Dr. Castro's research is centered in Kant scholarship, informed by current science, with a broadly interdisciplinary aim. She is currently working on a book about Kant's metaethics, specifically how to establish a metaphysics of morals as a non-empirical science.
More broadly, Dr. Castro is interested in the family of phenomena involved in acting or cognizing as if, in a wide range of contexts that include an imagination-centered Kantian theory of autism, algorithmic agency and social justice, Immanuel Kant’s peculiar moral imperative to "act as if your maxim were to become by your will a universal law of nature" (aka Kant's formula of nature), and Japanese philosophy of art (mastery and performance in renga and Noh).
At WSU Professor Castro has taught Late Modern Philosophy, Metaethics, Ethical Theory, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Feminism, Philosophy of the Arts, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Humor, and Ethics of Big Data. Dr. Castro is teaching Late Modern Philosophy - inclusively - this semester.
B.A. Mathematics--Applied Science, Specialization in Computing, summa cum laude, UCLA 1993
Ph.D. Philosophy, UCLA 2006
I began my career in bioinformatics, before it was called 'bioinformatics', as a programmer and SysAdmin for the Human Genome Project core facility at UCLA. Recognizing that my undergraduate degree didn't adequately prepare me for the philosophical problems of the work, I turned to philosophy for help understanding things like the nature of homology and function, and the ethics of gene patenting. Somehow I ended up studying Immanuel Kant, who rather predates the discovery of the double-helix. Today I can't claim to be an expert in bioinformatics or epigenetics or microbiomes, but I'm certainly interested. I like systems of all kinds. Mostly I'm interested in cognitive activities like ethical agency, scientific reasoning, and artistic performance.
- Immanuel Kant's philosophy, from logic to aesthetics
- Cognizing as if (hypothetical reasoning, stage/film acting, fiction immersion, acting as 'we' in joint activity and cooperation, idealization in science, or otherwise 'giving oneself objects in imagination' a la Kant)
- Ethics and social justice
- Digital Transformations (big data, AI, algorithms and analytics)
- Japanese philosophy
- Philosophy of science (primarily math, biology, medicine, chemistry)
Courses I teach:
- History of Philosophy: Late Modern Philosophy, Kant
- Ethics: Metaethics, Ethical Theory, History of Ethics, Business Ethics
- Philosophy of the Disciplines: Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Medicine
- Perspectives: Philosophy of Feminism, Philosophy of the Arts, Philosophy of Humor
- First Year Seminars: On Humor, Law
- Ethics of Big Data
Coming up Fall 2023:
- Ethics and Computers
- Survey of African Philosophy or African Ethics
Castro, Susan V. H. (2022) “Paradigms of Smart Farming: Chemical, Ecological, Algorithmic” MDPI Proceedings, 2021 Summit of the International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI), Philosophy and Computing Session.
Castro, Susan V. H. (2020) "Engendering Algorithmic Oppression" Blog of the APA, tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Philosophy.
Castro, Susan V. H. (2019) "A Kantian Theory of the Sensory Processing Subtype of ASD [Autism]" Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics, 6(1):1-15.
Castro, SVH (2018) “Zeami’s Reply to Plato: On the Art of Sarugaku” Japan Studies Association Journal 15(1):1-22.
Castro, Susan V. H. "Ethics of Big Data", WSU Academic Resources Conference, January 2023.
Castro, Susan V. H. Panelist for "Academic Integrity in the Age of AI", WSU Academic Resources Conference, January 2023.
Castro, Susan V. H. “Ethics of Professional Judgment in Dentistry”, Wichita District Dental Society (CME credit in ethics).
Castro, Susan V. H. “Sublime Humor”, APA Central, Philosophy of Humor Session, February 2022.
Castro, Susan V. H. “On the ‘logics’ of renga” Kansas Philosophical Society, February 2020.
Castro, Susan V. H. “The Category-Theoretic Space of Kant’s Imagination”, History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Minneapolis, June 2016.
Castro, Susan V. H. “The Ambitious Idea of Kant’s Corollary”, International Kant Congress, Vienna, September 2015.
Castro, Susan V. H. “Acting as a Double Agent without Becoming Two Faced”, Association of Fundraising Professionals Annual Ethics Seminar, October 17, 2014.
Castro, Susan V. H. Establishing Moral Metaphysics as a Science (monograph)
Castro, Susan V. H. "Algorithmic Intimacy"
Castro, Susan V. H. "Rules and Free Play in Renga"
Castro, Susan V. H. "How to Treat Humanity: Autism and Moral Imagination"
Castro, Susan V. H. and Feleppa, Robert. “Kant’s reply to Zeami: Sarugaku, sensus communis, and perpetual peace”
Castro, Susan V. H. "“The Category-Theoretic Space of Kant’s Imagination”
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