Dr Samuel Shpall

BA NYU PhD S.Calif
Lecturer in Ethics

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Sam Shpall is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2011, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow there from 2011-2013. From 2013-2015 he was the Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Philosophy at Yale University, and a Lecturer at the Yale Law School. He also taught philosophy in four New York State Correctional Facilities from 2014-2015 as a faculty member of the Bard Prison Initiative.

Research interests

Dr. Shpall’s main interests are in ethics and moral psychology; aesthetics, especially the interpretation and value of art; the philosophy of action; social and political philosophy; and the philosophy of law.

Teaching and supervision

  • History of Ethics
  • Love and Sexuality
  • Philosophy of Film and Literature
  • Action Theory

Current projects

Dr. Shpall is currently writing on the nature of love, and the relationship of love to agency, rationality, ethics, and the meaning of life.

In the media

'Love has its reasons' Interview, The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, 16 April 2017.

'Philosophy behind bars' article, SOPHI Magazine, Issue 2, 2016.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Shpall, S. (2017). Dworkin's Literary Analogy (forthcoming). In David Plunkett, Scott Shapiro & Kevin Toh (Eds.), Dimensions of Normativity: New Essays on Metaethics and Jurisprudence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Shpall, S. (2017). Love's Objects. In E. Kroeker, K. Schaubroeck (Eds.), Love, Reason, and Morality, (pp. 57-74). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Wilson, G., Shpall, S. (2011). Unraveling the Twists of 'Fight Club'. In T. Wartenberg (Eds.), Fight Club: Philosophers on Film, (pp. 78-111). London: Routledge.

Journals

  • Shpall, S. (2016). The Calendar Paradox. Philosophical Studies, 173(3), 801-825. [More Information]
  • Shpall, S. (2014). Moral and Rational Commitment. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 88(1), 146-172. [More Information]
  • Shpall, S. (2014). Review of Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 6. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 11(1), 124-127.
  • Shpall, S. (2013). The Men of 'Talk to Her'. Film and Philosophy, 17, 96-112.
  • Shpall, S. (2013). Wide and Narrow Scope. Philosophical Studies, 163(3), 717-736. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Wilson, G., Shpall, S. (2012). Action. In E. Zalta (Eds.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Press.

2017

  • Shpall, S. (2017). Dworkin's Literary Analogy (forthcoming). In David Plunkett, Scott Shapiro & Kevin Toh (Eds.), Dimensions of Normativity: New Essays on Metaethics and Jurisprudence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Shpall, S. (2017). Love's Objects. In E. Kroeker, K. Schaubroeck (Eds.), Love, Reason, and Morality, (pp. 57-74). London & New York: Routledge.

2016

  • Shpall, S. (2016). The Calendar Paradox. Philosophical Studies, 173(3), 801-825. [More Information]

2014

  • Shpall, S. (2014). Moral and Rational Commitment. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 88(1), 146-172. [More Information]
  • Shpall, S. (2014). Review of Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 6. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 11(1), 124-127.

2013

  • Shpall, S. (2013). The Men of 'Talk to Her'. Film and Philosophy, 17, 96-112.
  • Shpall, S. (2013). Wide and Narrow Scope. Philosophical Studies, 163(3), 717-736. [More Information]

2012

  • Wilson, G., Shpall, S. (2012). Action. In E. Zalta (Eds.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Press.

2011

  • Wilson, G., Shpall, S. (2011). Unraveling the Twists of 'Fight Club'. In T. Wartenberg (Eds.), Fight Club: Philosophers on Film, (pp. 78-111). London: Routledge.

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