Joseph Kupfer

University Professor [PH RS]

Contact

Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies
Office:439 Catt
2224 Osborn Dr
Ames IA
50011-4009
Phone:515-294-0058

Bio

Joseph Kupfer is University Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, where he teaches ethics, aesthetics, medical ethics, and philosophy of law. He has written on such topics as privacy, lying, the parent-child relationship, aesthetics of nature, and the virtues. Recent books are: Feminist Ethics in Film: Reconfiguring Care through Cinema (2012), Meta-Narrative in the Movies: Tell Me a Story (2014), and Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film: Kill Bill with Flying Daggers (2018).

Research Areas

Ethics; Aesthetics; Social Philosophy; Modern Philosophy; Philosophy in Film

Education

PhD University of Rochester
BA Queens College

Courses Taught

Moral Theory and Practice (link)
Introduction to Philosophy
Aesthetics
Moral Problems in Medicine (link)
Philosophy of Law
Modern Philosophy
Plato and Popcorn: Philosophy in Film

Selected Publications

Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film: Kill Bill with Flying Daggers (Routledge, 2018).

“What Movies Teach us About Teaching: Excellence and Maleficence in the Classroom,” Film and Philosophy 22 (2017).

“Sainthood and the Good Life,” Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (2016).

“Care, Autonomy and Art in Frida and Camille Claudel,” Film and Philosophy 20 (2015).

Meta-Narrative in the Movies: Tell Me a Story (Palgrave, 2014).

Selected Presentations

“What Movies Teach us About Teaching: Excellence and Maleficence in the Classroom,” Annual Film-Philosophy Conference, Lancaster, UK, July 4-6, 2017.

"Art and Integrity in The Fabulous Baker Boys,” Keynote Address, Arts and Humanities Conference, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, May 15-18, 2018.