Dr. M.R. (Mark) Alfano


My work in moral psychology encompasses subfields in both philosophy (ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind) and social science (social psychology, personality psychology). I am ecumenical about methods, having used modal logic, questionnaires, tests of implicit cognition, incentivizing techniques borrowed from behavioral economics, neuroimaging, textual interpretation (especially of Nietzsche), digital humanities techniques (text-mining, archive analysis, visualization), and of course good old-fashioned intuition-mongering. I have experience working with R and Tableau Public.    


I have published two monographs, two journal editions, two edited volumes, over twenty journal articles, and over twenty chapters in edited volumes. I am currently working on a grant-funded project to map the topology of social media networks in order to understand the ways in which they support or undermine reasonable public discourse about controversial topics.    

  • Alfano, M. (2017). The topology of communities of trust. Russian Sociological Review, 15(4): 30-56.
  • Alfano, M. (2016). Moral Psychology: An Introduction. Polity.
  • Alfano, M. (2013). Character as Moral Fiction. Cambridge University Press.
  • Alfano, M, Iurino, K., Stey, P., Robinson, B., Christen, M., Yu, F., & Lapsley, D. (forthcoming). Development and validation of a multi-dimensional measure of intellectual humility. PLoS ONE.
  • Alfano, M. (2015). Placebo effects and informed consent. American Journal of Bioethics, 15(10): 3-12.
  • Robinson, B., Stey, P. & Alfano, M. (2015). Reversing the side-effect effect: The power of salient norms. Philosophical Studies, 172(1): 177-206.
  • Koralus, P. & Alfano, M. (2017). Reasons-based moral judgment and the erotetic theory. In J.-F. Bonnefon & B. Trémolière (eds.), Moral Inferences. 77-106. Routledge.
  • Alfano, M. & Skorburg, A. (2017). Extended knowledge, the recognition heuristic, and epistemic injustice. In D. Pritchard, J. Kallestrup, O. Palermos, & J. A. Carter (eds.), Extended Knowledge. Oxford University Press.

Mark Alfano

Associate Professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

Nathalie van den Heuvel 

Research interests:

Design for values
Management of responsible innovation

Moral Psychology

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