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Rachel Fedock returned to Barrett, The Honors College, her alma mater, in 2015 after earning her Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Before returning to Barrett, Dr. Fedock taught at the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, as well as the State University of New York, Potsdam. She has previously taught introductory through advanced level courses in philosophy, including logic, ethics, bioethics, feminist ethics, and the intersections between feminism and environmental ethics.
Her dissertation, “The Theoretical and Psychological Foundations of Care in Environmental Ethics,” investigates the phenomenon of care, specifically three neglected dimensions of care within care ethics: the emotions of care, care as a virtue, and the caring person, respectively, while constructing possible conceptions of in what each dimension consists. She utilize her refinements to care ethics in an attempt to resolve environmental dilemmas, arguing that a care-based ethic provides better solutions to environmental issues than non-care based ethics.
Currently, Dr. Fedock is working on a number of projects. Most recently, she has been developing the beginnings of afeminist-focused, ideal theory of love, while also attempting to dismantle the purported dichotomy between justice and care. In addition, she is developing papers on the centrality of desire to ideal caring and differentiating various types of caring relations.