Becca Rothfield

Becca Rothfield

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Becca Rothfeld is a PhD candidate in philosophy. Her research focuses on the relationship between different sorts of value, in particular the relationship between aesthetic and moral value. Her dissertation will explore some of the aesthetic and ethical questions surrounding the issue of human beauty. She will ask, for instance, what human beauty amounts to; what is wrong, both ethically and aesthetically, with existing beauty norms; and whether there is an unobjectionable way to equalize access to sexual and romantic “goods.” Becca also maintains background interests in Martin Heidegger and the philosophy of art and literature. At Harvard, she has led sections on the history of philosophy. She has also co-organized a graduate conference on the ethics of love and sex with the aid of a Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Conference Grant. She holds a BA in philosophy and German from Dartmouth College and an MPhil in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Before she arrived at Harvard, she served as assistant literary editor of The New Republic

Current Role

Graduate Fellows