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Kate Abramson

Kate AbramsonAssociate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Sycamore Hall 115
Phone: 856-3676
Email: kaabrams at


  • University of Chicago, Ph.D. 1997

Abramson's areas of specialization include Hume, contemporary ethics (especially issues in moral psychology), and philosophical feminism. She is in the final stages of completing a monograph on Hume's moral philosophy titled The Artifice of Nature. Her recent publications include, "Character as a Mode of Evaluation" (2017), "Turning up the Lights on Gaslighting" (2014),  "What's so 'Natural' about the Natural Virtues?" ( 2015), "Affective Conflict and Virtue" (2013), "Love as a Reactive Emotion" (with Adam Leite, 2011), and "A Sentimentalist's Defense of Shame, Contempt and Disdain" (2011). She has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society. She was also awarded a grant by the AAUW and a fellow position the Newberry Library which she had to decline, having accepted other grant/fellow combinations. 

She is a signatory on the 'Online Petition in Support of the Gendered Conference Campaign'; please visit for details.