Sandra Shapshay

Sandra Shapshay

Professor, Philosophy

Director, Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE)

Affiliate, IU Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, 2001
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2001

About Sandra Shapshay

Dr. Shapshay's areas of specialization include Schopenhauer, Kant, the history of aesthetics and ethics in 19th century Continental philosophy, and bioethics. She is currently working on a book on Schopenhauer's ethics titled provisionally, "Degrees of Dignity: Schopenhauer's Ethical Thought." With Aaron Meskin and Steven Cahn she is also editing the second edition of Blackwell's "Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology."

Selected publications

"Schopenhauer's reception of Kant" (Bloomsbury Companion to Kant, 2nd edition. Ed. Dennis Schulting)

"Schopenhauer on the Symbiotic Relationship between the Expressive Arts and Philosophy" Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch

"Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime" British Journal of Aesthetics

"The Problem and the Promise of the Sublime" in Suffering Art Gladly ed. Jerrold Levinson (Palgrave-Macmillan, 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.