Cecilea Mun

Visiting Assistant Professor


I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, with the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Louisville, KY, the founding director of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion, and the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion. I have a total of 15 years teaching experience at the undergraduate level of education, and have taught at a variety of institutions, including community colleges, public land grant institutions, and one of the largest public universities in the country. I was also a visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Sheffield.

I have a wide range of interests, including philosophy of emotion, mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of science, feminist philosophy, moral psychology, ethics, and political philosophy, which are all reflected in my current interest in understanding how emotions and emotion attributions, especially the emotion of shame, function intra-personally, interpersonally, and within a society as a whole in order to play the roles that they do in 1) strategic decision-making; 2) what the various emotion feeling rules/norms are that a society can or does instill in order to alter or influence the intra-personal, interpersonal, and societal functions that emotions serve; 3) how societies instill these emotion rules/norms; 4) how distinct hierarchical relationships between members of a society mediate the influence of emotions in strategic decision-making processes; and 5) how specific environmental, social, and economic conditions contribute to the development and implementation of these emotion rules.

More specifically, I am currently pursuing research on the role of shame, recognition, and epistemic injustice in the #MeToo movement and South Korean demands for redress from Japan for the sexual slavery of Korean women before and during WWII. This research is a part of a larger, ongoing, research interest on the emotion of shame that is reflected in my edited collection Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics (Lexington Books, 2019), which was recommended by CHOICE, and includes an original chapter on the unification of shame, "Unification through the Rationalities and Intentionalities of Shame," and a reprint of my Hypatia paper, "Rationality through the Eyes of Shame: Oppression and Liberation via Emotion" (2019). I am also currently putting together an edited collection on cultures of shame.

My current research interest is rooted not only in my interest in shame, but also in my previous work on the interdisciplinary foundations for the science of emotion, such as my PhD dissertation and my articles, "The Rationalities of Emotion" (Phenomenology and Mind 2016), "Natural Kinds, Social Constructions, and Ordinary Language: Clarifying the Crisis in the Science of Emotion" (Journal of Social Ontology 2016), and "How Emotions Know: Naturalizing Epistemology via Emotions" (in The Value of Emotions for Knowledge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), all of which form the basis for my forthcoming monograph, Interdisciplinary Foundations for the Science of Emotion: Unification without Consilience (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2021).

Finally, I am passionate about concerns regarding diversity and inclusiveness in higher education, including identifying the detrimental effects of the business model on efforts toward diversifying philosophy and making it a more inclusive discipline. Some of my contributions toward achieving these ends can be found in my article, "The Many Harms of SETs in Higher Education" (Symposion, 2020), and my APA Blog Post Contribution, "Pushing Back Against the Business Model.