Carter Hardy

Visiting Assistant Professor
Humanities Building 421

Research and Teaching Interests: Bioethics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Emotion

Office Hours: M/W 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; and by appointment


  • B.A., University of Central Florida, Philosophy
  • M.A., University of South Florida, Philosophy
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, Philosophy

I was born and raised in Florida, receiving my BA in philosophy from the University of Central Florida and both my MA and PhD from the University of South Florida. Throughout my life, I have always been interested in ethics. After taking my first ethics class in undergrad, I committed to a philosophy major. I am fascinated by the evolution of ethical theory over the years, as well as all of the different topics that ethics addresses, including our treatment of animals, the environment, and each other. I eventually followed my philosophical interests to a focus on bioethics, which is now my main area of research.

Aside from ethics, I have a long running interest and investment in the philosophy of emotion. Emotions, moods, and feelings are integral parts of our daily lives. They affect the way we know the world, our interactions with each other, and how we make ethical decisions. As such, I find them to be essential to discussions in bioethics, especially concerning the physician-patient relationship.

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Professional Ethics
  • Science and Society
  • Hardy, Carter. 2017. Empathizing with Patients: The Role of Interaction and Narratives in Providing Better Patient Care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 20(2): 237-248.
  • Hardy, Carter. 2016. The Three Problems for Contagion Empathy. Philosophia. doi: 10.1007/s11406-016-9716-9.
  • American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion (EPSSE)
  • Florida Philosophical Association (FPA)
  • Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS)
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)