Morar, N. (2018). ‘I Eat, Therefore I Am: Disgust and the Intersection of Food and Identity,' The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, Eds. A. Barnhill, M. Budolfson and T. Doggett. Oxford University Press, pages 637 - 657.

• Kelly, D. (2017). ‘Moral Cheesecake, Evolved Psychology, and the Debunking Impulse,' The Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy, Ed. R. Joyce, New York: Routledge Press. Pages 342-358.

• Kelly, D. and Hoburg, P. (2017). ‘A Tale of Two Processes: On Joseph Henrich’s The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter,' Philosophical Psychology 30(6): 832 - 848.

• Kelly, D. and Morar, N. (2016). ‘Nudging and the Ecological and Social Roots of Human Agency,' commentary on Douglas MacKay and Alexandra Robinson “Registering Organ Donors: Nudges and Respect for Autonomy,” The American Journal of Bioethics, 6(11): 15-17. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2016.1222018

• Washington, N. and Kelly, D. (2016). ‘Who's Responsible for This? Moral Responsibility, Externalism, and Knowledge about Implicit Bias,' Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2. Eds. M. Brownstein and J. Saul. Oxford University Press, pages 11 - 36.  DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766179.003.0002

• Holroyd, J. and Kelly, D. (2016). ‘Implicit Bias, Character, and Control', From Personality to Virtue: Essays in the Philosophy of Character. Eds. A Masala and J. Webber. Oxford University Press, pages 106 - 133. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746812.003.0006

• Davidson, L. and Kelly, D. (2015). ‘Intuition, Judgment, and the Space Between: A Reply to Sherman.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 4(11): 15 - 20.

• Kelly, D. (2015).‘David Foster Wallace as American Hedgehog'Freedom and the Self: Essays in the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace, Eds. S. Cahn and M. Eckert. New York: Columbia University Press, pages 109 - 132. DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0005

• Washington, N. and Kelly, D. (2014). ‘Should an Individual Composed of Selfish Goals be Held Responsible for her Actions?’ commentary on Julie Y. Huang and John A. Bargh "The Selfish Goal: Autonomously Operating Motivational Structures as Proxmiate Cause of Human Judgment and Behavior," Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2): 158 - 159.

• Kelly, D. (2014). ‘Selective Debunking Arguments, Folk Psychology, and Empirical Moral Psychology,’ Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology: Affect, Character, and Commitments, Eds. Wright, J.C. & Sarkissian, H. New York: Continuum Press, pages 130 - 147.

• Kelly, D., and Morar, N. (2014). ‘Against the Yuck Factor: On the Ideal Role of Disgust in Society', Utilitas, 26(2): 153 - 177. doi: 10.1017/S0953820813000290.

• Raymond, L., Weldon, S., Kelly, D., Arriaga, X. and Clark, A. (2013). ‘Making Change: Norms and Informal Institutions as Solutions to “Intractable” Global Problems', Political Research Quarterly, 67(1): 197 - 211. doi: 10.1177/1065912913510786.

• Bernstein, M. & Kelly, D. (2013). ‘Minding Animals,’ Perspectives in Bioethics, Science and Public Policy, Eds. J. Beever and N. Morar. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, pages 9 - 28.

• Kelly, D. (2013). ‘Implicit Bias and Social Cognition,’ The Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Social Science, Ed. B. Kaldis. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Vol 9: 460 - 462. doi:

• Kelly, D. (2013). ‘Moral Disgust and The Tribal Instincts Hypothesis,' Cooperation and Its Evolution, Eds. K. Sterelny, R. Joyce, Calcott, B, & B. Fraser. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pages 503 - 524.

• Kelly, D. (2012). Review of The Meaning of Disgust by Colin McGinn, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012.06.23. (~3500 words)

• Mallon, R. and Kelly, D. (2012). ‘Making Race Out of Nothing: Psychologically Constrained Social RolesThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science, Ed. H. Kincaid. New York: Oxford University Press, pages 507 - 529.

