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Fileva, Iskra Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • I work in ethics, moral psychology and issues at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. I also do some work in aesthetics and some in epistemology.


  • ethics, moral psychology, and issues at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry


selected publications


courses taught

  • PHIL 1700 - Philosophy and the Arts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores controversial questions in aesthetics (philosophy of art), such as: What counts as art? What makes art, music, or even the natural world beautiful? What's the proper way to appreciate beauty? Do some people have better taste in music or art than others? If so, what does 'good taste' mean? Is pop music bad? What about cultural appropriation? Is it wrong when, e.g., white people perform music traditionally associated with black culture?
  • PHIL 2150 - Ethics and Sex
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores a variety of moral questions relating to sex and procreation. Topics may include arguments for and against the wrongness of masturbation, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, voyeurism, pornography, sadomasochism, prostitution, abortion, commercial surrogacy and cloning, as well as arguments addressing such additional subjects as what constitutes rape and whether procreation is morally obligatory, optional, or forbidden.
  • PHIL 2170 - Ethics and Economics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines a variety of perspectives on problems at the intersection of ethics and economics, using both empirical data and moral reasoning to evaluate arguments concerning topics such as: government regulation of private industry, protectionist economic policies, fair work compensation, retirement benefits, and access to health care.
  • PHIL 2390 - Philosophy and Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Interdisciplinary course on issues where philosophy and psychology meet. For example, topics such as selfhood, motivation, psychotherapy, freedom, and human behavior are examined. Selected readings in philosophy and psychology are required.
  • PHIL 2750 - Philosophy and Science Fiction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores philosophical issues in science fiction literature and film. Topics may include time travel, artificial intelligence, free will, personal identity, and how scientific advances will change human life and society. Students may read science fiction stories and philosophical articles, and watch several movies.
  • PHIL 2800 - Open Topics/Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 3600 - Philosophy of Religion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Explores fundamental questions concerning major world religions, especially the Abrahamic religions. Possible topics include: the divine'attributes (Is perfect goodness compatible with the existence of hell? Can God be truly omnipotent?), the problem of evil, divine'hiddenness and evidence of the existence of God, religious experience, the legitimacy of faith, the dilemma of freedom and divine'foreknowledge, God and morality, tensions between religion and science, conceptions of the self in Abrahamic religions and in'Buddhism. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy coursework.
  • PHIL 3700 - Aesthetic Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces major theories of aesthetics and contemporary discussions of problems, such as the nature of art and the problem of evaluations in art. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy coursework.
  • PHIL 5100 - Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Presents representative positions in normative ethics and metaethics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 5800 - Open Topics in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Variety of new courses at the 5000 level. See current departmental announcements for specific content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 6100 - Seminar in Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Intensive study of selected topics in ethical theory.
  • PHIL 6940 - Master's Candidate for Degree
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.


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