Curriculum Vitae


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Sharon Street


Department of Philosophy

New York University

5 Washington Place

New York, NY 10003


Academic Employment

New York University Department of Philosophy

Associate Professor (with tenure), September 2010-present

•Associate Chair, September 2013-present

•Director of Graduate Studies, September 2009-August 2013

Assistant Professor, September 2003-August 2010

Instructor, September 2002-August 2003


Education

Harvard University, Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 2003

Dissertation:  Evolution and the Nature of Reasons

Committee:  Christine M. Korsgaard, T. M. Scanlon, Melissa Barry

Amherst College, B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, May 1995


Areas of Specialization

Metaethics, Normative Ethics


Areas of Competence

History of Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Political Philosophy


Fellowships and Awards

Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship, New York University, Fall 2007

Fellowship, Project on Science and Religion, New York University, sponsored by Professor Thomas Nagel and the Mellon Foundation, 2006-2009

Jean Hampton Prize, awarded by the Pacific Division APA and the University of Arizona Philosophy Department, 2005

New York University Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Emily and Charles Carrier Prize for best dissertation on a topic in moral or political philosophy, Harvard University, 2004

Harvard University Packard Dissertation Fellowship, 2000-2001

Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions Graduate Fellowship, 1999-2000

Harvard University Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 1997 and 1998

Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship in Philosophy, awarded by Amherst College, 1996-1999

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1995-1996

Gail Kennedy Memorial Prize for best senior honors thesis in philosophy, Amherst College, 1995

Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Hamilton Prize in Economics, Amherst College, 1994


Articles Published or Forthcoming

“A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value,” Philosophical Studies 127, no. 1 (January 2006): 109-166.  Awarded the Jean Hampton Prize at the 2005 Pacific APA.

“Constructivism about Reasons,” Oxford Studies in Metaethics, vol. 3, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2008), pp. 207-245.

“Reply to Copp: Naturalism, Normativity, and the Varieties of Realism Worth Worrying About,” Philosophical Issues (a supplement to Noûs), vol. 18 on “Interdisciplinary Core Philosophy,” ed. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, 2008, pp. 207-228.

“In Defense of Future Tuesday Indifference: Ideally Coherent Eccentrics and the Contingency of What Matters,” Philosophical Issues (a supplement to Noûs), vol. 19 on “Metaethics,” ed. Ernest Sosa, 2009, pp. 273-298.

“What is Constructivism in Ethics and Metaethics?”, Philosophy Compass 5 (2010): 363-384.

“Mind-Independence Without the Mystery: Why Quasi-Realists Can’t Have It Both Ways,” Oxford Studies in Metaethics, vol. 6, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2011), pp. 1-32.

“Evolution and the Normativity of Epistemic Reasons,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 35, supplemental volume on Belief and Agency, ed. David Hunter, 2011, pp. 213-248.

“Coming to Terms with Contingency: Humean Constructivism about Practical Reason.”  In Constructivism in Practical Philosophy, eds. James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 40-59.

“Does Anything Really Matter or Did We Just Evolve to Think So?”  Forthcoming in The Norton Introduction to Philosophy, eds. Alex Byrne, Joshua Cohen, Gideon Rosen, and Seana Shiffrin (New York: Norton).

“If ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’, then We Don’t Know What Reasons Are: Why the Price of Theism is Normative Skepticism.”  Forthcoming in Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution, eds. Michael Bergmann and Patrick Kain (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

“Nothing ‘Really’ Matters, but That’s Not What Matters.”  Forthcoming in Does Anything Really Matter: Parfit on Objectivity, ed. Peter Singer (Oxford: Oxford University Press).


Articles in Progress

“Objectivity and Truth: You’d Better Rethink It”

“How to Be a Relativist About Normativity”

“Normativity and Water: The Analogy and Its Limits”


Invited Talks and Refereed Conference Presentations

Upcoming presentations

Titles TBA

•Stanford University, April 2014

•Audi Lecture, Colgate University, March 2014

•University of Pennsylvania, December 2013

•Princeton University, November 2013

•Keynote address, Mark L. Shapiro Graduate Conference, Brown University, November 2013

•Dartmouth University, October 2013

•Harvard University, September 2013

Past presentations

“Nothing ‘Really’ Matters, but That’s Not What Matters”

•Rutgers Value Theory Reading Group, April 2013

•Bowling Green State University, March 2013

•Tulane University, February 2013

•SPAWN Workshop at Syracuse University, August 2012

“Normativity and Water: The Analogy and Its Limits”

•University of Texas, Austin, April 2013

•Metaethics Workshop, NYU Abu Dhabi, January 2013

•Keynote address, Illinois Philosophical Association Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2012

