Sara Bernstein

Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Philosophy

Sara Bernstein

(574) 631-4011
202 Malloy Hall



Ph.D., University of Arizona

Research Interest


Curriculum Vitae

Sara Bernstein is Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Philosophy. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she was assistant professor at Duke University. She specializes in metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of causation, and on related topics in ethics and the law. She has additional interests in the metaphysics of time and time travel, and in the metaphysics of feminist theory.  She has held the Philip L. Quinn Fellowship at the National Humanities Center and the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professorship at Duke University. She has been a visitor at Arché at the University of St. Andrews, and is a frequent visitor at the Australian National University.

Representative Publications

  • (Forthcoming) “Could a Middle Level be the Most Fundamental?”, Philosophical Studies 

  • (Forthcoming) “Moral Luck and Deviant Causation”, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 

  • (Forthcoming) “David Lewis’ Theories of Causation and his Influence”, Cambridge History of Philosophy, ed. Kelly Michael Becker, Cambridge University Press

  • (2017) “Causal Proportions and Moral Responsibility”, Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, ed. David Shoemaker, Oxford University Press, 165-182

  • (2017) “Time Travel and the Movable Present”, Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from van Inwagen (ed. John Keller, Oxford University Press) pp. 80-94

  • (2016) “Grounding is not Causation”, Philosophical Perspectives 30:1 21-38

  • (2016) "Omission Impossible", Philosophical Studies 173:10 2575-2589