Honors Program in the Humanities — Legal Studies — Philosophy
Manuel  Vargas

Manuel Vargas

Professor of Philosophy and Law

Manuel Vargas is Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of San Francisco.

His principal research interests include moral agency, philosophical issues in the law, and Latin American philosophy. He is the author of Building Better Beings: A Theory of Moral Responsibility (Oxford, 2013). With John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, and Derk Pereboom, he co-authored Four Views on Free Will (Blackwell, 2007). With Gideon Yaffe, he is co-editor of Rational and Social Agency: Essays on the Philosophy of Michael Bratman (Oxford, forthcoming).

Vargas was a recipient of the first American Philosophical Association Prize in Latin American Thought, and his research on responsible agency has been recognized with year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the Stanford Humanities Center. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University, and has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology.

Vargas was awarded USF's 2012 Distinguished Research Award, a university-wide award given annually to a single faculty member in the university for outstanding research accomplishment. In its inaugural year, he also received USF's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award, for "exceptional scholarly work of great academic value and impact."He has also twice held USF's annual NEH Chair in the Humanities, (2005-6, 2013-2014), been awarded a Davies Professorship (2012), and was a winner (with Saera Khan, psychology) of the Provost Office's Faculty Team Innovation Award 2011.

At the University of San Francisco, Vargas has taught courses for the philosophy and psychology departments, the program in Latin American Studies and the Honors Program in the Humanities, the St. Ignatius Institute, and the School of Law.


Stanford University, Joint-Ph.D., Philosophy and Humanities

Research Areas

Moral Psychology & Agency
Philosophy of Law
Latin American Philosophy