Agnieszka Jaworska



Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

HMNSS 3308
951-827-1517 (message phone)


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1997

Areas of Interest

Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, and Medical Ethics


Professor Jaworska comes to UCR from Stanford University, where she taught courses on Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, and Medical Ethics, and was part of the Program in Ethics in Society. Earlier she worked in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Her current project, entitled “Ethical Dilemmas at the Margins of Agency,” concerns the ethics of treatment of individuals whose status as persons is thought to be compromised or uncertain, such as Alzheimer’s patients, addicts, psychopaths, and young children. It is part of a larger project on the nature of value and the moral psychology of valuing. Professor Jaworska’s recent research has been published in journals including Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Ethics.

Selected Publications

“The Grounds of Moral Status,” with J. Tannenbaum, in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>

“Caring and Full Moral Standing Redux,” in Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy, edited by Eva Feder Kittay and Licia Carlson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): 369-392.

“Advance Directives and Substitute Decision-Making,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2009 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>

“Caring, Minimal Autonomy, and the Limits of Liberalism,” in Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice, edited by Hilde Lindemann, M. Verkerk, and M. Walker (Cambridge University Press, 2009): 80-105.

“Caring and Internality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 74: 3, 2007, p. 529-568.

“Caring and Full Moral Standing,” Ethics, Vol. 117:3, 2007, p.460-497.

“From Caring to Self-Governance: the Bare Bones of Autonomy and the Limits of Liberalism,” APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Vol. 5:1, 2007, p. 19-23.

“Catastrophic Emotions and Respect for Autonomy,” The Journal of Critical Ethics, Vol. 14:4, 2003, p. 295-297.

“Respecting the Margins of Agency: Alzheimer’s Patients and the Capacity to Value,” Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 28:2, 1999, p.105-138.