William Hasselberger

Assistant Professor

William Hasselberger is a Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of Portugal and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.  He received his Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Virginia in 2012, after which he held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

William's current research concerns philosophical anthropology, or the philosophy of human nature, moral character and agency, as understood by both Classical and modern thinkers.  He is currently researching the nature of the ethical and civic virtues: character traits such as justice, courage, moderation, and wisdom. In particular, he is studying the relation of virtues to tacit practical knowledge and skill (forms of knowledge that cannot be 'told' or codified in systematic theories or propositions), how shared traditions of skillful practice enable the formation and transmission of virtues, and the role that virtues play in human well-being and the good life.  Related to this, William is concerned with identifying and contesting contemporary practices and styles of thinking that stifle the development of ethical virtues and that impede the sculpting of fulfilling and meaningful human lives and well-ordered human communities.

William's work has appeared in journals such as The European Journal of Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, Philosophy, The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Utilitas, and The Hedgehog Review.  He now lives in Lisbon, Portugal, and also speaks fluent Portuguese.


Laboratory Happiness or Human Flourishing: The Empirical Science of Wellbeing in Phenomenological Perspective

William Hasselberger (with William Hasselberger). 2021. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Ethics beyond computation: Why we can't (and shouldn't) replace human moral judgment with algorithms

William Hasselberger (with Hasselberger, W.). 2019. Social Research

Propositional Attitudes and Embodied Skills in the Philosophy of Action

William Hasselberger (with Hasselberger, W.). 2018. European Journal of Philosophy

Knowing More Than We Can Tell: Ethical Virtue, Perception, and Practical Skill

William Hasselberger 2017. Social Theory and Practice

Paul Bloomfield, The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. vii + 232.

William Hasselberger (with WILLIAM HASSELBERGER). 2015. Utilitas

Review of Paul Bloomfield’s The Virtues of Happiness

William Hasselberger 2015. Utilitas

Review of Timm Triplett’s Morality’s Critics and Defenders

William Hasselberger 2015. Teaching Philosophy

Human Agency, Reasons, and Inter-Subjective Understanding

William Hasselberger (with Hasselberger, W.). 2014. Philosophy

Human Agency, Reasons, and Inter-subjective Understanding

William Hasselberger (with William Hasselberger). 2013. Philosophy

Agency, autonomy, and social intelligibility

William Hasselberger (with Hasselberger, W.). 2012. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly

Human Agency and the Ethics of Meaningful Work

William Hasselberger 2012. The Hedgehog Review

Review of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

William Hasselberger 2011. The Hedgehog Review