Arizona State University
Humanities and Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Cheshire Calhoun is most noted for highly influential articles in ethics and moral psychology, many of which center around under-explored complexities of the moral life. Some of her most significant essays--e.g., on integrity, shame, forgiveness, emotional work, and moral failure--have been collected in her book Moral Aims: On the Importance of Getting it Right and Practicing Morality With Others (OUP, 2015). Calhoun is also one of the foremost philosophers working at the intersection of ethics and philosophical feminism, and she edits the OUP series Studies in Feminist Philosophy. Her 2002 book Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet explores the distinctive features of lesbian and gay subordination. Her most recent book Doing Valuable Time: The Present, The Future, and Meaningful Living (OUP, 2018) focuses on meaningful time expenditure and includes essays on meaningful living, hope, contentment, boredom, and commitment. She served six years as chair of the board of officers for the American Philosophical Association (2014-2020) and is currently head of the philosophy faculty in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU.