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Sandra Shapshay

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EDUCATION Columbia University, Ph.D. Department of Philosophy (May, 2001).

Columbia University, M.Phil. in Philosophy, with qualifying exams in Logic, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Language (May, 1995).

Columbia University, M.A. in Philosophy (February, 1994).

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. with Honors in European Intellectual History (June, 1992).

Columbia University Reid Hall Programs in Paris. Advanced Program with Honors for the mémoire “Diderot, une morale matérialiste.” (Spring-Fall 1990).


Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy (July, 2014present).

Director, Program in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE), Indiana University, Bloomington, starting Jan 1, 2016 (4-year term).

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies (2008Indiana University Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis, IN. Affiliate Faculty, Spring 2005-present.

Portland State University, Portland, OR. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (2001- 2002).

AOS: 19th c. Philosophy, Aesthetics AOC: Ethics, Practical Ethics


19th c. and aesthetics-related


“Compassion or Resignation, that is the Question of Schopenhauer’s Ethical Thought” co-authored with Tristan Ferrell. Invited paper for a special issue on Schopenhauer in the journal Enrahonar, published at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (forthcoming July 2015).

“Schopenhauer’s reception of Kant” invited contribution to the Bloomsbury Companion to Kant, 2nd edition. Ed. Dennis Schulting (London: Continuum Press, 2015).

“Contemporary Cinematic Tragedy and the ‘Silver Lining Genre’” co-authored with Steven Wagschal, British Journal of Aesthetics, 54.2, April 2014, pp. 161-174.

“Schopenhauer on the Symbiotic Relationship between the Expressive Arts and Philosophy” Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch, 2015.

“Schopenhauer on the sublime and tragedy” invited contribution for the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition, ed. Michael Kelly, OUP (2014).

“Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime” British Journal of Aesthetics 53:2, April 2013, pp. 181-198.

“The Problem and the Promise of the Sublime” in Suffering Art Gladly ed. Jerrold Levinson (PalgraveMacmillan, 2013).

“Moral and Aesthetic Freedom in Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics” co-authored with Alex Neill, International Yearbook of German Idealism/Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus, ed.

Jürgen Stolzenberg & Fred Rush, May 2013, pp. 245-264.

“Schopenhauer’s Transformation of the Kantian Sublime” Kantian Review 17:3, special issue on Kant and Schopenhauer, ed. Richard Aquila, 2012, pp. 479-511.

“The Problem with the Problem of Tragedy: Schopenhauer’s Solution Revisited” British Journal of Aesthetics 52: 2012, pp. 17-32.

“Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/schopenhauer-aesthetics/ (downloaded more than 25,000 times since it went on line May 9, 2012).

“Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art,” Philosophy Compass 7:1, 2012, pp. 11-22.

“Schopenhauer and the ‘Neglected Alternative’ Objection” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 93: 3, 2011, pp. 321–348.

“Schopenhauer and the Trendelenburg Objection” Proceedings from the 11th International Kant Congress. 5 volumes. Eds. Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca, Margit Ruffing (De Gruyter, 2014).

“Poetic Intuition and the Bounds of Sense: Metaphor and Metonymy in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy” European Journal of Philosophy 16 (2), special issue on Schopenhauer, ed. Christopher Janaway and Alex Neill, August 2008, pp. 211-229.

[Reprinted in Christopher Janaway & Alex Neill eds. Better Consciousness: Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Value (London: Blackwell, 2009)].

“Subtle Scripture for an Invisible Church: The Moral Importance of the Beautiful in Kant” The Paideia Project of the World Congress of Philosophy. http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Aest/AestShap.htm,

2000. The conference paper was refereed for inclusion on the program, but the papers for the proceedings were not peer-reviewed.

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Degrees of Inherent Value: Schopenhauer’s Ethical Thought Received grant from the Indiana Univeristy College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) for a research leave for this book project, Fall 2012; invited to submit proposal to Oxford University Press.

Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology 2nd edition, edited by Steven Cahn, Aaron Meskin, and Sandra Shapshay, Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming 2016).

