Emily McRae

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Wisconsin
Research areas: Ethics, Feminism, Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy

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I specialize in ethics, feminism and Buddhist philosophy, particularly Tibetan Buddhism. Much of my work is devoted to issues regarding the emotions, morality and contemplative practices such as meditation. I am curious about questions such as: What insights do we get (or not get) from experiencing a particular emotion? How do we cultivate our emotions and transform our emotional dispositions? Can we choose our emotions? How does the process of cultivating and transforming emotions, especially through meditation practices, figure into one's moral development? Is meditation at odds with cultivating deep personal relationships or are they mutually supportive practices?

I also enjoy reading and writing about ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, particularly Stoicism, and ancient Chinese philosophy. I am also a student of Tibetan language and enjoy reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and listening to Tibetan Buddhist teachers whenever I can.


Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
History of Ethics
Feminist Philosophy
Comparative Philosophy
Ethical Theory
Buddhist Philosophy


Junior Faculty Fellowship, from Vice Provost of Research, University of Oklahoma (2012)

American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship (2010 – 2011)

University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in Humanities Dissertation Fellowship (2010)

University of Wisconsin Madison Honored Instructor Award (2009)


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“Emotions and Choice: Lessons from Tsongkhapa,” 27 pp. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 2012. (.pdf)

“A Passionate Buddhist Life,” 28pp. Journal of Religious Ethics, forthcoming 2011. (.pdf)

“The Cultivation of Moral Feelings and Mengzi’s Method of Extension,” 24 pp. Philosophy East and West 62:1, forthcoming October 2011. (.pdf)

Work Under Review or in Progress

“Equanimity and the Elimination of Bias,” 28pp. (Under review)

“Transforming Anger: Three Approaches to the Morality of Anger,” 15 pp

“Therapies of the Emotions and the Psychology of Moral Improvement,” 30 pp