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Valentina Urbanek


Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Philosophy
Miner Hall, Room 04
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4798
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Lecturer

Expertise
Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Biography
Valentina Urbanek has been teaching at Tufts since Fall 2009. She specializes in ethics and political philosophy. Her research develops and defends the need for non-consequentialist alternatives to person-affecting moral theories. She also has interests in the history of philosophy, especially Plato, Descartes, and Hume, distributive justice, democratic theory, philosophy of law, philosophy and literature, and bio-ethics. She served on MIT’s Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects from 2007-2009. She was a NSF Ethics Research Fellow for the Nanotechnology & Society Research Group at Northeastern University in the Summer of 2011.

Education
Ph.D., MIT
MA, Tufts University
BA, Northeastern University, summa cum laude

Courses Taught at Tufts
Introduction to Philosophy
Bioethics (Spring 2015)

Publications

  • "The Ethics of Embryo Selection." In Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems, ed., J. Basl and R. Sandler. (Lexington Press, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), 27-48.

Conference Presentations
  • "Enhancement and the Ethics of Embryo Selection," The 2011 Workshop in Applied Philosophy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, September 30-October 2nd, 2011.
  • Commented on "Risking Wretched Lives" by Michael Gibb, Oxford, 18th Annual Harvard-MIT Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, MIT, Cambridge, MA, April 3, 2010.
  • "Person Affecting Reasons and the Nature of Morality," Northern New England Philosophical
  • Association Annual Conference, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, October 12-13, 2007.
  • "Can Physicalism Capture Anti-Physicalist Intuitions about Phenomenal Qualities?", Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, October 25-26, 2002.
  • "Rawls's Criticism of Utilitarianism's Disregard for the Distinction between Persons," 5th Annual Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference on Law and Social Justice, Pullman, WA & Moscow, ID, April 5-7, 2002.
  • Commented on "Property Rights and Social Justice: Rawls and the Problems of Priority and Determinacy" by Jeremy Garrett, Texas A&M University, 5th Annual Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference on Law and Social Justice, Pullman, WA & Moscow, ID, April 5-7, 2002. "The Self in Hume's Account of Pride," Northern New England Philosophical Association
  • Annual Conference, Clark University, Worcester, MA, October 19-20, 2001.