The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook, ed. Sandra Shapshay, in the Palgrave Handbooks on German Idealism Series, series editor, Matthew Altman (in progress)

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“Schopenhauer, the Ideas and Darwin” “Freedom and reason in Schopenhauer’s Fourfold Root” [invited contribution to an edited collection on Schopenhauer’s Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason ed. Jonathan Head (Keele) & Dennis Vanden Auweele (Leuven)--proposal to be submitted to Cambridge University Press]


BOOKS Bioethics at the Movies, Editor and contributor (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) 380 pages.

Chapters in the above volume which I authored or co-authored:

 Introduction, pp. 1-12.

 “Lifting the Genetic Veil of Ignorance: Is there Anything Really Unjust about Gattacan Society?” pp. 87-101.

 “‘He Just Got Old’: Aging and Compassionate Care Viewed through the Narrative of ‘Dad’” coauthored with Bradley Fisher, pp. 205-224.

ARTICLES “Procreative Liberty, Enhancement and Commodification in the Human Cloning Debate” Health Care Analysis 20 (4), 2012, pp. 356-366.

“Children’s Rights and Children’s Health” Journal of Social Philosophy Vol. 39 No. 4, Winter 2008, pp.


“Biomedical Research is an Imperfect Moral Duty: A Response to John Harris” co-authored with Kenneth Pimple, Journal of Medical Ethics, July 2007; 33: 414-417.

“Compassion, A Double-Edged Scalpel” APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, vol. 06, no. 1, pp.

18-21, Fall 2006. Invited contribution, papers were presented at a special APA panel on Philosophy and Medicine.

“The Human Being in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: An Argument Against Human Cloning” in Ethical Issues for the 21st Century ed. Frederick Adams, special issue of the Journal of Philosophical Research, 2005. pp. 119-133. Papers were refereed for inclusion on the conference program, but not peer-reviewed for inclusion in the special issue.


“The Advantages and Disadvantages of Popular Film for Bioethical Reflection” in Popular Culture and Biomedicine: Knowledge in the life sciences as cultural artifacts, eds. German Alfonso Nunez, Arno Görgen, and Heiner Fangerau (Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, forthcoming) REVIEWS 19th c. and aesthetics-related Emily Brady, The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature, Cambridge, 2013 for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 2014. [http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/45825-the-sublime-inmodern-philosophy-aesthetics-ethics-and-nature/] Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation volume I, edited & translated by Judith Norman, Alistair Welchman, and Christopher Janaway for the Cambridge UP edition of Schopenhauer’s collected works, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011. [http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/25451-the-worldas-will-and-representation-volume-1/] The Philosophy of Schopenhauer, by Dale Jacquette & Schopenhauer, by Robert Wicks.

Mind vol. 120: 7, 2010.

Contemplating Art (Oxford, 2006) by Jerrold Levinson, Philosophical Books, 49(1), 89-93, 5 p., Fall 2008.

Bioethics-related Invited Ethics and the Humanities columnist, “Whose Sister’s Keeper?” film review of Nick Cassevetes’ “My Sister’s Keeper” (2009) Lahey Clinic Journal of Medical Ethics 16 (3) 2009, p. 5.


Invited speaker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 49th Annual Colloquium, Oct. 2-4, 2015.

Invited commentator on Byron Simmons (Syracuse Univ) "The Compensation Argument for Schopenhauer's Pessimism" American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division. Vancouver, Canada, April 1-5, 2015.

Invited speaker, the Helix Center Roundtable on “the sublime experience”. NYC, Feb. 6, 2015.

http://www.helixcenter.org/roundtables/the-sublime-experience/ Invited speaker, Religious Studies Department IUB workshop on Ethics and Public Policy. Presenting “Schopenhauer on the Moral Considerability of Animals” December 12, 2014.

Invited speaker, “Schopenhauer on the Moral Considerability of Animals,” NYU 11th Annual Conference on Modern Philosophy, topic: Animals. November 21-22, 2014.

Invited speaker, Workshop on Kant and Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics and Ethics. University of St. Andrews, Scotland. June 13, 2014.

Invited speaker, Brackenridge Workshop on the philosophy of Schopenhauer, University of Texas at San Antonio, Nov. 6-7, 2013.

