Meica Danielle Magnani

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy Department at Harvard University. I currently work with Embedded EthiCS @ Harvard, a team of philosophers and computer scientists integrating ethical reasoning into the computer science curriculum. I received my PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University in 2019. Starting the Fall of 2021, I will be an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University.

My main line of research spans the areas of moral, social and political, and feminist philosophy. In particular, I am concerned with the relationship between rational agency, autonomy, and the social and technological structures that organize human activity. I take as a given that we, as human agents, are embedded: our desires, ends, and reasons are shaped by the particular contexts and relations in which we live our lives. The question arises, then: how do we understand and realize the value of autonomy, or self-governance, when human agency is inescapably intertwined with the social and technological terrain in which it is located? In my work, I use Kantian practical philosophy, informed by feminist, political, and social thought, to pursue this question and to examine moral and political problems, such as social injustice and oppression, that arise from our embedded nature.

AOS: Moral Philosophy, Kant's Practical Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

AOC: Ethics of Technology, Feminist Philosophy, Kant's Theoretical Philosophy, Environmental Ethics

You can reach me at: meicamagnani [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu