School of Politics, Philosophy, & Public Affairs

Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture

Nancy Sherman

Nancy Sherman is university professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and a fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She served as the inaugural Distinguished Chair of Ethics at the United States Naval Academy from 1997–1999.

Her recent research focuses on military ethics, the battlefield mind of the soldier, and the moral weight of war. She is also an expert on the emotions and the history of moral philosophy.

Her recent books include The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers (Norton Press, March 2010) and Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Sherman has served as a consultant to the United States Navy and Naval Academy, and she has appeared on numerous television and radio programs discussing military ethics and ethics in general. She is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards, including NEH, Mellon, APA, and ACLS fellowships.

Sherman holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University and an M.Litt. in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.


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