Darren K. Domsky

Associate Professor
Department of Liberal Studies, Philosophy

E-mail: domskydattamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4827
Fax: +1 (409) 740.4962

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 214



Get To Know Darren K. Domsky

Areas Of Specialization

Ethics (Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, and Meta-Ethics), Environmental Ethics

Areas Of Competence

Bioethics, Experimental Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Social Psychology, and Logic

Ph.D. Philosophy, York University, 2006
Philosophy, University of Alberta, 1998
B.A. Philosophy (Honors), University of Alberta, 1996
Courses Taught

Ethical Theory
Introduction to Logic
Contemporary Moral Issues
Advanced Directed Readings in Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
The Meaning of Life



Heather Lench, Darren Domsky, Rachel Smallman, and Kathleen Darbor, “Beliefs in Moral Luck: When and Why Blame Hinges on Luck,” British Journal of Psychology 106 (2), (2015): 272-87.

No Such Luck,” The Philosophers Magazine 55 (4), (2011): 82-86.

Why Callicott’s Ecological Communitarianism Is Not Holistic,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 42 (3), (2008): 389-96.

“Aldo Leopold,” in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, eds. J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman, MacMillan, 2008.

The Inadequacy of Ecological Communitarianism,” Environmental Ethics 28 (4), (2006): 395-412.

  • Reprinted in The Ethics of the Environment (The International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics), ed. Robin Attfield, Ashgate, 2008.

Tossing the Rotten Thing Out: Eliminating Bad Reasons not to Solve the Problem of Moral Luck,” Philosophy 80 (4), (2005): 531-41.

There Is No Door: Finally Solving the Problem of Moral Luck,” The Journal of Philosophy 101 (9), (2004): 445-64.

Keeping a Place for Meta-Ethics: Assessing Elliot’s Dismissal of the Subjectivism/Objectivism Debate in Environmental Ethics,” Metaphilosophy 35 (5), (2004): 675-94.

Evaluating Callicott’s Attack on Stone’s Moral Pluralism,” Environmental Values 10 (3), (2001): 395-415.

Dreaming with Descartes,” Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts 2 (2), (2001) [journal online], [Link]

"McGinn's Theory of Consciousness, and Searle's Indignant Response," Gnosis 5 (1), (2001) [journal online], [Link]


Invited Paper Presentations

Seeing Past, and Through, the Stability and Narrative Approaches to Interference

  • Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Apr 30th, 2007.
  • Department of Philosophy, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, Feb 16th, 2006.

Thinking about ‘Thinking Ecologically,’” part of a symposium on Bruce Morito’s Thinking Ecologically, Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, Toronto, Ontario, May 29th-Jun 1st, 2006.

Killing and Letting Die,” Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Jan 13th, 2005.

The Counter-Factual Argument for Biocentrism: a Powerful Breed, but a Lame Horse,” Auburn Philosophical Society, Auburn University, Alabama, Dec 3d, 2004.

Our Greatest Champions, or our Greatest Hindrances?  Understanding the Unwitting Disservice that Crisis Averters Have Done to Non-Anthropocentric Environmental Philosophy,” The International Society for Environmental Ethics and The International Association for Environmental Philosophy, 1st Joint Meeting on Environmental Philosophy, Allenspark, Colorado, Jun 1st-4th, 2004.

Awards & Recognition

Teaching Awards

2015: Crystal Apple Teaching Award by the Dean’s Roundtable, Texas A&M University in College Station.

2013: Named a S.A.L.T. Camp Namesake, Texas A&M University at Galveston

2007: Awarded the University of Calgary Students Union Honourable Mention Teaching Award for the Faculty of the Humanities.  Each year, two UCSU Teaching Awards (one first place, and one honourable mention) are awarded per faculty.  The awards are entirely student nominated, selected, and awarded.

2006: Nominated for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Faculty of the Year Award.  This is the only nationwide collegiate faculty award (in the USA) that is entirely student nominated.

University Service

Spring 2014: Member of the Department Steering Committee, General Academics, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Fall 2014: Member of the Department Renaming Committee, General Academics, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Fall 2011: Member of the Student Evaluations Committee, General Academics, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Professional Appointments

Professional Memberships

Canadian Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Association

Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (In 2007, a Conference Co-Chair)

International Society for Environmental Ethics

Ethics Consultation

2009 - 2011: Institutional Ethics Committee Member, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

2006 - 2007: Bioethics Committee Member, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Health Region, Calgary, Alberta.

2003 - 2004: Intern, Bioethics Consultant and Bioethics Committee Member, Hamilton Health Sciences, in conjunction with McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.  This was a full year internship.