Macalester Bell

Associate Professor of Philosophy
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Phone 610-526-5680
Website Personal Site
Location Dalton 100F



Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of Focus

Ethics and Moral Psychology


Macalester Bell works in ethics and moral psychology.  She also teaches and does some research in aesthetics and feminist philosophy.  Within ethics and moral psychology, she is especially interested in articulating an account of the appropriate attitudinal responses to serious immorality and injustice.  As part of this project, she has published papers on blame, forgiveness, inspiration, and the virtues and vices of anger. 

Her book, Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt (OUP, 2013), explores the dangers and moral importance of contempt for persons.

For more information on her papers, talks, and courses, please visit her personal website: