All members of the department are actively engaged in research projects related to their areas of expertise. Their outside publishing and professional activities add an important dimension to in-class teaching. Philosophy faculty regularly teach upper-level courses directly related to their research interests. For example, in recent years faculty have held seminars on the development of modern moral philosophy, the moral and political philosophy of David Hume, and the empiricism of the contemporary philosopher, W.V.O. Quine.

Our philosophy faculty members include:


Areas of Expertise

Research Interests

Courses Taught


Mary Clayton Coleman

Ethics and philosophy of action; metaphysics, philosophy of mind; history of modern philosophy

The nature of action, the foundations of ethics, and the relationship between those two issues

  • Rights and Wrongs
  • Mind and World
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind


Mark Criley

 Philosophy of language; epistemology; philosophy of law; meta-ethics; philosophical logic

The logic of abstract/contested concepts; the connection between philosophy of language and legal interpretation

  •  Logic
  • What is Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Language


Andrew Engen

Moral theory; moral psychology; political philosophy; applied ethics; ancient philosophy

 The Justification of State Punishment, The Moral Significance of Emotions

  • Medical Ethics
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethical Theory


Emily Kelahan

 Early modern philosophy; metaphysics; epistemology; philosophy of religion

The metaphysical and epistemological views of early modern philosophers such as Hume, Descartes, and Newton; and theories of cognition in the early modern period

  • Mind and World
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Major Philosophers
  • Hume's Philosophy of Religion


Visiting Faculty:

Michael Roche
CLA 128

Adjunct Faculty:

Eric Schaaf
CLA 144