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Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc

Ana Mendieta, ‘Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico)’, 1976

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Hello! I hold the position of Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. I completed a PhD in Philosophy at Harvard University and work primarily on topics at the intersection of ethics and social philosophy. 

Research Interests

My main research program concerns dehumanization as a category of acts, attitudes, and social practices. Victims of inhumanity commonly complain that they were treated as objects, animals, or subhuman monsters, or that their humanity was invisible to those who abused them. I defend a unified theory of the dehumanization at issue—its nature, kinds, and moral profile—and argue that the wrong of various forms of inhumanity toward people is best explained by my theory. Future research in this area will attend to dehumanization's neighbors: infantilization, racism, ethnic prejudice, xenophobia, and evil. 

In other strands of my research, I try (1) to trace the proto-ethical pressures of our human affective capacities and (2) to explore the moral significance of the fact that many of our moral obligations are obligations to others.



Recent and Upcoming Talks

‘Love and the Value of a Subject'

05/2022: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Workshop

01/2023: Society for the Philosophy of Sex & Love, Online Seminar

06/2023: Keble College, University of Oxford, Workshop

'Can People Be Treated as Animals?' 

04/2022: Kentucky Philosophical Association Meeting

04/2022: Rice Workshop in Humanistic Ethics

06/2022: Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politic

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