Julia Nefsky

Portrait of Julia Nefsky
Associate Professor
Telephone number
Building MW 364
on sabbatical


  • BA, Mathematics and Philosophy, McMaster University
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Interests

Teaching in 2022-23

on sabbatical

Research Interests

Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Practical Reason, Social and Political Philosophy


"Consumer Choice and Collective Impact"The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, Ed. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson and Tyler Doggett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018): 267-286.

“How You Can Help, Without Making a Difference”. Philosophical Studies, First Online November 28, 2016, DOI 10.1007/s11098-016-0808-y

“Fairness, Participation and the Real Problem of Collective Harm”, Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Volume 5. Ed. Mark Timmons. Oxford University Press.

“Consequentialism and the Problem of Collective Harm: A Reply to Kagan”. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 39 (2011): 364–395

“Collective Harm and the Inefficacy Problem”, Philosophy Compass, Volume 14(4), April 2019, DOI: 10.1111/phc3.12587

Forthcoming Publications

“Extended Agency and the Problem of Diachronic Autonomy”, co-written with Sergio Tenenbaum, forthcoming in Time in Action: the Temporal Structure of Rational Agency and Practical Thought. Ed. Carla Bagnoli. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

“Climate Change and Individual Obligations: A Dilemma for the Expected Utility Approach, and the Need for an Imperfect View”, forthcoming in Philosophy and Climate Change, ed. M. Budolfson, T. McPherson, and D. Plunkett, Oxford University Press.