•Boyd-Sturgeon Retirement Conference, Cornell University, September 2012

“The Existence of God as a Normative Question”

•Purdue University Conference on Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief, September 2012

“How to Be a Relativist About Normativity”

•Princeton Ethicists Network, May 2012

•Brandeis University, April 2012

•Keynote address, Graduate Student Conference, University at Albany-SUNY, April 2012

•Conference on Moral Disagreement, University of Chicago Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values, March 2012

•Vanderbilt University Workshop on Social and Political Thought, March 2012 Claremont McKenna College, December 2011

•New York University Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy, November 2011

•University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, October 2011

•Columbia University Undergraduate Philosophy Forum, March 2011

•Cornell University, February 2011

•University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 2011

“On Evolution and What Matters”

•Invited paper for Symposium on Evolution and Metaethics at APA Eastern Division Meeting, December 2011

“Dworkin on Normative Objectivity”

•University of Chicago Law & Philosophy Workshop, April 2011

“Do Darwinian Explanations Undermine or Vindicate our Views on What Matters?”

•Amherst College Forry Lecture Series in Philosophy and Science, December 2010

“Coming to Terms with Contingency: Humean Constructivism about Practical Reason”

•University of California, Los Angeles, May 2010

•University of Vermont, Burlington, April 2010

•University of Pittsburgh, April 2010

•University of Michigan Philosophy Department Spring Colloquium, March 2010

•Brown University, February 2010

•University of Connecticut, Storrs, December 2009

•Ohio State University, November 2009

•Conference on Constructivism in Practical Philosophy, University of Sheffield, England, August 2009

“Evolution and the Normativity of Epistemic Reasons”

•Sixth Annual Metaethics Conference, University of Madison, Wisconsin, September 2009

“In Defense of Future Tuesday Indifference”

•Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2009

•University of Maryland, College Park, March 2009

•Johns Hopkins University, February 2009

•Princeton University Center for Human Values, February 2009

•University of South Carolina, Columbia, November 2008

•University of California, Berkeley, October 2008

•City University of New York Graduate Center, September 2008

“An Outline of an Argument for Antirealism about Epistemic Reasons”

•University of Indiana, Bloomington, December 2008

“Objectivity and Truth: You’d Better Rethink It”

•Union College, November 2007

•New York University Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy, September 2007

•New York University Project on Science and Religion, February 2007

•Mount Holyoke College, November 2006

“Constructivism about Reasons”

•Third Annual Metaethics Conference, University of Madison, Wisconsin, September 2006

“Evolution and the Schizophrenia of Quasi-Realism about Normativity”

•First Annual Online Philosophy Conference, May 2006

•Symposium Paper at APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 2006

“Comments on R. Jay Wallace’s ‘The Deontic Structure of Morality’”

•University of Maryland Conference on Practical Rationality, April 2005

“A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value”

•New York University Medical School, April 2006

•State University of New York at New Paltz, November 2005

•Symposium Paper at APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 2005

“Evolution and the Nature of Reasons”

•New York University Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy, October 2003

“A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories About Reasons”

•Amherst College, Forry Lecture Series in Philosophy and Science, November 2002

•Columbia University Department of Philosophy, February 2002

•Duke University Department of Philosophy, January 2002

“An Evolutionary Argument for Constructivism Over Normative Realism”

•Georgetown University Department of Philosophy, January 2002

•New York University Department of Philosophy, January 2001


Courses Taught

Graduate Seminar on Moral Epistemology and the Self, NYU, Spring 2013

Graduate Seminar on Parfit’s On What Matters, NYU, Fall 2011

Graduate Seminar on Evolution and Ethics (co-taught with Laura Franklin-Hall), NYU, Spring 2010

Ph.D. Thesis Preparation Seminar, NYU, Fall 2008

Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, NYU, Fall 2008, Fall 2009

Graduate Seminar on Moral Realism, NYU, Spring 2006

Graduate Seminar on Constructivism in Ethics, NYU, Fall 2004

Proseminar for first-year graduate students (co-taught with Elizabeth Harman), NYU, Fall 2004

Graduate Seminar on Allan Gibbard’s Thinking How to Live, NYU, Spring 2004

The Nature of Values (undergraduate course), NYU, Fall 2003, Spring 2006, Spring 2012

Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Metaethics, NYU, Spring 2003

