Amber Spence | College of Arts

Amber Spence

PhD Student
Philosophy
Email: 
aspenc04@uoguelph.ca

That rape is morally wrong is not controversial; we can all seem to agree that it is wrong and that it is a unique kind of crime. What philosophers can’t seem to agree on, however, is where that moral wrongness is located. Some believe that it’s located in the objectifying nature of the act, while others contend that the moral wrongness can be found in the nonconsensual nature of the act. Still others posit that it’s neither objectification nor lack of consent, but rather that the wrongness is to be found in the concept of coercion, or perhaps the ways that rape is linked to gender inequality and rape culture.

In my research, I investigate these claims to construct a trauma-informed view of the moral wrongness of rape. While my views are still tentative, I suspect that the unique moral wrongness of rape lies in both the multiple wrongs involved in the act as well as its potential to cause deep and long-lasting harm to the survivor.

2011-2013                       Master of Arts, Philosophy, Ryerson University

                                          Major Research Paper: Finding Identity Through Trauma

                                      

2007-2011                       Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Philosophy with an emphasis in applied ethics, Trent University

2021                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at The Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE) held online June 4th

2021                                  Chair, Feminist Session on June 2 at The Canadian Philosophical Association, conference held online May 31st – June 3rd

2021                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at The Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA), held online May 31st – June 3rd

2021                                  Chair, at Reel Politics: Film, Radical Politics, and Solidarity, University of Guelph, held Online May 26th – 27th

2021                                  Invited Presenter,Ethical Help During COVID-19: To Visit, or Not To Visit?" at the Department of Philosophy Speaker Series, University of Guelph, March 26 2021, held Online

2020                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) 8, postponed due to COVID-19

2020                                  Presenter, “Telling Tales: Recovering in the Aftermath of Trauma” at the Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP) 2020, May 7-9 2020, held Online.

2020                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at The Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) held at Western University, June 1-4 2020. Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19.

2020                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at The Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE) held at Western University, May 31-June 2 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19.

2020                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at ENGAGE 2020, March 28th 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19.

2020                                  Invited Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker”, at The Great Lakes Philosophy Conference 2020 held at Siena Heights University, April 3-5. Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.

2020                                  Presenter, “The Responsive Diversity Worker” at Critical Reflections Conference 2020 held at the University of Windsor, March 27-29, 2020. Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.

2019                                  Volunteer for the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP): The Flavour of Feminism Food, held at the University of Guelph October 25-27

2013                                  Comments for Canadian Philosophical Association in response to Lisa Pelot’s “Mistakes in Reasoning: The ‘Sexed’ Brain and Gendered Behaviour”

2011                                  Presenter and Commenter, Ryerson/Concordia Graduate Workshop: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception

2021                                  “The Responsive Diversity Worker”, forthcoming in The Canadian Journal of Practical Ethics, Volume 7.

2020                                  “The Precarity of Happiness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics” GNOSIS: Graduate Journal of Philosophy 19/20, Concordia University

2020-2021                       Awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

2021 Winter Term        Introductory Philosophy: Social and Political Issues, Teaching Assistant. University of Guelph

2020 Fall Term               Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship, Teaching Assistant. University of Guelph

2020 Winter Term        Ethics, Teaching Assistant. University of Guelph

2020 Winter Term        Philosophy of Love, Grader. Trent University

2019 Fall Term               Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship, Teaching Assistant. University of Guelph

2013 Winter Term        Critical Thinking, Grader, Ryerson University

2012-2013                       Critical Thinking, Teaching Assistant, Ryerson University

2011-2012                       Existentialism, Art and Culture, Teaching Assistant, Ryerson University

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.