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Dr. Marilie  Coetsee
Dr. Marilie Coetsee
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Marilie Coetsee's research focuses on the ethics of disagreement. Her current work examines the significance of research in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral psychology for how parties to a disagreement should respond it, and she is specifically concerned to apply the lessons from these fields to debates in political philosophy about how deep disagreements between citizens should best be managed. Her work emphasizes the importance of inquiry and belief revision, as opposed to merely practical compromise, as an significant component of ethical responses to disagreement.

Dr. Coetsee also does work in philosophy of religion, religious studies, and Islamic ethics. In addition to her research on the ethics of disagreement, she is currently studying the ethical views of al-Ghazâlî, a prominent Muslim philosopher of the medieval period.

Dr. Coetsee teaches Leadership Ethics in the Jepson School.

Selected Publications

Aronowitz, Sara, Marilie Coetsee, and Amir Saemi. “The Problem of Arbitrary Requirements: An Abrahamic Perspective.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (September 9, 2020).


Coetsee, M. "The Phenomenal Appreciation of Reasons (Or: How Not to Be a Psychopath)." In Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 15, edited by Russ Shafer-Landau. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020. 

Ph.D., Rutgers University 2018
M.A., Rutgers University 2018
Religious Studies
M.A., Stanford University 2011
B.A., Stanford University 2010
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Contact Information
Room 119D Jepson Hall
(804) 287-6451
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Political philosophy
Ethics and religion
Moral psychology