Illinois Wesleyan


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:

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Mary Clayton Coleman

Associate Professor 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) 556-3705 mcolema2

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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)

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Andrew Engen

Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy

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

The Justification of State Punishment, The Moral Significance of Emotions

Contact: (309)

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Robert Erlewine

Issac Funk Endowed Professor of Philosophy

(Modern Jewish thought; philosophy or religion (especially History of Philosophy); Judaism; continental philosophy)

The religious diversity and the challenges of tolerance and pluralism, Judaism throughout the ages, Diasporic Judaism (especially American Jewish thought), philosophers reading the Bible, and the problem of evil.

Contact: (309)

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Emily Kelahan

Associate Professor of Philosophy, on leave 2021 - 2023

(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)


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