Chelsea Rosenthal

Assistant Professor


  • B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Virginia
  • J.D. (Law), New York University
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, New York University 


In my dissertation, Ethics for Fallible People, I examined efforts to act morally, given that our moral judgments are fallible and we’re often unsure what morality requires. I argued that, in the face of these challenges, it’s not only rational to use effective procedures for trying to be moral – we have a moral responsibility to do so, and being reckless when navigating moral uncertainty, is, itself, morally wrong. These strategic requirements present a large class of under-explored norms of morality. I used these norms to address moral and social questions concerning, for example, interpersonal toleration, exceptions to moral rules in high-stakes cases, and principal-agent relationships (such as those between lawyers and clients).

Going forward, I am exploring political applications of this framework, concerning democratic legitimacy, and rights, and separately, I am developing a project about privacy.

New Faculty Profile December, 2018



Future courses may be subject to change.