Dr. Scott Campbell
Associate Professor, Chair
GAC - 499
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Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College
My major research interest is in the nature of the human being and the exploration of that nature through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, I am interested in the problem of language and the role that language plays in human life. What is the nature of language, and how does it relate to the structure of the human being? Recently, I have written on issues in education and communication, especially as these relate to the notion of the practical in the early work of Martin Heidegger. My research focuses primarily on the philosophy of Heidegger, his interpretations of ancient philosophy, hermeneutics, and Contemporary European thought. I teach Contemporary philosophy, political theory, ethics, Aristotelian logic, and Classical American philosophy.
Dr. Patricia Bowen-Moore
GAC - 473
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Education: B.A., Carlow College; M.A., Duquesne University; M.A. and Ph.D., Boston College
Early in my study of philosophy, I was intrigued by the question: What constitutes the idea of person? Central to our understanding of ourselves and the world we hold in common, the question of the idea of person guided me in my reading of Hannah Arendt's political philosophy, particularly her emphasis on person as 'beginner'; Edith Stein's phenomenology of empathy and how we come to know the psychic life of others; modern philosophers [Descartes-Kant] and the problem of consciousness; the Existentialists' approach to the human being as 'the measure of all things'; and an examination of the philosophical underpinnings of selected texts in literature. At this time, my research focuses on "Two Interpretations of Person: Karol Wojtyla and Edith Stein."
In the undergraduate Liberal Arts Program, I teach: Logic & Inquiry, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy through Literature "Philosophy of Love"), Twentieth Century Women Philosophers, and Existentialism. Along with other members of the department, I share responsibility for teaching a Philosophy Honors Seminar.
Dr. John T. Edelman
GAC - 483
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Education: B.A. and M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., University of Wales, United Kingdom
While my earliest published writings primarily concern modern moral and political philosophy, in more recent years my research and writing have been devoted largely to issues in the philosophy of religion, with particular attention to medieval and ancient authors such as Aquinas, Anselm, Augustine and Plato. In all of this work, however, Wittgenstein has been a constant influence.
Another great interest of mine these days is the tradition of Western European epic poetry, more specifically: Homer, Virgil and Dante. I have taught a course on these three authors entitled: 'Virgil's Worlds.'
Meanwhile, I teach our two logic courses (Phl 101 and Phl 201), both devoted more to ancient than to modern logic. My other regular courses are Medieval Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. In all of my teaching I am pre-occupied by questions about the nature of logic and of language and by questions about the relation between language and reality. But I take it that these have been fundamental questions throughout the history of philosophy.
Dr. Heidi M. Northwood
GAC - 481
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Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment
Education: B.A. and M.A., University of Western Ontario; Ph.D., University of Alberta
My main research interests lie in ancient Greek philosophy and science. As a graduate student, I explored the use of ancient music theory and structures in classical philosophical and scientific texts. Currently, I am interested in Plato's conception of philosophy, and how geometry is supposed to be a preparation for it, both epistemologically and ethically. Recently, I have presented papers on Plato and the Liberal Arts, Plato on poetry and philosophy, and why the Cyclops in Euripides' Cyclops cannot carry a tune.
In addition to teaching our introductory Logic and Inquiry course, I regularly teach Western Political Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy & History of Sicily, a seminar on Plato, and Introductory Classical Greek (a language course).
Mr. Dennis Prescott
GAC - 490
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Education: M.A., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Mr. Adrian Arellano
GAC - 490
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Education: M.A., Texas Tech University