Steven D. Hales

I am Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I earned a Ph.D. from Brown University. In 2021 I will be a visiting professor at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge (postponed a year because of COVID-19). I am also the series editor for Wiley-Blackwell’s This is Philosophy book series. I like bookbinding, woodworking, tennis, cycling, jazz, and craft beer.

My Work


I have published a bunch of books. Click the “Books” button at the top to see them. Hot off the press is The Myth of Luck: Philosophy, Fate, and Fortune (Bloomsbury). Forthcoming is the 2nd edition of This is Philosophy: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell).

Research articles

I’ve published several dozen scholarly papers on topics like luck, relativism, Nietzsche, intuition, perdurance, and audiophilia. Click the “Research Articles” button at the top to see them.

Popular articles

If you want to see some essays I’ve written for a broader audience in venues like Aeon, Quillette, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, just click the “Popular Articles” button at the top.

Other Interests


I do traditional hand bookbinding and restoration of paper, mostly on antiquarian books. Click the “Hobbies” button at the top to see some my work.


I dabble a bit in fine woodworking. Click the “Hobbies” button at the top to see some of the things I’ve done.


Get in Touch

Department of Philosophy
400 E. 2nd Street
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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