Krista K. Thomason, 2021–22

Worms in the Garden: Bad Feelings in a Good Life

Philip L. Quinn Fellowship, 2021-22

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

Thomason, Krista K.

Krista K. Thomason is associate professor of philosophy at Swarthmore College. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009. She specializes in moral philosophy, the history of philosophy, and social/political philosophy. Her current research is about the role of negative emotions in moral life and relations. Her first book, Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life, was published with Oxford University Press in 2018. Some of her articles appear in professional journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, European Journal of Philosophy, The Monist, and Kantian Review. She has been interviewed by CNN and The Wall Street Journal, and has written public pieces in Aeon Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Selected Publications

Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life

  • Thomason, Krista K. “How Should We Feel About Recalcitrant Emotions?” In Self-Blame and Moral Responsibility, edited by Andreas Carlsson. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Thomason, Krista K. “The Moral Risks of Online Shaming.” In Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • Thomason, Krista K. “I’ll Show You: Spite as a Reactive Attitude.” The Monist 103, no. 2 (April 2020): 163-75.
  • Thomason, Krista K. Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Thomason, Krista K. “A Good Enough Heart: Kant on the Cultivation of Emotions.” Kantian Review 22, no. 3 (September 2017): 441-62.
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