Sharon Street

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Sharon Street
Alma materAmherst College
Harvard University
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
InstitutionsNew York University
Harvard University
Main interests
Metaethics, normative ethics
Notable ideas
The metaethical implications of evolutionary biological explanations of normative capacities

Sharon Street (born 1973) is a Professor of Philosophy and Associate Chair of the Department of Philosophy at New York University.[1] She specializes in metaethics, focussing in particular on how to reconcile our understanding of normativity with a scientific conception of the world.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Street received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1995 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. Street's doctoral dissertation examined the metaethical implications of evolutionary biological explanations of our normative capacities, and whether such explanations might have an undermining effect on our moral and other normative commitments.

Street is currently Professor of Philosophy at New York University. She joined the NYU Philosophy Department in 2002.[2]

Philosophical work[edit]

Street's work has been particularly influential in the fields of metaethics, where she defends a doctinre she calls "Humean Constructivism", a term she uses to differentiate her work from the "Kantian Constructivism" of her mentor, Christine Korsgaard.[3] In addition to the development of Humean Constructivism, Street has also been an influential critic of naturalist and non-naturalist accounts of moral realism, as well as quasi-realist and theist metaethical positions.[4]

Bibliography (selected)[edit]

  • Street, Sharon (January 2006). "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value". Philosophical Studies. Springer. 127 (1): 109–166. Pdf.
  • Street, Sharon (2008). Russ Shafer-Landau, ed. "Constructivism about Reasons". Oxford Studies in Metaethics. Oxford Clarendon Press. 3: 207–245.
  • Street, Sharon (2009). "In Defense of Future Tuesday Indifference: Ideally Coherent Eccentrics and the Contingency of What Matters". Philosophical Issues (a supplement to Noûs). Wiley. 19 on "Metaethics": 273–298.Pdf.
  • Street, Sharon (2010). "What is Constructivism in Ethics and Metaethics?". Philosophy Compass. Wiley. 5: 363–384.
  • Street, Sharon (2016). Peter Singer, ed. "Nothing 'Really' Matters, but That's Not What Matters". Does Anything Really Matter: Parfit on Objectivity. Oxford University Press.


  1. ^ a b "Online directory (New York University)". New York University. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  2. ^ >"Curriculum Vitae (Sharon Street)". Academia. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ Jezzi, Nathaniel. "Constructivism in Metaethics". IEP. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ Dorsey, Dale. "Featured Philosopher: Sharon Street". PEASoup. Retrieved 8 March 2017.