Iskra Fileva
Assistant Professor

Hellems 269A

TR 2:15-3:15pm; and by appointment


Iskra Fileva (Ph.D., Boston University, 2009). Professor Fileva joined the department in Fall 2014. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, Boulder, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Professor Fileva specializes in ethics, moral psychology, and issues at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry. She also does some work in aesthetics and epistemology.

The main focus of Professor Fileva's research is on the connections and tensions between conscious and unconscious motivation, the links between rational and psychological explanations of action, the influence of character and personality traits on reasons for action, and the boundary between irrationality and mental disorder. She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled: "Ghost Writers of the Soul", in which she explores the role of unconscious motivation and unchosen psychological facts on action and identity. She is also the editor of Questions of Character, an interdisciplinary volume of essays featuring work by leading philosophers, psychologists, and social scientists, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. View the anthology's contents page here. Read the preface. Order the collection at a 30% discount.

In 2013, Professor Fileva became the winner of the Character Project's Essay Award. Read her prize-winning essay here. Listen to an interview with her here.

For more information on Professor Fileva's teaching and research, including a list of publications, see her CV.