February 10, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Event Type: Faculty Seminars
Sponsored By: Murphy Institute , Center for Ethics and Public Affairs
Tamar Schapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at MIT. Her research focuses on questions of human agency and the philosophy of action. Her primary interests are in ethical theory, history of ethics, practical reasoning and human agency. Her early articles, published in Ethics, Noûs, and The Journal of Philosophy, focus on the moral status of children and the more general problem of how to make principled exceptions to moral rules. More recently she has published a series of articles on motivation, which focus on the underexplored concept of an inclination, conceived as a type of motive that contrasts with the motive of duty or obligation. She is currently working on a book on this topic, tentatively titled, “Inclination and the Will: Kantian Conception of Passion and its Role in Action.” A recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1997.