Catherine Fullarton

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PhD Student

PhD Candidate (ABD)
cfullar [at] emory [dot] edu


MA Philosophy, Ryerson University, 2013
BAH Contemporary Studies & History, University of King’s College, 2010


Ethics (esp. Virtue Ethics & Bioethics), Phenomenology (esp. Merleau-Ponty)


Ancient Philosophy (esp. Aristotle), Philosophy of Emotions.

Other Research Interests

Pedagogy, Philosophy of Science.

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

  • PHIL 115: Introduction to Ethics, Emory University, Department of Philosophy (Fall 2019)
  • PHIL 126: Mind, Brain, Self, Evolution,
    Emory University, Department of Philosophy (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 116: Introduction to Bioethics
    Emory University, Department of Philosophy (Fall 2017)

Co-Teacher (Occasional Lecturer & Grader)

  • PHIL 200: Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
    Emory University, Department of Philosophy
    (Spring 2016)

Teaching Assistant (Occasional Lecturer & Grader):

  • PHIL 116: Introduction to Bioethics
    Emory University, Department of Philosophy
    (Fall 2016)

Graduate Assistant (Tutorial Leader & Grader):

  • GRAD 700: Progress – An Interdisciplinary Reflection, Emory University, CFDE (Spring 2019)
  • ACS 100: Ideas that Shape the World
    Ryerson University, Department of Arts & Contemporary Studies
    (Fall 2013 & Fall 2014)
  • PHL 366: Existentialism in Art and Culture
    Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
    (Fall 2011)
  • SSH 105: Critical Thinking I
    Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
    (Winter 2011)

Graduate Assistant (Grader):

  • PHL 333: Philosophy of Human Nature
    Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
    (Fall 2010)
  • PHL 606: Philosophy of Love and Sex
    Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
    (Winter 2013, Winter 2014 & Winter 2015)
  • PHL 504: Philosophy of Art
    Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
    (Winter 2012)


Scholarly Review Essays & Book Reviews

  • Fullarton, Catherine. Rev. of Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life, by Michael Marder. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 53:2 (June 2014): 377-378.
  • Fullarton, Catherine. Rev. of The Ethics of Species: An Introduction, by Ronald L. Sandler. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 52:4 (December 2013): 822-824..
  • Fullarton, Catherine. Rev. of Understanding Criminal Justice: A Critical Introduction, by Azrini Wahidin and Nicola Carr. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review. 21 March 2014.

Translation Work

  • Trans. of Antonia Lamarra, “The Genetic Context and Initial Reception of Leibniz’s Monadologie. Leibniz, Wolff and the Doctrine of Pre-Established Harmony.” Forthcoming in Leibniz Studies Vol. 28 (2019).
  • Trans. of Claudia Baracchi, Friendship (in progress for Indiana University Press).

Conference Presentations & Workshops

Conference Presentations

  • “Empathy, Perspective, Parallax,” International Merleau-Ponty Circle, Fordham University, New York, USA (September 2019).
  • “Living with Ghosts: Being Haunted as a Structure of Experience,” International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (August 2018).
  • “Co-Perception and Shared Worlds in Aristotelian Virtue Friendships,” Collegium Phaenomenologicum Participants’ Conference, Citta di Castello, Italy (July 2018).
  • “Emotional Work-in-Progress: Empathy as a (Self-)Hermeneutic.” Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, Toronto, Canada (June 2016).
  • “Merleau-Ponty on Emotional Healing as Taking Time.” Concordia-Ryerson Joint Graduate Workshop on Intimacy, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (December 2013).
  • “Pain as an Intersubjective Experience.” Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada (June 2013).
  • “Nature as Absolute Other: The Experience of the Sublime and Radical Alterity.” Concordia Ryerson Joint Graduate Workshop on Merleau-Ponty, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (December 2012).
  • “On the Possibility of Animal Suicide.” Concordia-Ryerson Joint Graduate Workshop on Animality, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (April 2011).

Service & Departmental Talks

  • Public Talk, “Grief as a Transformative Experience,” Death Cafe hosted by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Department of Philosophy, 2019
  • Paper, “Living with Ghosts,” Philosophy Forum at Emory, 2017
  • Panelist, “The Ethics of CRISP-R,” Emory Biotech Club event
  • Paper, “Towards an Empathy of Asking,” Philosophy Forum at Emory, 2016.
  • Respondent to David Wood’s “The Unthinkable and the Im-possible,” Emory Philosophy Forum’s Speaker Series, 2016.
  • Guest Lecture, “Health Within Illness,” PHIL 129 – Introduction to the Philosophy of Health and Medicine, Emory University, 2016.
  • President, Philosophy Forum, Emory University, 2016-2017.
  • Committee Member, Philosophy Forum Conference Planning Committee, 2016-2017.
  • Referee, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophic Review, 2014.
  • Referee, 24th Annual Bioethics Society Conference, 2013.
  • Treasurer, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, Ryerson University, 2010-2012.
  • Treasurer, Dalhousie History Society, Dalhousie University, 2008-2009.


  • Laney Graduate School Fellowship, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2015-2020
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2015-2019 (renewable for 4 years)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2012
  • Ryerson Graduate Award, Ryerson University, 2010 & 2011
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2010
  • Dalhousie French Department Award for Academic Excellence, 2009
  • King’s University Scholarship, 2007, 2008 & 2009
  • George David Harris Memorial Scholarship, 2006


French – fluent
Italian – reading comprehension
Spanish – reading comprehension
Attic Greek – beginner

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