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Heather Salazar

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.S., Psychology, Arizona State University
B.A., Philosophy, Arizona State University

My research focuses on a cluster of related issues surrounding the nature, origin, and force of our obligations to ourselves and others. Within this general domain, my current work is on enlightened self-interest both within Western perspectives (neo-Kantian constructivism and philosophical psychology) and Eastern traditions (Yogic philosophy and Buddhism). I argue that as people become better acquainted with themselves and the world, that natural motivations for caring about others often converge with philosophical arguments for governing our relationships with respect, kindness, and love. My teaching often centers on these issues within my classes in Ethics and Personality, Ethics, Ethics Across the Continents, Business Ethics, and Modern and Contemporary Philosophy.



Normative Ethics

East-West Comparative Philosophy

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophical Psychology

Philosophy of Language

Business Ethics



Heather Salazar (2021). Creating a Shared Morality (forthcoming) . : Brill.

Roderick Nicholls and Heather Salazar, Editors (2021). Mind Over Matter (forthcoming) . : Brill.

Heather Salazar, Editor (2019). Intro to Philosophy of Mind . : Rebus.

Heather Salazar and Roderick Nicholls, Editors (2018). Philosophy of Spirituality . : Brill.

Book Chapters

Heather Salazar (2019). Materialism and Behaviorism . In Heather Salazar (Eds.), Intro to Philosophy of Mind : Rebus.

Heather Salazar (2018). Is Yogic Enlightenment Dependent Upon God? . In Heather Salazar and Roderick Nicholls (Eds.), Philosophy of Spirituality : Brill.

Heather Salazar (2013). A Fate Worse than Death? . In Shaun Young and Court Lewis (Eds.), Futurama and Philosophy : Philosophy and Popular Culture Series, Open Court.

Heather Salazar (2013). Self-Interest . In Robert Fastiggi (Eds.), The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Series on Ethics and Morality (Print Volume) : Gale Cengage Learning,.

Heather Salazar (2012). Why Are You Standing on My Yoga Mat?! . In Liz Swan (Eds.), Yoga and Philosophy: Bending Mind and Body : Blackwell.

Heather Salazar (2008). Kantian Business Ethics . In Fritz Allhoff and Anand J. Vaidya (Eds.), Business in Ethical Focus : Broadview Press.

Heather Salazar (2008). Competition and Reasons of Autonomy: A Rejection of Korsgaards Theory of Reasons . In Patricia Hannah (Eds.), An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, vol. II Athens, Greece : ATINER.

Journal Articles

Heather Salazar (2014 , December ). Descartes' and Patanjali's Conceptions of the Self . Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion ,19 , 130-145.