Faculty at a glance
- Marcus Adams history of modern philosophy, history and philosophy of science
- Bradley Armour-Garb philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, philosophical logic
- Rachel Cohon ethics, history of ethics, philosophy of action
- Jason D'Cruz ethics, especially moral psychology
- Lisa Fuller applied ethics, political philosophy, feminism, philosophy of law
- Kristen Hessler global justice, agricultural bioethics
- P.D. Magnus [chair] philosophy of science
- Jon Mandle political philosophy, ethics, and their history
- Ron McClamrock philosophy of mind and psychology
- Monika Piotrowska philosophy of biology, bioethics
- Nathan Powers ancient philosophy
- Matthew Mosdell practical rationality
- Robert Howell Kant, history of modern philosophy, philosophy of art
- -- Adjunct Instructors
- -- Emeritus Faculty
Assistant Professor, received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
He specializes in early modern philosophy, especially Thomas Hobbes, and in the history and philosophy of science. His research focuses on issues related to the unity of science in early modern natural philosophy and politics. He also has research interests in philosophy of cognitive science and in bioethics. He has published articles and chapters on topics such as Hobbes's criticisms of Descartes's Meditations, autism spectrum disorder and theory of mind, and physician obligations and role morality. A complete list of his publications is available on his website.
Professor, received his PhD from CUNY and is
a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
His primary interests are in the
philosophy of language, the philosophy of logic, and metaphysics, though
recently he has also been working in epistemology, where he has developed
a version of contextualism without pragmatic encroachment. Much of his work
has regarded truth and paradox. For a complete list of his papers and
books, see his website.
Professor, received her PhD from U.C.L.A.
Her fields of interest are ethics, the philosophy of action, and the history of ethics. She is the author of Hume's Morality: Feeling and Fabrication (Oxford University Press, 2008), a book reinterpreting Hume's meta-ethics and virtue ethics. She has also written a number of articles on Hume's moral and political philosophy and theory of the passions, and on systematic topics related to normative reasons for action. She edited a volume of articles on Hume's ethics, Hume: Moral and Political Philosophy (2001), and wrote the entry on Hume's moral and political philosophy in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. She is also interested in applied ethics and wrote the article on ethical issues pertaining to disability for the Encyclopedia of Bioethics (2003). She teaches graduate courses in moral theory, including such topics as consequentialism vs. deontology vs. virtue ethics, moral realism, the normativity of ethics, and eighteenth century moral philosophy.
Associate Professor, received his PhD from Brown University.
Before coming to UAlbany, he taught at Harvard College, the Zhejiang Institute of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, China, and worked as a researcher at the Joint Center for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He writes on the topics of trust, promises, character, self-deception, and rationalization. He has also done work in bioethics (in particular, trust and consent) and the philosophy of art (in particular, fiction-directed emotion, imaginative resistance, and the autographic/allographic distinction). His recent work appears in academic journals such as Ethics, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. See his website for forthcoming papers.
Assistant Professor, received her PhD from the University of Toronto.
From Sept. 2006 - July 2008 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sheffield. Her main areas of interest are applied ethics (especially global justice), political philosophy, feminism and philosophy of law. She has published on various aspects of global justice, including the obligations of international aid agencies to both beneficiaries and donors.
Associate Professor, received her PhD from the University of Arizona.
Her research focuses on political philosophy (especially issues in global justice, human rights, and international law) and bioethics (with a focus on environmental and agricultural issues). She has published articles on human rights law, international justice, and ethical issues concerning biotechnology in agriculture. She teaches courses in ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy.
She is the director of the interdisciplinary minor in bioethics.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, received his PhD from UC San Diego.
His primary research is in the philosophy of science, motivated by a fallibilist but non-sceptical conception of scientific knowledge.
He has published on underdetermination, scientific realism, and natural kinds; also on related issues in the history of philosophy, social epistemology, and art ontology. He is the author of Scientific Enquiry and Natural Kinds: From Planets to Mallards (2012) as well as dozens of articles. A complete list of his publications is available on his website.