• Kelly, D. (2011). Yuck! The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

• Kelly, D., Faucher, L. and Machery, E. (2010). ‘Getting Rid of Racism: Assessing Three Proposals in Light of Psychological Evidence,' Journal of Social Philosophy, 41(3): 293 - 322. Reprinted (2015). ‘En finir avec le racisme: trois propositions Ó l’Úpreuve des faits psychologiques,” Race, racisme, discriminations. Anthologie de textes fondamentaun. Ed. M. Bessone and D. Sabbagh. Paris: Hermann. Pages 157 – 201. Translated into French by Marc Ruegger.

• Kelly, D., Machery, E. and Mallon, R. (2010).‘Race and Racial Cognition,The Moral Psychology Handbook, Eds. J. Doris et al. New York: Oxford University Press, pages 433 - 472.

• Machery, E., Faucher, L. and Kelly, D. (2010). ‘On The Alleged Inadequacies of Psychological Explanations of Racism, The Monist, 93(2): 228 - 255.

• Stich, S., Fessler, D. and Kelly, D. (2009). ‘On The Morality of Harm: A Response to Sousa, Holbrook and Piazza,' Cognition, 113(1): 93 - 97.

• Nado, J., Kelly, D. and Stich, S. (2009). ‘Moral Judgment,’The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Psychology, Eds. John Symons & Paco Calvo. New York: Routledge. Pages 621 - 633.

• Kelly, D. and Roedder, E. (2008). ‘Racial Cognition and The Ethics of Implicit Bias,’Philosophy Compass, 3/3, April 2008, pages 522 - 540. doi:10.1111/j.1747-9991.2008.00138.x

• Kelly, D, Mason, K. and Whitcomb, D. (2008). ‘Naturalization of Intentionality,’ Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Eds. M. Binder, N. Hirokawa and U. Windhorst. New York: Springer. (~1000 words)

• Kelly, D. and Stich, S. (2007). ‘Two Theories of the Cognitive Architecture Underlying Morality,’ The Innate Mind Vol 3.: Foundations and Future Horizons, Eds. Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence and Stephen Stich. New York: Oxford University Press. Pages 348-366. Reprinted (2011). 'Due Teorie Dell'Architettura Cognitiva Soggiacente La MoralitÓ,' Sistemi Intelligenti, Vol. XXIII (1): 163 - 185. Translated into Italian by M. Marraffa.

• Kelly, D., Stich, S., Fessler, D., Haley, K. and Eng, S. (2007). ‘Harm, Affect and the Moral / Conventional Distinction,’ Mind & Language, 22 (2): 117 - 131.

• Kelly, D., Machery, E., Mallon, R., Mason, K. and Stich, S. (2006). ‘The Role of Psychology in the Study of Culture,’ Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(4): 355.

• Machery, E., Kelly, D. and Stich, S. (2005). ‘Moral Realism and Cross-cultural Normative Diversity,’ Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(6): 830.

Works in Progress

• Of Whom Are We Agents? Social Identity, WEIRD Culture, and the Varieties of Individualism

• Different Selection Pressures Give Rise to Distinct Xenophobic Motivations [with Taylor Davis]


Beyond Academic Publishing 

• I was interviewed for an article entitled Disgust Is An Evolutionary Impulse, But Don't Let It Drive Your Politics published on Huffington Post: (October 31, 2018).

• I shared some thoughts on ethics and the human relationship to technology in this interview about Striking an ethical balance in AI published in the Purdue CLA's always good THINK Magazine: (Fall 2018).

• A short article on What Your Ability to Handle Pimple-Popping Videos Says About You published at New York Magazine's The Cut: (July 11, 2018).

• A Purdue press release on the connection betwen Halloween and 'safe' disgust, picked up by a couple of places, including The Daily Mail and a local TV station WLFI: (October 30, 2016).

• A short video on How the Feeling of Disgust Went From Life-Saving to Dangerous — Gut Check on the Eater youtube channel: (October 29, 2016).

• A short contribution to The Queen Mary Center for the History of Emotion's History of Philosophy Blog during their Disgust Week, on The Deep, Modern, and Extremely Recent Histories of Disgust: (August 30, 2016).

