Associate Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Field of Specialty

Research Interests: Immanuel Kant, moral philosophy, history of philosophy

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 111

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Kathleen A. Moran

Kate Moran received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Her research focuses primarily on Immanuel Kant's practical philosophy. Her current research includes an examination of dependence among agents in Kant's moral philosophy -- including questions surrounding gratitude, charity, and indebtedness. Prof. Moran teaches courses on Immanuel Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy, as well as courses in ethics, moral psychology, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. She is a recipient of a Davis Foundation Teaching and Learning Fellowship. Prof. Moran has received research awards from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and Brandeis University.


Moran, Kate A., ed. Kant on Freedom and Spontaneity. Cambridge University Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

Moran, Kate A.. "Inclination, Need, and Moral Misery." Kant on Freedom and Spontaneity. Ed. Kate A. Moran. Cambridge University Press, 2018 (forthcoming)

Moran, Kate A.. "Kant on Luck." Routledge Handbook on Theories of Luck. Ed. Ian Church and Robert J. Hartman. Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming)

Moran, Kate A.. Kant on the Miser. Proc. of XII International Kant Congress. Vienna, Austria: De Gruyter, 2018. (forthcoming)

Moran, Kate A.. "Demandingness, Indebtedness, and Charity: Kant on Imperfect Duties to Others." The Palgrave Kant Handbook. Ed. Matthew Altman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Moran, Kate A.. "Neither Justice nor Charity? Kant on 'General Injustice'." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47. (2017): 477-498.

Moran, Kate A.. "Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue." Rev. of Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue, by Chris Surprenant. Kantian Review vol. 21 2016

Moran, Kate A.. "Much Obliged: Kantian Gratitude Reconsidered." Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 98. 3 (2016).

Moran, Kate A.. "Kant and Colonialism: Historical and Critical Perspectives." Rev. of Kant and Colonialism: Historical and Critical Perspectives, by Katrin Flikschuh and Lea Ypi (eds.). British Journal for the History of Philosophy vol. 24 2015

Moran, Kate A.. "Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History." Rev. of Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History, by Kristi Sweet. Critique vol. June 2015 2015

Moran, Kate A.. "Delusions of Virtue: Kant on Self-Conceit." Kantian Review 19. 3 (2014): 445–473.

Moran, Kate A.. "Kant on Practical Justification." Rev. of Kant on Practical Justification, by Mark Timmons and Sorin Baiasu. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie vol. 96 2014: 492–498.

Moran, Kate A.. For Community's Sake: A (Self-Respecting) Kantian Account of Forgiveness. Proc. of XI International Kant Congress. DeGruyter, 2013.

Moran, Kate A.. Community and Progress in Kant's Moral Philosophy. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Moran, Kate A.. "The Ethical Community as Ground of Moral Action: An Interpretation of the Highest Good." Rethinking Kant. vol. 3 Ed. Oliver Thorndike. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 78-99.

Moran, Kate A.. "Can Kant Have an Account of Moral Education?." Journal of Philosophy of Education 43. 4 (2009).

Courses Taught

PHIL 1a Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 107b Kant's Moral Theory
PHIL 109b Ethics and Emotions
PHIL 114b Topics in Ethical Theory
PHIL 122a History of Ethics
PHIL 168a Kant
PHIL 200a Graduate Proseminar
PHIL 214a Graduate Seminar in Normative Philosophy