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Faculty Profiles

  • Laura McAlinden

    Professor and Chair of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 327
    Tel:
    508.531.2789


    Dr. McAlinden teaches courses in History of Modern Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, and Free Will and Determinism. Her main areas of research include Leibniz, Malebranche, and the metaphysics of causation.

    Degrees

    BA, Mount Holyoke College
    MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

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  • Matthew R. Dasti

    Matthew R. Dasti
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 335
    Tel:
    508.531.2857

    Professor Dasti's primary research interests center on the classical schools of Hindu philosophy.  His general interests include epistemology, philosophy of religion, Chinese philosophy and ancient Greek thought. He has published in a number of journals and collections that include Apeiron, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Philosophy East and West, and Asian Philosophy. He is co-editor of Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author of The Nyāya-sūtra: Selections with Early Commentaries (Hackett, 2017).

    Degrees

    BA, Rutgers University
    MA, PhD, University of Texas

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  • William J. Devlin

    Associate Professor of Philosophy, FLR Course Coordinator
    319 Tillinghast Hall
    Tel:
    508.531.2602

    Prof. Devlin's research interests focus on three areas of philosophy: (1) philosophy of science (including the realism-antirealism debate, scientific change, causality, and the philosophy of Thomas Kuhn), (2) continental philosophy (more specifically, 19th century philosophy, existentialism, and Friedrich Nietzsche), and (3) philosophy of popular culture (especially philosophy of film). His recent work includes a paper concerning Sartre's existential analysis of moral dilemmas (in the journal Film and Philosophy), the Philosophy of David Lynch, and the forthcoming volume in Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions-50 years on. He teaches classes in philosophy of science, existentialism, 19th century philosophy, Nietzsche, and logic. Dr. Devlin is on sabbatical Fall 2014.

    Degrees

    MA, University of Wyoming
    BA, PhD, Boston University

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  • Gal Kober

    Gal Kober
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 326
    Tel:
    508.531.1817

    Professor Kober works and teaches primarily in applied ethics, with a focus on bioethics. Her research is centered on questions of autonomy and informed consent, with further interests in disability, economic justice, and scientific classification. Professor Kober’s doctoral work was in the philosophy of biology, focusing on the concept of species. Prior to coming to Bridgewater, she taught at Tufts University for four years. Between 2013 and 2015, Professor Kober was Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently an Ethics Associate and community member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee, and a member of the Community Ethics Committee at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. 

    Degrees

    BA, Tel Aviv University
    PhD, Boston University

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  • James Pearson

    James Pearson
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Acting FLR Course Coordinator (Fall 2014)
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 325
    Tel:
    508.531.2851

    James Pearson is the philosophy department’s specialist in analytic philosophy, an approach which focuses on scrutinizing the logic and language of philosophical arguments. His recent work has examined the history of explication, which is a process by which inquirers construct precise, new concepts to replace old, vague ones. He has published articles in such venues as The Monist, Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, and Social Theory and Practice. In addition to teaching Symbolic Logic each semester, Professor Pearson offers classes in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and 20th Century philosophy. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Epistemology, Metaphysics, History of Analytic Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Language and Mind

    Degrees

    BA, University of Oxford
    PhD, University of Pittsburgh

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  • Aeon J. Skoble

    Aeon J. Skoble
    Professor of Philosophy; Co-coordinator of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 341
    Tel:
    508.531.2460

    Professor Skoble is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government (Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011).  Besides his academic work, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His main research includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, and virtue ethics.  In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000). 

    Degrees

    BA, University of Pennsylvania
    MA, PhD, Temple University

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  • Catherine Womack

    Professor of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 330
    Tel:
    508.531.2259

    Dr. Womack's primary research is in the philosophy of public health and medicine. Her most recent articles are based on qualitative social science research on eating, agency, and social networks in collaboration with Norah Mulvaney-Day, PhD, of The Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research in Somerville, MA. She teaches a variety of Second Year Seminars based on that research, notably You Don't Want Fries with That: Food, Identity and Human Agency, and Issues in Global Public Health Ethics. In addition she teaches Philosophy of Mind and Language, Knowledge and Skepticism, Technology and Values, and Foundations of Logical Reasoning.

    Degrees

    BA, University of South Carolina
    PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Emeriti Faculty Profiles

  • Robert Fitzgibbons

    Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.2459


    Dr. Fitzgibbons still teaches Foundations of Logical Reasoning for BSU online. His main areas of research include ethical justification and the nature of concepts.

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  • Ed James

    Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.1379


    Professor James has published in such journals as Mind, Philosophy, and Ethics, where he has primarily focused on questions of the nature of justification and ethical pluralism.

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  • Steven M. Sanders

    Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.1379

    Steven Sanders took early retirement at the end of 2003 to write full time. His recent publications include The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film, The Philosophy of TV Noir (with Aeon J. Skoble), and the forthcoming Hitchcock as Moralist (with R. Barton Palmer) and The Philosophy of Michael Mann (with Palmer and Skoble).

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