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The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck

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Academic literature has recently seen a surge of interdisciplinary interest in luck. From the problem of moral luck, to anti-luck epistemology, to the relationship between luck attributions and cognitive biases, to meta-questions regarding the nature of luck itself, ethicists, epistemologists, and psychologists are investing significant time and energy on theoretical and empirical questions surrounding luck. This Handbook, forthcoming with Routledge, aims to bring together this interdisciplinary body of research into a single volume that will serve as both a touchstone for understanding the relevant issues and a first port of call for future philosophical and psychological research on luck.


The volume will be broadly broken down into six parts: (i) The History of Luck and Its Importance, (ii) The Nature of Luck; (iii) Moral Luck; (iv) Epistemic Luck; (v) The Psychology and Cognitive Science of Luck; and (vi) Areas of Future Research. 

Topics and Contributors


  • Ian Church & Robert Hartman - Luck: An Introduction 

Part 1: The History of Luck

  • Nafsika Athanassoulis - Aristotle on Constitutive, Developmental, and Resultant Moral Luck

  • Sarah Broadie - Aristotle on Luck, Happiness, and Solon’s Dictum

  • René Brouwer -  The Stoics on Luck

  • Jeffrey Hause - Thomas Aquinas on Moral Luck

  • Kate Moran -  Immanuel Kant on Moral Luck

  • Craig Smith - Adam Smith on Moral Luck and the Invisible Hand

  • Piers Norris Turner - John Stuart Mill on Luck and Distributive Justice

  • Dani Rabinowitz - History of Luck in Epistemology

  • Andrew Latus - Thomas Nagel and Bernard Williams on Moral Luck


Part 2: The Nature of Luck

  • Duncan Pritchard -  Modal Accounts of Luck

  • Wayne Riggs -  The Lack of Control Account of Luck

  • Nicholas Rescher - The Probability Account of Luck

  • Rick Peels - The Mixed Account of Luck

  • Nathan Ballantyne & Samuel Kampa - Luck and Significance

  • Fernando Broncano-Berrocal - Luck as Risk

  • Rachel Mckinnon - Luck and Norms

Part 3: Moral Luck

  • Daniel Statman - The Definition of ‘Luck’ and the Problem of Moral Luck

  • Carolina Sartorio - Kinds of Moral Luck

  • Michael J. Zimmerman - Denying Moral Luck

  • Robert J. Hartman - Accepting Moral Luck

  • Laura W. Ekstrom -  Luck and Libertarianism

  • Mirja Pérez de Calleja - Luck and Compatibilism

Part 4: Epistemic Luck

  • Ian M. Church -  The Gettier Problem

  • Benjamin Jarvis - The Problem of Environmental Luck

  • Tim Black - Anti-Luck Epistemology

  • Stephen Hetherington - The Luck/Knowledge Incompatibility Thesis

  • John Greco - Luck and Skepticism

  • J. Adam Carter - Epistemic Luck and the Extended Mind

Part 5: The Psychology and Cognitive Science of Luck

  • Steven Hales & Jennifer Johnson -  Cognitive Biases and Dispositions in Luck Attributions

  • Karl H. Teigen - Luck and Risk

  • Sabine Roeser - Emotional Responses to Luck, Risk, and Uncertainty

  • Anastasia Ejova - The Illusion of Control

  • Matthew Smith & Piers Worth - Positive Psychology and Luck Experiences

Part 6: Areas of Future Research

  • J. D. Trout - Luck in Science

  • Joe Milburn & Edouard Machery -  The Philosophy of Luck and Experimental Philosophy

  • Ori J. Herstein - Legal Luck

  • Carolyn McLeod & Jody Tomchishen -  Feminist Approaches to Moral Luck

  • Guy Axtell -  The New Problem of Religious Luck

  • Jordan Westling - Theology and Luck

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