Invited speaker at the international symposium on “Art, Social Justice, and Critical Theory” Kalamazoo College, Michigan, May 16-18, 2013.

Refereed paper, “Compassion or Resignation: the Role of the Ideas in Schopenhauer’s Pessimism,” coauthored with Alex Neill, International conference on Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy of love and compassion, and its contemporary relevance, Ghent University, Belgium, Oct. 17-18, 2013.

Invited Commentator on Brad Elicker’s “Herder on Aristotle’s Poetics”, American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013.

“Schopenhauer, the Ideas and Darwin” presented at the APA Central Division Meeting, Schopenhauer Society panel, New Orleans, Feb. 2013.

“Narratives and the Project of Moral Self-Knowledge” presented at the symposium “Why are Narratives So Moral?” organized by Fritz Breithaupt, Dept. of Germanic Studies and sponsored by CAHI, Indiana University, Nov. 3, 2012.

Presented “The Role of Transcendental Freedom in Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics” co-authored with Alex Neill, American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, October 24-28, 2012.

Invited plenary speaker, “Student Recognition Day,” Department of Philosophy, Ball State University.

April 20, 2012. Presented “The Philosophy of Tragedy”.

Presented “Schopenhauer’s Methods in Aesthetics, a Case Study” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, Feb. 16-19, 2012.

Presented “The Environmental Sublime: Carlson, Carroll and Kant?” American Society for Aesthetics annual meeting. Tampa, Florida, October 26-29, 2011.

Invited critic for an author-meets-critics session on Jane Kneller’s Kant and the Power of Imagination. 1st Biannual Conference of the North American Kant Society, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, June 2-4, 2011. This was a two-hour session in which the critics—Karl Ameriks and I--each presented for approximately 20 minutes, and Jane Kneller responded for 30 minutes, followed by discussion.

“Methodology in Aesthetics: Schopenhauer as Case Study” presented at the Symposium, “Methods in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art” Indiana University, May 12-15th.

Invited speaker, Schopenhauer Gesellschaft, International Schopenhauer Symposium, Frankfurt, Germany, September 2010. Presented “Schopenhauer’s Transformation of the Kantian Sublime.” Refereed paper: “Schopenhauer and the ‘Neglected Alternative’ Objection,” 11th International Kant Congress, Pisa, Italy. May 22-24, 2010.

Invited Roundtable participant, “November 9, 1989 or Does Europe Have a Birthday?” Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies and the Institute of German Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Nov. 4, 2009.

Refereed paper: “Schopenhauer and the Problem of Tragedy,” APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL. February 19, 2009.

“Schopenhauer and the Problem of Tragedy” (earlier version of APA Central Paper) at the symposium “Genres, Concepts and Categories in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art”, Indiana University, May 2008.

Invited plenary speaker at the NIH-funded workshop “Teaching Research Ethics,” Indiana University, May 13-15, 2008.

Invited commentator on Rebecca Dresser’s “Stem Cell Research: The Diversity of Ethical Views,” Center on Law, Society, and Culture, Indiana University School of Law, March 27, 2008.

Invited speaker, the Poynter Center Health Care Ethics Seminar, November 15, 2007.

Invited speaker at the International Schopenhauer Symposium, University of Southampton, UK.

Presented the paper “Schopenhauer’s Metonymic Aesthetic.” July 9-11, 2007.

Invited speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Philosophy colloquia series.

Presented the paper “Procreative Liberty and Commodification in the Human Cloning Debate,” February 8, 2007.

Invited speaker for the APA Committee on Philosophy and Medicine’s panel “The Role of Compassion in Medicine,” APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 26-29, 2006. Presented the paper, “Compassion, A Double-edged Scalpel.” Commentary on Alex Neill’s “Schopenhauer and the Possibility of Aesthetic Experience,” American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, October 19-22, 2005.

Commentary on Mary Coleman’s “Public Reasons and Practical Solipsism,” Colloquium on Practical Reason, APA Pacific Division Meeting, Pasadena CA, March 25-28, 2004.


Invited participant, Kant Reading Party, University of St. Andrews, July 29-August 1st, 2013.

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