Kate Padgett Walsh


Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies
Office:419 Catt
2224 Osborn Dr.
Ames IA


I teach ethics and the history of ethics. My scholarship explores points of intersection between Hegel’s thought and contemporary issues in ethics. My most recent work examines the ethical dimensions of debt in light of recent social and political developments.

Research Areas

Ethics, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy


PhD Northwestern University (2009)
MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2001)
BS Middlebury College (1999)

Courses Taught

Moral Theory and Practice
Ethical Theory
Value Theory
Honors Seminar: The Ethics of Debt

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
“Reasons Internalism, Hegelian Resources,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 44:2 (2010).

“Distance and Engagement: Hegel’s Account of Critical Reflection,” International Philosophical Quarterly 52:3 (2012).

“A Hegelian Critique of Desire-Based Reasons,” Idealistic Studies 43:3 (2013).

“Building a Better Term Paper: Integrating Scaffolded Writing and Peer Review,” Co-authored with S. Bird and A. Prokos, Teaching Philosophy 37:4 (2014).

“Consent, Kant, and the Ethics of Debt,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 21:2 (2014).

Book Chapter
“The Ethics of Debt Today: Hegelian Reflections on Abusive Lending and the Financial Crisis,” Dimensions of Moral Agency, ed. David Boersma (Cambridge Scholars, 2014).