Heinrik Hellwig

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University Hall 5030
(205) 934-4805

Pronouns: he/him

Research and Teaching Interests: Philosophy of law, ethics, applied philosophy

Office Hours: 11:30-1:30, Tuesdays and Thursdays (in-person & Zoom); by appointment


  • BA, John Carroll University, Philosophy, Economics
  • MA, Texas A&M University, Philosophy
  • PhD, University of California, Riverside, Philosophy

I am a first-generation college graduate. I grew up and attended college in Cleveland, Ohio. I was introduced to philosophy like many undergraduates: my institution required that I take a philosophy course. But I am so glad that this happened! Doing philosophy helps us understand ourselves and others by challenging us to examine our reasons for believing and valuing what we do. By challenging us to think and communicate clearly about the strength of our reasons, philosophy offers us something that is crucially important for solving real-world problems and helping people and institutions flourish both civically and professionally. Consequently, I believe that philosophy has a lot to offer to people from all backgrounds.

I joined the faculty at UAB in August 2020. Over the past nine years I have created and taught a wide range of courses—from introductory courses in philosophy and ethics, to upper-division courses in aesthetics and contemporary moral theory, to pre-law. My primary research area is philosophy of law (the branch of philosophy which deals with problems internal to law and legal systems as such). If you take my philosophy of law class, you will learn a lot about law as well! Before coming to UAB, I taught at the University of California-Riverside, California State University-San Bernardino, Pomona College, and my alma mater, John Carroll University. My classes are usually organized around drawing connections between ideas, and why it matters for identifying what counts as a good reason. My teaching work has given rise to other research projects in applied ethics—such as the ethics of capitalism, and the acceptability of parenting according to moral theories.

In my free time I enjoy nature walking, listening to music, reading, and spending time with my Min Pin, Gus.

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