While at the Center, Katia Vavova’s primary focus will be on a project about moral agency. Through a close examination of circumstances that limit our moral agency — such as addiction, illness, and systemic injustice — Vavova aims to challenge one dominant and commonsense conception of the relationship between moral responsibility and blameworthiness and develop an alternative according to which limited or disordered agency is compatible with full responsibility.
Vavova is an associate professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. She is interested in how to understand belief and action for rational but fallible creatures like us. An important theme of her work is that we can make theoretical progress by focusing on everyday problems that lay bare our rational or moral faults and weaknesses. Her published work thus far has been in epistemology (on the significance of disagreement), metaethics (on moral skepticism), and philosophy of action (on how to deliberate in light of weaknesses and failures).