Ethics (undergraduate course), NYU, Fall 2002, 2005, and Spring 2003, 2004, 2005

Tutorial on Evolution and Ethics (undergraduate course), Harvard, Spring 2000


Academic and Administrative Service

Departmental Service – New York University Department of Philosophy

Colloquium Committee, 2013-2014

Faculty Merit Review Committee, Spring 2013

NYU Abu Dhabi Third-Year Review Committee, Spring 2013

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2013

NYU Abu Dhabi Philosophy Department Search Committee, Spring 2009

Committee on Women and Minority Hiring, Fall 2008-Spring 2010

Bersoff Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee, Fall 2008

Colloquium Committee, 2008-2009

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2008

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2007

Standing Appointments Committee, Fall 2006-Spring 2010

Junior Appointments Search Committee, Fall 2006

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2006

Senior and Midlevel Search Committee, Spring 2006

Ethics Search Committee, Fall 2004

Committee to Revise Senior Honors Program, Fall 2004

Senior Ethics Search Committee, Spring 2004

M.A. Admissions Committee, Spring 2004

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2004

Ethics Search Committee, Fall 2003

Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Spring 2003

Ethics Search Committee, Fall 2002

University Service – New York University

Phi Beta Kappa Selection Committee, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

Speaker, College of Arts and Science Scholars Lecture Series, January 2007

Colloquium Examiner at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, November and December 2006

Mentor, Women’s Faculty Caucus Mentoring Program for Incoming Women Faculty, Fall 2006

Speaker, College of Arts and Science “Accepted Students Day,” Spring 2006

Mentor, College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Mentoring Program, Spring 2006

Freshman Dialogue Program Discussion Leader, Fall 2005

Mentor, Women’s Faculty Caucus Mentoring Program for Incoming Women Faculty, Fall 2005

Planning Committee for Freshman Dialogue Program, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

Mentor, Women’s Faculty Caucus Mentoring Program for Incoming Women Faculty, Fall 2004

Mentor, College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Mentoring Program, Spring 2004

Mentor, Women’s Faculty Caucus Mentoring Program for Incoming Women Faculty, Fall 2003

Mentor, College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Mentoring Program, Spring 2003

Professional Service

APA Eastern Division Advisory Committee to the Program Committee, 2013-2016

APA Eastern Division Program Committee, 2010-2012

Chair, Session on “Non-Cognitivism,” Meetings of the APA Eastern Division, December 2007

Book Referee, Oxford University Press

Journal Referee, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Noûs, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Southern Journal of Philosophy


Dissertation Committees and Thesis Supervision

Current Dissertation Committees

Mihailis Diamantis

Daniela Dover

Joseph Harper

Christopher Prodoehl

Chelsea Rosenthal

Knut Skarsaune (chair)

Past Dissertation Committees

Matthew Seligman, “The Moral Galilean Intuition: An Essay on Metaethics, Morals, and Colors” (Ph.D. 2013)

Bogdan Rabanca (M.Phil. 2013)

Melis Erdur, “A Moral Critique of Moral Philosophy” (Ph.D. 2013)

Helena Wright “Love, Trust, and Emotion: How Interpersonal Relationships Teach Us How to Value” (Ph.D. 2012)

Jonathan Simon, “The Sharp Contour of Consciousness” (Ph.D. 2012)

Jeff Sebo, “The Personal is Political” (Ph.D. 2011)

Greg Epstein, “Public Disagreements, Individual Rights, and Judicial Review” (Ph.D. 2011)

Erica Roedder (chair), “Beings Like Us: Deliberating in Light of Psychological Theory” (Ph.D. 2010)

Anne Barnhill, “Beyond Consent: Alternative Sexual Moralities” (Ph.D. 2009)

Dana Evan, “Defending Epistemic Noncognitivism” (M.A. 2009)

Sharon Hewitt, “Normative Qualia and a Robust Moral Realism” (Ph.D. 2008)

Ryan Preston, “Civic Trust: On the Foundations of Moral Rights” (Ph.D. 2007)

M.A. Theses Supervised

Jennifer Logan, “Two Roles of Motivational Judgment Internalism” (2008)

Stephen Gingell, “Intractable Moral Disputes and the Possibility of Knowledge” (2004)

Senior Honors Theses Supervised

Aryeh Pelcovits, “Science as a Guide to our Moral Intuition” (2010)

Ryan Walsh, “Huemer’s Attempt to Stave Off Moral Skepticism” (2009)

Timothy Pantoja, “The Appropriate Standpoint for Discovering Normative Objectivity” (2006)

Alex Sinha, “Exploring a Rawlsian, Contractual Analysis of Morality in War” (2005)

Brandon Lee, “Famine Relief and Moral Sainthood” (2005)

Sam Shpall, “Kantian Constructivism in Korsgaard and Rawls” (2004)

Charles Rickert, “Gibbard’s Norm-Expressivism” (2003)

Michael Blumberg, “Moral Responsibility for Copycat Crimes” (2003)