Sara Chan

Sara Chan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Graduate Fellow (2023-2024)
  • Disability, Testimony, and Love

Sara Chan is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical issues surrounding marginalization, particularly marginalization due to cognitive disability. She is also particularly interested in how love can play a central role in value theory. Some of the research questions driving her dissertation are: What kind of authority does personal experience of a condition engender? How does love affect caregiver testimony about their charge? How may our conceptions of the good life accommodate the experience of the cognitively disabled?

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Sara graduated from the University of St Andrews (M.A., first class, Philosophy and Psychology, 2016) and the University of Oxford (BPhil in Philosophy, 2019). She was the recipient of the Psychology Prize (2013) and the Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship at St Andrews (2015), and the Graduate Justice Fellowship at Notre Dame (2022-2023).