Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 3
(email for PDF)
The Journal of Ethics
in The Limits of Moral Obligation
(Routledge 2015, email for PDF)
American Journal of Bioethics
vanessa [dot] carbonell [at] uc [dot] edu
206D McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0374
I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Obed J. Wilson Professor of Ethics at the University of Cincinnati. I did my graduate work in philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and my undergraduate work at Wesleyan University.
My research investigates problems at the intersection of normative ethics, moral psychology, and metaethics. I'm interested in moral agents, both ordinary and extraordinary: what they're like, what morality demands of them, and the relationship between what they're like and what morality demands of them. One way I've explored these ideas is by looking specifically at "moral saints". More recently I've been thinking and writing about the relationship between knowledge and moral demands.
Most of my work is concerned with questions about moral agency, moral obligation, sacrifice, wellbeing, character, and the scope and limits of morality. I have related teaching interests (and occasional research interests) in medical ethics, family ethics, philosophy of punishment, and philosophy of law.