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About William Dunaway

Billy Dunaway received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013. He held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oxford for two years before joining the UMSL faculty in 2015. He works on various topics in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. These include the fundamentality of ethical facts; practical reasoning and vagueness in ethics; and the relationship between the grounds of ethical facts and what we can know about them. His papers have appeared in Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Perspectives, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Oxford Studies in Metaethics, among other places.


Present Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae



2017 - 2018 Knowing Reality
University of Missouri Research Board - UM Research Board Grant
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Pre-law Adviser, University of Missouri-St. Louis
2016 - 2017 Conference Organizer, Saint Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality (SLACRR)
2014 - 2014 Interviewer for Undergraduate Admissions, Sommerville College, University of Oxford
2009 - 2012 Research Assistant, David Manley
2010 - 2011 Editor, Philosopher's Annual
2007 - 2008 Philosophy Department Representative, Dean of Graduate Students' Committee, University of Southern California
2007 - 2008 Research Assistant, Scott Soames
2007 - 2007 Research Assistant, Jacob Ross
2007 - 2007 Research Assistant, Mark Schroeder
2006 - 2007 Secretary and Treasurer, Pegasus, University of Southern California Graduate Students' Committee
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Honors and Awards

  • Department One-term Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Fall 2012
  • Stevenson Prize, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter 2012
  • Departmental One-term Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter 2012 and Fall 2011
  • Weinberg Summer Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Summer 2011
  • Rackham One-term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter 2011
  • Departmental Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Fall 2009
  • International Conference Travel Award, USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Summer 2008
  • Merit Fellowship, University of Southern California, Fall 2006-Spring 2007


August 2013 PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor ‐ Philosophy
August 2006 - May 2009 University of Southern California ‐ School of Philosophy
June 2005 BA, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ‐ Department of Philosophy

Open Access Works (1)

Research Works (17)