Sara Protasi’s research is in moral psychology and ethics broadly construed. She is particularly interested in the emotions, and their anatomy and role in ethics. She also has research interests in the history of philosophy and aesthetics. Her studies of the nature of personal envy led to her proposal of four varieties of envy, including an analysis of where and when envy is bad, and when it is not—sometimes contrary to expectations. She argues that a properly cultivated variety of envy can contribute to human well-being. Protasi’s publications include: “Varieties of Envy,” in Philosophical Psychology; a review of the book The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love, by S. Wolf, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015; “Loving People For Who They Are (Even When They Don’t Love You Back),” in European Journal of Philosophy; and “The Fictional Character of Pornography” (co-authored with S. Liao), in Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography (2013).
B.A., University of Roma-La Sapienza, 2002, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University, 2012, 2014