Sandra Lynne Shapshay
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: Sycamore Hall 015
Email: sshapsha indiana.edu
- 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 biomedical ethics. She is currently working on a series of articles rethinking Schopenhauer’s aesthetics and ethics, in light of her reinterpretation of Schopenhauer’s central argument for the identification of the Kantian thing-in-itself with Will. Works in progress and recent publications include, “Schopenhauer and the problem of tragedy,” “Schopenhauer and the ‘Neglected Alternative’ Objection,” "Poetic Intuition and the Bounds of Sense: Metaphor and Metonymy in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy” (European Journal of Philosophy, 2008 [reprinted in Christopher Janaway & Alex Neill eds. Better Consciousness: Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Value, Blackwell 2009)], “Children’s Rights and Children’s Health” Journal of Social Philosophy 39 (4) 2008, and the edited collection, Bioethics at the Movies, Editor and contributor (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). She 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.