Professor, received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
His primary interests are in contemporary political philosophy and ethics as well as their history. He is the co-editor with David Reidy of The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (2015) and A Companion to Rawls (Blackwell, 2014) and the author of three books: Rawls's A Theory of Justice: An Introduction (2009), Global Justice (2006), and What's Left of Liberalism? An Interpretation and Defense of Justice as Fairness (2000). He has published articles on the work of John Rawls, global justice, public reason, Rousseau, Kant, meta-ethics, and other topics. He teaches courses on contemporary ethical and political philosophy, the history of ethics and political philosophy, and global justice, among other topics. He served as department chair from 2004-2013.
Associate Professor, received his PhD from M.I.T.
He works in the philosophy of psychology, including the foundations of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, as well as more broadly in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science. He is the author of Existential Cognition: Computational Minds in the World (1995) which argues for the centrality of interactivity with the world for a scientific theory of mind. He also teaches and writes on higher-level causation and explanatory pluralism in the sciences, bounded rationality, and the relationship between phenomenology and the sciences of mind.
Assistant Professor, received her PhD from the University of Utah.
Her research is in the philosophy of biology and bioethics, focusing on the conceptual and ethical issues arising from recent advances in genetics and biotechnology. Of special interest are questions regarding biological similarity, e.g., what inferences does biological similarity justify and what are the ethical implications of these inferences? She has looked at biological similarity in the context of comparative genomics, DNA barcoding, genetic engineering, and human-nonhuman chimeras.
Associate Professor, received his PhD from Princeton University.
His research focuses on ancient philosophy, and he has published articles on Socrates, Plato, and various aspects of Hellenistic and later Greek philosophy.
Instructor, received his PhD from the University of Utah.
He works at the intersection of practical and theoretical rationality. On the practical side, he has tried to challenge the traditional assumption that thinking about what to do requires thinking of ourselves as unified agents. On the theoretical, he has worked on problems of vagueness. There, he has argued that different practical problems force upon us different views about concepts, which, in turn, oblige us to accept a variety of alternative systems of logic as legitimate.
Professor, received his PhD from the University of Michigan.
His research and teaching focus on the history of modern philosophy (especially Kant), analytical metaphysics, and aesthetics. He is particularly interested in questions about our representation of and reference to objects, as these questions emerge in the Critique of Pure Reason and related works and in the philosophy of art. He has published essays on Kant's theoretical philosophy and is the author of Kant's Transcendental Deduction (1992). He also has published on representation in the arts and on fictional objects. He teaches graduate courses in Kant, nineteenth century philosophy, aesthetics, and metaphysics. He has held ACLS and NEH grants and in 1982-83 was a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (and a visitor, fall 1983 and summer 2006). During 2007-08 he held a Fulbright fellowship at Moscow State University, where he taught and did research on Kant and on aesthetics.
Professor Howell retired in 2015, but is continuing as an O'Leary Professor through Spring 2017.
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Josiah Gould Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
John Kekes Professor Emeritus
Berel Lang Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus, received his PhD from the State University of New York, Buffalo.
He is interested in the theory of knowledge, and the history of modern empiricism, especially American pragmatism and Hume. He is currently working on Peirce's view of knowledge and realism. His publications include: The Likelihood of Knowledge (1988) and extensive work on topics including the philosophy of CS Peirce.
Harold Morick Associate Professor Emeritus
William Reese Professor Emeritus
Professor Emerita, received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
She specializes in biomedical ethics, particularly reproduction and genetics. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and has served on a number of working groups in the United States and Europe. Recent articles have been on advance directives, dementia, and physician-assisted death, the appeal to nature, and wrongful life and procreative decisions. She is the author of Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses (2011), and the editor or co-editor of several books, including Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, now in its 8th edition (2012).
Anthony Ungar Associate Professor Emeritus
Naomi Zack Professor Emeritus