Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Faculty

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Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Professor of Philosophy
212 Corliss Brackett
Office Hours: WF 3.15-4.15

Ackerman's current research interests include bioethics, moral psychology, and philosophy in literature. Her current work revolves around philosophical themes in Malory's Morte Darthur, the ethics of end-of-life issues, and moral psychology. She writes short stories and poems as well as essays dealing with this material.

Her essays have appeared in The Hastings Center Report, The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics, The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics, and elsewhere. Her short stories have appeared in Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards, Commentary, Playgirl, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in The Providence Journal, Free Inquiry, English Studies Forum, and elsewhere. She writes a monthly column for The Providence Journal.

Ackerman has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences/National Endowment for the Humanities fellow.

Her recent seminar topics include 1.) ethics and character in Malory's Morte Darthur 2.) disability, fiction and bioethics.

Online Papers

Papers

"'He sente for a philozopher': Teaching Malory in Terms of Moral Philosophy", The Once and Future Classroom VI, 2 (Fall 2008) (HTML)

"'For Now Have I My Death': The 'Duty to Die' vs. the Duty to Help the Ill Stay Alive", Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (2000): 172-85; reprinted in B. Steinbock, et al., eds., Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 6th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2002): 426-34; 7th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008): 521-29 (PDF)

"'Always to do ladies, damosels, and gentlewomen succour': Women and the Chivalric Code in Malory's Morte Darthur," Midwest Studies in Philosophy 26 (2002), 1-12. (PDF)

Stories

"We Gather Together", East Side Monthly, May 2005, 42-43; reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Fall 2005; in F. N. Ackerman, Bioethics Through Fiction (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming) (HTML)

"Flourish Your Heart in This World", in M. Nussbaum and C. Sunstein (eds.), Clones and Clones: Facts and Fantasies About Human Cloning (Norton, 1998), 310-31; reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Spring 1999: 134-40 (PDF)

"Entertain the Thought," Witness , Spring 2002: 42-53, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine , Spring 2007 (HTML)

"The Other Two Sides," in S. Hales (ed.), What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Cat (Open Court, 2008): 89-100, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine , Spring 2009: 18-21. (HTML)

Poems

"Rose and Blue", Ragged Edge Online (2005); reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine (Fall 2005) and in The Providence Journal, April 3, 2009: B6 (HTML, HTML)

"This is for My Grandmother", Ragged Edge Online (2006), reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine , Spring 2006, and in The Providence Journal, May 24, 2009: C4 (under the title "For My Grandmother") (HTML, HTML)

"Henrietta Pratt, 80, Has a Surprise for You," Ragged Edge Online (2006), reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Fall 2006 and in The Providence Journal, April 23, 2009: B6 (under the title "Henrietta's Surprise"). (HTML, HTML)

"To Lucasta, on Not Going to the Wars", English Studies Forum 2.2 (Fall-Winter 2006) (HTML)

"Nettie Denison Speaks with Her Doctor," Ragged Edge Online (2006), reprinted in WestWard Quarterly, Winter 2007: 18, and in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Spring 2007. (HTML)

"Aunt Vera", Free Inquiry, February-March 2008: 32, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine , Spring 2008, and in The Providence Journal, July 24, 2009: B6 (under the title "Aunt Vera toughs it out"). (HTML)

"After the Visitor Spoke" The Providence Journal, February 13, 2008: B5, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine , Fall 2008. (HTML)

"How Thrilled", The Providence Journal, February 16, 2009: C4. (HTML)

"Light", Free Inquiry, June/July 2009: 53, reprinted in The Providence Journal, July 5 2009: C4 (under the title "'Always smiling'"). (HTML)

"'The Raven' revisited", The Providence Journal, June 19, 2009: B6. (HTML)

Op-Ed Columns

"Why I didn't help 'focus the nation'", The Providence Journal, February 8, 2008: B5. (HTML)

"College admissions and the 'whole person'", The Providence Journal, April 6, 2008: D7. (HTML)

"Marrying your way to the top of academia", The Providence Journal, May 27, 2008: B5. (HTML)

"A blind devotion to fair grading", The Providence Journal, June 24, 2008: B5, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy , Spring 2009: 15. (HTML, HTML)

"An American tragedy on our campuses", The Providence Journal, July 29, 2008: B5. (HTML)

"Wa(i)ving rights away", The Providence Journal, August 26, 2008: B, reprinted in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy , Fall 2009, forthcoming. (HTML)

"Bioethicists push for your death", The Providence Journal, September 30, 2008: B5. (HTML)

"The virtue of pity: Medieval guidance for modern life", The Providence Journal, November 25, 2008: B6. ( HTML)

"What is expendable on our campuses", The Providence Journal, December 30, 2008: B7. (HTML)

"What should you give at the office?" The Providence Journal, January 27, 2009: B6. (HTML)

"What are liberal professors liberal about?" The Providence Journal, February 24, 2009: B7. (HTML)

"Using Global Hunger as a Gimmick", The Providence Journal, April 26, 2009: B6. (HTML)

"Better late than hasty", The Providence Journal, June 30, 2009: B6. (HTML)

"My parents' drinking", The Providence Journal, July 28, 2009: B6. (HTML)