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Sandra Lynne Shapshay

Sandra Lynne ShapshayDirector, the Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE) Affiliate faculty of the IU Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Sycamore Hall 015
Phone: (812) 855-4131
Email: sshapsha at

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  • University of Pennsylvania B.A. 1992
  • Columbia University, M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. 2001

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."

Recent publications include "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), and "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.

Shapshay has received several grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst for dissertation work in Berlin (1996-7) and for research at the Schopenhauer-Archive in Frankfurt (2009); was named a faculty fellow at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions in 2004, and was awarded a Trustees Teaching Award at Indiana University in 2008-2009.