• An appearance on BBC's 'Health Check' and write up on the accompanying BBC Health Page titled "Disgust junkies: The craze for cyst bursting videos: (May 9, 2016).

• An appearance on NPR's always excellent Kojo Nnamdi Show about 's The Science Of Disgust: What The Food We Hate Says About Our Taste: (October 28, 2015).

A Many Splendored Thing, a short PR write up for the Purdue Philosophy Dept Newsletter describing the heterogenous collection of projects I was involved in over the last couple of years, together with a quick argument for the kind of pluralistic conception of philosophy that can hold them all: (Fall, 2015).

• Another write up on disgust and the weird attraction of gross out videos this one in Grand Junction, CO's The Daily Sentinel: (August 26, 2015).

• The health benefits of being disgusted in Yahoo Health: (May 28 26, 2015).

• I was honored to come under the Young Researcher Spotlight in a recent issue of Emotion Researcher, the Official Newsletter of the International Society for Research on Emotion: (March 18, 2015).

• Disgust and the weird attraction of gross out videos written up in  Cosmopolitan: (January 8, 2015).

• Polarizing food and disgust meet identity and group membership in Slate: (November 26, 2014).

• Some thoughts about disgust and the question of women with armpit hair written up in  New York Magazine: (June 26, 2014).

• A short article on the question: "Why do people feel disgusted by a bus-seat that has been left warm by the previous passenger?" written (in Finnish) for Helsingin Sanomat: (May 30, 2014).

• A write up of the book and its long genesis published in the alum section of the News & Events page at Illinois Wesleyan University, my alma mater: (April 9, 2013).

• A review of a couple recent books on the subject called The Delights of Disgust published in The Chronicle of Higher Education: (January 14, 2013).

• A collective review of a couple recent books on disgust published at RainTaxi.

• An article about the return of the medical use of leeches and maggots in Indianapolis hospitals that initially ran the Indianapolis Star: (November 4, 2012).

• Some words of caution about disgust based political campaign tacitics out of the Purdue Newsroom: (September 19, 2012).

• An write up of a study by Charmaine Borg and Peter J. de Jong on sexual arousal and disgust in women for which I was interviewed; it appeared in at The Huffington Post: (September 12, 2012).

• An article about Starbuck's use of cochineal extract - bugs, basically - in the pinkish dye it puts in its strawberry frappuccinos, smoothies and pastries; it appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald: (May 29, 2012).

• A show on disgust by the Danish radio program Eksistens (there's a link on the top of the page to the podcast of the show - which is also in Danish): (April 2, 2012).

• A short interview about Yuck! in The Exponent, Purdue's Independent Daily Newspaper: (February 1, 2012).

• A short interview about disgust on Midori House on Monocle Radio based in London: (aired January 26, 2012).

• A segment about insect eating and why we find it disgusting on This Way Up on Radio New Zealand: National (aired November 26, 2011).

• A review of Yuck!, alongside Colin McGinn's The Meaning of Disgust, by Thomas Nagel in The New York Review of Books (November 24, 2011, pg. 31-33).

• A blog for Psychology Today called Yuck: Disgust, human nature and morality beginning in September 2011.

• A segment about Yuck! on Mental Radio on KTHO in Lake Tahoe, CA (show #34, August 21, 2011).

• A short review of Yuck! by Simon Blackburn in the Times Higher Education (August 4, 2011, pg. 52).

• A short interview about the evolution and morality of disgust with Sean Moncrieff on Dublin's NewsTalk Radio (August 4, 2011).

• "Can we make ourselves be disgusted by something?" asked the people at Science + Religion Today (August 3, 2011).

The science behind disgust: an interview by Mandy Van Deven for Salon magazine (July 24, 2011).

Yuck! takes the Page 99 Test (July 20, 2011). As a bonus I also got to write about what I'd been reading recently on the Writers Read blog (July 24, 2011).

• A short interview I did about the evolution and morality of disgust for Life Matters, a show on ABC Public Radio in Australia (October 19, 2010).

'Ewwwwwwwww! The surprising moral force of disgust', an article by Drake Bennett in the Boston Globe for which I was interviewed (August 15th, 2010).

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