Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 110
DegreesPrinceton University, Ph.D.
Mt. Holyoke College, B.A.
ExpertiseMoral, social, and political philosophy/feminist theory
ProfileMarion Smiley received her Ph. D in 1984 from Princeton University and joined the Brandeis faculty in the Spring of 2002 after having taught at Wellesley, Wesleyan, and the University of Wisconsin/Madison. She is the author of Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community. Accountability and Power From a Pragmatic Point of View and Falling Through Tap Doors. The Philosophy and Politics of Group Identification (forthcoming), as well as numerous articles on free will and determinism, moral agency, collective responsibility, feminist social and political thought, autonomy and paternalism, John Dewey and the philosophy of pragmatism, democratic theory, multiculturalism, and the practice of rights. She is currently at work on two book length projects: Dependence, Autonomy and the Welfare State and Democracy and Paternalism. Professor Smiley is the recipient of several teaching awards, as well as research fellowships from Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Harvard University Ethics Program, and the Swedish Institute for Advanced Study.
|GSAS||302d||Interdisciplinary Dissertation Seminar|
|PHIL||17a||Introduction to Ethics|
|PHIL||108a||Philosophy and Gender|
|PHIL||111a||What Is Justice?|
|PHIL||112a||Social Contract Theory and its Critics|
|PHIL||114b||Topics in Ethical Theory|
|PHIL||116a||Topics in Political Philosophy|
|PHIL||121a||Normative Questions of the Welfare State|
|PHIL||214a||Topics in Normative Philosophy|
|WMGS||205a||Graduate Foundational Course in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
Awards and Honors
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Brandeis University) (2014)
Marion Smiley. "Justice From the Standpoint of the Oppressed: Iris Young's Theory of Justice Re-Visited." Contemporary Political Philosophy. Ed. Jacob Levy. Oxford University Press, 2015 (forthcoming)
Smiley, Marion. "Collective Intentionality and the Possibility of Group Blame." Collective Intentionality. Ed. Marrija Jankovic. Routledge, 2015. 21 pp. (forthcoming)
Marion Smiley. "Collective Responsibility." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2015): 18 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "Future-Looking Collective Responsibility: A Preliminary Analysis." Midwest Studies in Philosophy XXXIII. 3 (2014): 25 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "Moral Responsibility: Social, not Metaphysical." Quels Lendemains Pour La Responsibilite? (What Future for Responsibility?). Ed. Andre Duhamel and Allison Marchildon. Note Bene, 2014. 32 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "Volitional Excuses, Self-Narration, and Blame." Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 13. 1 (2014): 28 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "Collective Responsibility" (new essay)." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010): 26 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "From Moral Agency to Collective Wrongs: Re-Thinking Collective Moral Responsibility." Journal of Law and Policy, Special Volume on the Philosophy and Psychology of Collective Responsibility XIX. (2010): 31 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "After Identity: Re-thinking Race. Sex, and Gender." Political Theory (2009): 8 pp.
Smiley, Marion. "Pragmatism and the Philosophy of 'The Practical'." Five Questions for Pragmatism. Ed. James Johnson. Automatic Press/VP, 2009. 25 pp.
Smiley, Marion. Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community, Power and Accountability From a Pragmatic Point of View. University of Chicago Press, 1992.