J. P. Morgan Chase Professor of Ethics


Ph.D., Princeton University

Field of Specialty

Moral, social, and political philosophy; ethics and public affairs; gender theory and feminist philosophy

Contact Information

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 110

Marion Smiley

Marion 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 ethics, 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: *Needs and Norms. A Theory of Dependence for Social and Political Life* 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.


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, 2021. 28 pp. (forthcoming)

Smiley, Marion. "Complicity and the Limits of Denial"." Collective Responsibility. Ed. Saba Bazargan-Forward and Deborah Tollefsen. Routledge, 2021. 26 pp.. (forthcoming)

Smiley, Marion. "Re-thinking 'Paternalism' for a Democratic Theory of Care." Democracy and Care. Ed. Petr Urban. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 35 pp.

Smiley, Marion. "Trash Talk." Hypatia (2019).

Marion Smiley. "Collective Intentionality and the Possibility of Group Blame." Collective Intentionality. Ed. Marrija Jankowitch. NYC: Routledge, 2017

Smiley, Marion. ""Volitional Excuses, Self-Narration, and Blame"." Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 15. (2016): 85-101.

Smiley, Marion. "Collective Responsibility." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Press, 2016

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.

Courses Taught

PHIL 17a Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 111a What Is Justice?
PHIL 120b Radical Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 128b Philosophy of Race and Gender
PHIL 214a Graduate Seminar in Normative Philosophy
WMGS 205a Graduate Foundational Course in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies