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Larry Krasnoff, Professor and Chair

Larry Krasnoff is originally from Philadelphia, and he has been teaching at the College since 1998-99. He has a B.A. in history and mathematics from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. His main interests are in moral and political philosophy and in the history of philosophy; he is especially interested in Kant and Kant’s relation to contemporary liberal political theory.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. in Philosophy and PoliticalScience, 1995) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2003). Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.

Deborah Boyle

Deborah Boyle earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College, and an M.A. and Ph.D.at the University of Pittsburgh (1999). Her primary research interests are in the history of modern philosophy, especially early modern women philosophers and David Hume. She has published articles on Mary Astell, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Descartes, and Hume, and is the author of the book Descartes on Innate Ideas (Continuum, 2009). Her book on Margaret Cavendish, The Well-Ordered Universe, will be published by Oxford University Press in Fall 2017.

Christian Coseru

Christian Coseru is a graduate of The Australian National University (Ph.D. 2005) and The University of Bucharest (B.A., M.A. in Philosophy). His teaching and research interests are fairly broad, ranging from classical Indian and Buddhist philosophy to phenomenology, and consciousness studies. His most recent work focuses on classical Indian and Buddhist theories of perception, the contemporary reception of the Dignāga-Dharmakīrti school of Buddhist epistemology, and the intersections between phenomenology and cognitive science.

Todd Grantham

Todd Grantham is a graduate of DePauw University (B.A. in Philosophy) and Northwestern University (M.A., Ph.D.). His main teaching and research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology. His research focuses on philosophical issues in evolutionary theory and paleobiology. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Todd spent the 1999/00 academic year at the University of Chicago studying “Macroevolution and the Unity of Science.”

Sheridan Hough

Sheridan Hough is a graduate of Trinity University (B.A. in English and Philosophy) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. in Philosophy).  She is a specialist in Nietzsche and Kierkegaard scholarship, but she is also very interested in the central preoccupations of 19th and 20th Century Continental thought such as the constitution of the self and the nature of our ethical claims.  She also thinks a lot about the kinds of connections between philosophy and the reading and writing of fiction.

Rachel McKinnon

Rachel McKinnon has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, an M.A. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. She also completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary. Her areas of specialization are epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. She has published widely on topics ranging from the norms of assertion, luck, norms of practical reasoning, weakness of will, stereotype threat, and gender identity. Her papers have been published in journals such as Philosophical Studies, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Psychology, and Hypatia, and some of her upcoming work will appear in the Routledge Handbook to Epistemic Contextualism and the Routledge Handbook on Epistemic Injustice. She has also written a number of articles on transgender rights.

Thomas Nadelhoffer

Thomas Nadelhoffer is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the College of Charleston.  He specializes in the philosophy of mind and action, moral psychology, and the philosophy of law—which were the focus of his research during his time as a post-doctoral fellow with The MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project (2009-2011).  His articles have appeared in journals such as Analysis, Philosophy and Phenomenological Reports, Mind & Language, and Neuroethics.  Professor Nadelhoffer also recently edited The Future of Punishment and Retribution (Oxford University Press 2013) and he co-edited (with Eddy Nahmias and Shaun Nichols) Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings (Wiley-Blackwell 2010).  He is presently working on a book manuscript which is tentatively entitled The Promises and Perils of Bioprediction.

Jonathan Neufeld

Jonathan Neufeld has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota; an M.A. in Philosophy from King’s College, London; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Columbia University. His research interests are in philosophy and music, aesthetics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. He is particularly interested in the public and deliberative aspects of performance and interpretation and has published articles on the musical performance, the relationship between music and the public sphere, art and politics, and the concept of reasonable disagreement. He is completing two book projects: Music in Public: How Performance Shapes Democracy and Listeners, Critics, and Judges. He also plays the viola and writes music criticism.

Richard Nunan

Richard Nunan received his Ph.D. & M.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his B.A. in Mathematics from Vassar College. His broad teaching interests are in political philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of science, and history of philosophy. But in recent years his main area of research has tended to be in philosophy of law, especially the areas of constitutional adjudication and contemporary legal theory.

Martin Perlmutter

Martin Perlmutter received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1974. He joined the College of Charleston in 1979, after teaching at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tennessee at Nashville. A long-time member of the Medical University Hospital’s Ethics Committee, his teaching interests include philosophy of religion, ethics, and medical ethics. He is Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston.


Emeritus Faculty

Ned Hettinger

Ned Hettinger has a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Denison University (1975) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1985). Professor Hettinger specializes in environmental ethics and aesthetics. He teaches a range of courses in philosophy, including environmental philosophy, aesthetics, business ethics, introduction to philosophy, and nature, technology and society. He lives on Sullivan’s Island and spends his summers in Bozeman, Montana.

Glenn Lesses

Glenn Lesses received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. His principal research interests are in the history of ancient Greek philosophy and especially concern topics in Socrates, Plato, and Hellenistic philosophy. He is currently working on the reception of Socrates and Plato in later antiquity and also on Stoic moral theory. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Hugh Wilder

Hugh Wilder earned his B.A. at Denison University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Western Ontario. His current research interests are in aesthetics and philosophy of mind. He is an editor of Language in Primates (Springer Verlag, 1983) and the author of articles in philosophy of language, epistemology, aesthetics and philosophy of mind. He held a year-long Fellowship at Princeton University awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (1976-77) and has been a participant in several N.E.H. Summer Seminars. He was a Fellow at the Center for Theory in the Humanities at the University of Colorado-Boulder (1986- 87), and participated in the School of Criticism and Theory at Northwestern University (1985) and the Summer Institute on Aesthetics at San Francisco State University (1991). In 1997-98, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Davis while on sabbatical leave from the College.


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