Larisa Svirsky, PhD

Post Doctoral Scholar

Larisa Svirsky


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Professional Overview

Larisa Svirsky is a philosopher working in bioethics, normative ethics, and moral psychology. Her research at OSU is part of a project called Regulating Addiction: Paternalism, Stigma, and Health Disparities. Her long-term research has focused on our social practices of holding others responsible and how those practices involve vulnerable populations, such as children and people with mental illness and addiction. Currently she is engaged in research on the practice of using opioid treatment agreements, on e-cigarette regulation, and on the ethics of harm reduction.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
M.A., Tufts University

Selected Publications

"Holding Responsible Reconsidered," forthcoming, Public Affairs Quarterly

"Opioid Treatment Agreements and Patient Accountability," forthcoming, Hastings Center Report

"Responsibility and the Problem of So-Called Marginal Agents", 2020, Journal of the American Philosophical Association 

"Weakness of Will" (with Sarah Stroud), 2019, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy