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Elise Springer

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Russell House, 216

Associate Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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BA Wesleyan University
MA University of Connecticut
PHD University of Connecticut

Elise Springer

I am broadly engaged with moral theory, and more specifically with the relationship between moral ideals and the activity of criticism. Bringing a broadly pragmatist account of judgment and communication to bear on moral discourse, I show how the challenges of moral criticism require us to rethink some standard assumptions in moral theory. I am also interested in moral responsibility, the consequences of human social embodiment, and interpretive questions about how to understand actions that we oppose.

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Office Hours

Fall 2023: drop in Fridays 10:30-12:00 at Russell House 216, or by appointment via calendly


Fall 2024
PHIL 212 - 01
Introduction to Ethics

PHIL 347 - 01
Ethics, Ecology & Moral Change