Lee-Ann Chae | Philosophy
Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. I work in ethics and in social and political philosophy, and focus on the question of whether it's possible for us to live together without war and large-scale violence. My work challenges the view that violence is a necessary response to aggression, and considers how issues of trust, hope, and solidarity operate in a non-ideal world to orient us towards a future peace.
I am interested in understanding how we might resist the moral allure of violence by examining:
how the risk of others' moral failures ought to figure in our moral deliberations about
what to do,
what role solidarity plays in moving us towards justice, and
whether war can be relied upon to secure or promote women's rights.
I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy at UCLA, under the supervision of A.J. Julius, and earned my J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law. From 2016-2018, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.
I also run a conference and lecture series, Challenging War, that brings together philosophers, political theorists, and others working on questions of war and peace.