First, I hope everyone is getting settled into their new semester. Justin Caouette and I hope to start working on some new ideas for the blog in the coming weeks and months. For now, we have our first Featured Author coming up in just a few days. So, I wanted to both thank and welcome Michelle Ciurria. Here is her bio:
Dr. Ciurria is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales’ Practical Justice Initiative. Prior to this appointment, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She received her Ph.D. from York University in 2014. Her research is published in such journals as the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Philosophical Psychology, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.
Dr. Ciurria is a specialist in responsibility theory, applied ethics, moral psychology, and feminist philosophy, with interests in feminist social epistemology, argumentation theory, and philosophy of psychiatry and psychology.
Her current research project, which she calls ‘extended responsibility,’ aims to provide a robust, interdisciplinary, and ecologically valid model of responsibility, which draws on converging research across multiple fields. This differs from the classic approach, which was primarily concerned to define the internal constituents of responsibility. Recent research across multiple fields suggests that this methodological approach is flawed because human capacities and traits are, in fact, dependent upon, covariant with, or constituted by external factors.
Dr. Ciurria’s project in extended responsibility aims to draw on contemporary research to develop a superior model. It explores six key dimensions of responsibility: (1) the interpersonal, (2) the neurobiological (focusing on extended cognition), (3) the social-psychological, (4) the collective (focusing on collective agency), (5) the epistemological, and (6) the political. This integrative approach accomplishes three things: (1) it corrects a methodological (individualist) bias in the scholarly literature on responsibility, (2) it integrates connected strains of thought across what might at first seem to be disparate research projects, and (3) it provides a robust, evidence-based model of responsibility that can be used effectively by institutions and policy-makers to enhance the collective uptake of responsible agency.
Given how many overlapping interests I have with Ciurria's own research programs, I am excited to see what she comes up with the series. She has also contributed a few posts here in the past (see here, here, here, and here), so if you'd like, you can whet your philosophical appetite while she works on her first post for her stint as Featured Author. In the meantime, stay tuned!
The upcoming Series is as follows:
Jan. Michelle Ciurria (Jan. 23rd-30th)
Feb. Jules Holroyd (Feb. 13th-19th)
March: Matthew Silverstein (Week TBD)
Plus, Paul Russell has agreed to contribute to the series and Daniel Dennett has expressed a tentative interest as well. So, more is in the works.