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 later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Our philosophy faculty members include:

  • Thomas Blanchard

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    (Philosophy of science; metaphysics; epistemology; decision theory)

    The place of causation in physics and the special sciences; evidential and causal decision theory


  • Mary Clayton Coleman

    Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy

    (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

    Contact: (309)

  • Mark Criley

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    (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

    Contact: (309)

  • Andrew Engen

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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

    The Justification of State Punishment, The Moral Significance of Emotions

    Contact: (309)

  • Emily Kelahan

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    (Early modern philosophy; metaphysics; epistemology; philosophy of religion)

    The philosophical views of early modern thinkers such as Hume, Descartes, and Newton; character and its relationship to epistemology and aesthetics

    Contact: (309)