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Sarah Stroud

Associate Professor

Office: Leacock 942
Tel: 514-398-3250
Email: sarah [dot] stroud [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Prof. Stroud is on sabbatical in 2015-16.

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.  Current and/or longstanding research interests include:

  • lying and testimony
  • practical irrationality
  • moral demandingness and overridingness
  • the ethics of belief
  • the moral significance of personal relationships
  • the rights and duties of parents and children
  • practical knowledge and expertise

Academic appointments

Associate Professor of Philosophy, McGill University, 1999-
Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), McGill University, 2012-2015
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

Selected publications

“Egalitarian Family Values?”, forthcoming in Law, Ethics, and Philosophy (6,000 words)

review of Samuel Scheffler, Death and the Afterlife, Ethics 125 no. 2 (2015), pp. 605-610

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me: Restricting the Reach of Morality’s Demands,” in Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 3 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 203-234

“‘Good For’ supra ‘Good’,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXXXVII (2013), pp. 459-466

“Irrationality,” in Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, eds., A Companion to Donald Davidson (Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, 2013), pp. 489-505

Hugh LaFollette (Editor-in-Chief), John Deigh (Associate Editor), Sarah Stroud (Associate Editor), eds., The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013): 9 vols., 5930 pp., simultaneous print and electronic publication

This work of c. four million words covering all areas of ethics comprises c. 750 substantial blind-refereed entries written by an internationally distinguished group of c. 600 different authors from 23 different countries, under the guidance of the three editors and an international Editorial Board. I was the editor primarily responsible for all entries in meta-ethics. See onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/ 9781444367072 for an overview and more information.

“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, published May 2008, updated January 2014 (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

Editorial positions

Currently co-editor of the Ethics Section of Philosophy Compass.  From 2008 to 2014, one of the Executive Editors of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

Currrent research funding

2014-2020: co-leader of the Fundamental Ethics research axis, and a member of the executive committee, of the     Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) under the overall leadership of Christine Tappolet of the Université de Montréal. The Centre, which comprises 33 full members from eight Québec universities plus 25 collaborators from Québec, Canada, and abroad, holds a six-year infrastructure grant of $1,152,000 under the Programme des regroupements stratégiques of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)

2013-2017: member of the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur la normativité (GRIN), led by Christine Tappolet of the Université de Montréal.  The GRIN, which comprises 14 team members from seven Québec post-secondary institutions, holds a four-year team grant of $400,400 under the Programme soutien aux équipes de recherche of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) for a project entitled Penser la normativité : une étude philosophique.

Past participation in funded research

2009-2011:  member of the FQRSC-funded Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur la normativité (GRIN), led by Prof. Christine Tappolet of Université de Montréal.  Project title:  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. Project title: Conséquentialisme, déontologie et institutions sociales. Histoire, aspects normatifs et éthique publique

2001-2004: member of an FQRSC-funded team with Profs. Fabienne Pironet and Christine Tappolet of Université de Montréal. Project title: 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. Project title: L'acrasie (faiblesse de la volonté) est-elle possible? Un débat entre philosophes médiévaux et contemporains

Teaching 14-15

PHIL 334, Ethical Theory, winter 2015

Teaching 13-14

PHIL 230, Introduction to Moral Philosophy, fall 2013

PHIL 334, Ethical Theory, winter 2014

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