Cynthia Willett

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 319

Phone: 404.727.2241

Fax: 404.712.9425


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Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

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  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1988


Proposed and established the Institute for the History of Philosophy at Emory in 2006.


Political ethics, social ethics, philosophical psychology, ethics and social theory, race and gender studies, philosophy and literature, new critical theory, American social thought.

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Interspecies Ethics (a serious ethics with a comic twist) (Columbia University Press, 2014).
    • Irony in the Age of Empire (Indiana, 2008)
    • The Soul of Justice: Social Bonds and Racial Hubris (Cornell, 2001)
    • Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities (Routledge, 1995).
  • Editor of
    • Theorizing Multiculturalism (Blackwell 1998)
  • Articles in
    • Cultural Critique, Philosophy and Literature, Research in Phenomenology, and Journal in Speculative Philosophy.
  • Articles

Current Work

  • Co-editor of the web-based Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy:
  • Currently working on the book Ethics as Music
  • Co-authoring the book, The Belly Laugh: The Affective and Emotional Politics of Feminist Laughter?
  • An article on criticality theory and disaster sponsored by a PERS grant

Fellowships and Honors

  • Co-Director, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Executive Board, American Philosophical Association (Eastern, 2008-2010)
  • Emory College Winship Distinguished Research Scholar (1998-2001)
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at University of Kansas (1995)

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