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Sarah Stroud

 

Associate Professor

Office: Leacock 942
Office hours: Mon 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Tel: 514-398-3250
Email: sarah [dot] stroud [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Prof. Stroud is currently serving as Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations).  She remains available for graduate and undergraduate supervision in the Department.

Academic appointments

Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), McGill University, 2012-
Associate Professor of Philosophy, McGill University, 1999-
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, McGill University, 1993-99
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, MIT, 1995-96

Education

Princeton University, PhD in Philosophy, 1994
Harvard University, AB magna cum laude in Philosophy, 1988

Research interests

I work mainly in contemporary analytic moral philosophy.  My research interests range widely across this terrain but centre on foundational issues in moral psychology and moral theory and on the intersection of such issues with metaethics and with the philosophy of action.  One main theme of my current research is partiality in moral psychology and moral theory.  I also have a longstanding research interest in practical irrationality in all its forms.

Selected publications

“Unsettling Subjectivism About Value,” in Jason Bridges, Niko Kolodny, and Wai-hung Wong,eds., The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 249-270

“Acts of Will,” critical study of Richard Holton, Willing, Wanting, Waiting, The Philosophical Quarterly 61 (2011), pp. 851-855

“Permissible Partiality, Projects, and Plural Agency,” in Brian Feltham and John Cottingham, eds., Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships and the Wider World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 131-149

“Is Procrastination Weakness of Will?”, in Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White, eds., The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 51-67

“Weakness of Will,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, plato.stanford.edu/entries/weaknesswill, published May 2008 (c. 10,000 words)

« La partialité par les projets », Les ateliers de l’éthique 3 (2008), pp. 41-51 (special issue guest edited by Christine Tappolet, Amitiés et partialité en éthique/Friendships and partiality in ethics)

“Moral Worth and Rationality as Acting on Good Reasons,” Philosophical Studies 134 (2007), pp. 449-456

“Epistemic Partiality in Friendship,” Ethics 116 (2006), pp. 498-524

Sarah Stroud and Christine Tappolet, eds., Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003 (paperback edition 2007). x, 317 pp. [a collection of eleven new essays plus introduction] www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-925736-1

Sarah Stroud and Christine Tappolet, “Introduction,” in Stroud and Tappolet 2003, pp. 1-16

“Weakness of Will and Practical Judgement,” in Stroud and Tappolet 2003, pp. 121-146

« À la recherche de la source des normes déontologiques », Philosophiques 28 (2001), pp. 151-171

“Moral Commitment and Moral Theory,” Journal of Philosophical Research XXVI (2001), pp. 381-398

“The Aim of Affirmative Action,” Social Theory and Practice 25 (1999), pp. 385-408

« Déontologisme et droits », Philosophiques 26 (1999), pp. 139-148

“Moral Overridingness and Moral Theory,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (1998), pp. 170-189

“Moral Relativism and Quasi-Absolutism,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LVIII (1998), pp. 189-194

“Dworkin and Casey on Abortion,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 25 (1996), pp. 140-170

Forthcoming publications

Hugh LaFollette (Editor-in-Chief), John Deigh (Associate Editor), Sarah Stroud (Associate Editor), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, in press at Wiley-Blackwell.  This nine-volume work of approximately four million words will be published both in print and online in February 2013.  “Unmatched in scholarship and scope, The International Encyclopedia of Ethics is the definitive single-source reference work on Ethics for students, scholars, and professionals” (publisher’s page, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/ 9781444367072). I was the editor responsible for all entries in metaethics.

“Davidson on Irrationality,” to appear in Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, eds., A Companion to Donald Davidson, forthcoming 2013 from Wiley-Blackwell.

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me:  Restricting the Reach of Morality’s Demands,” to appear in Mark Timmons, ed., Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 3 (2012).  (Volume currently being refereed by OUP.)

Editorial positions

Since 2008 I have been one of twelve Executive Editors of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, a refereed journal classified as International 1 (the highest category) in the European Science Foundation’s European Reference Index for Humanities.  I am Responsible Editor for about 25 submissions per year.

Participation in research teams

2009-2011:  member of the FQRSC-funded Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur la normativité (GRIN), led by Prof. Christine Tappolet of Université de Montréal.  Topic:  La nature de la normativité : une approche transversale

2006-2008: member of an FQRSC-funded team led by Prof. Christian Nadeau of Université de Montréal. Topic: Conséquentialisme, déontologie et institutions sociales. Histoire, aspects normatifs et éthique publique

2001-2004: member of an FQRSC-funded team grant with Profs. Fabienne Pironet and Christine Tappolet of Université de Montréal. Topic: La nature de la délibération : un débat entre philosophes médiévaux et contemporains

1998-2001: member of an FCAR-funded team with Profs. Fabienne Pironet and Christine Tappolet of Université de Montréal. Topic: L'acrasie (faiblesse de la volonté) est-elle possible? Un débat entre philosophes médiévaux et contemporains

Teaching 12-13

PHIL 230, Introduction to Moral Philosophy, fall 2012

Teaching 11-12

PHIL 230, Introduction to Moral Philosophy, fall 2011

PHIL 434, Ethics II, fall 2011 (topic:  metaethics)

PHIL 534, Seminar: Ethics, winter 2012 (topic:  moral expertise)

PHIL 237, Contemporary Moral Issues, winter 2012

Teaching 10-11

PHIL 230, Introduction to Moral Philosophy, fall 2010

PHIL 534, Seminar: Ethics, fall 2010 (topic:  moral demandingness)

PHIL 334, Ethical Theory, winter 2011