Asia Ferrin

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I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. As a researcher, I work to present counternarratives to what Hilde Lindeman Nelson calls “master narratives.” Master narratives are constructed by and for socially dominant groups and in turn limit the identities and agency of marginalized and oppressed people. I am currently working on developing counternarratives in moral psychology, normative ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of education, and the philosophy of gender. A recent copy of my CV is here.

At the moment, at the center of my research is a book manuscript in which I argue against the classical (rationalist) view of moral agency, and offer a new way of understanding good moral judgment and decision-making that places value on raw emotion and uneducated intuitions. This project, like much of my work, intersects with empirical psychology and cognitive science.  See also my recent work on animal agency and moral decisions

My recent courses include Feminist PhilosophyMoral Psychology, Bioethics and Justice, I Implicit Bias, Ethical Theory, Moral Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, and Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance. Beyond my teaching, I am committed to improving the academic philosophical climate and providing outstanding mentorship to students. Check out, for example, my recent pieces on productive philosophical conversation and surviving the PhD.