Our Faculty

Andrew M. Bailey

Research Areas
Professor Bailey focuses on questions related to the disciplines of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.
Representative Research
  • “Our Animal Interests,” Philosophical Studies 174: 2315-2328.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I/II
  • Money
  • Death and the Meaning of Life
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Naturalism
  • Free Will and Science
  • Philosophy and Science Fiction

Amber D. Carpenter

Research Areas
Professor Carpenter conducts research in ancient Greek philosophy, Indian Buddhist philosophy, and ethics broadly construed.
Representative Research
  • ‘Ranking Knowledge in Plato’s Philebus.’ Phronesis 60 (2015): 180-205.
  • Indian Buddhist Philosophy (Acumen/Routledge, 2014).
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Teaching Subjects
  • Indian Buddhist Philosophy
  • Plato’s Ethical Epistemology
  • Vasubandhu
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

Simon B. Duffy

Research Areas
Professor Duffy's research focuses on early modern philosophy, modern and contemporary European philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science.
Representative Research
  • ‘Lautman on problems as the conditions of existence of solutions,’ Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities 23, no. 2 (2018): 79-93.
  • Deleuze and the History of Mathematics: In Defense of the New (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • Kant
  • Late 20th Century French Philosophy
  • Hegel
  • Phenomenology & Existentialism
  • The Philosophy of Art

Sandra Leonie Field

Research Areas
Professor Field researches questions pertaining to political theory, early modern European political philosophy, democratic theory, and social theory.
Representative Research
  • Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020)
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Teaching Subjects
  • Contemporary Egalitarianism
  • Democratic Theory
  • The Political Philosophy of Spinoza
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I/II
  • Modern Social Thought

Malcolm Keating

Research Areas
Professor Keating conducts research pertaining to Indian philosophy and the philosophy of language.
Representative Research
  • Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).
  • “(Close) the Door, the King (is Going): The Development of Elliptical Resolution in Bhāṭṭa Mīmāṃsā.” Journal of Indian Philosophy5 (2017): 911-938.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • Classical Indian Philosophy of Language

Cathay Liu

Research Areas
Professor Liu researches the history and philosophy arising from the developments begun during the scientific revolution, specializing in early modern philosophy and the philosophy and history of science with an emphasis on Descartes’ philosophy of mathematics and physics.

“Re-Examining Descartes’ Algebra and Geometry: An Account Based on the Regulae.” Analytic Philosophy 58.1 (2017): 29-57.
Representative Research
  • “Re-Examining Descartes’ Algebra and Geometry: An Account Based on the Regulae.” Analytic Philosophy1 (2017): 29-57.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought

Neil Mehta

Research Areas
Professor Mehta researches questions pertaining to the mind and epistemology.
Representative Research
  • “Phenomenal, normative, and other explanatory gaps: A general diagnosis,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2017 (online)/2019 (print).
  • “The limited role of particulars in phenomenal experience,” Journal of Philosophy, 2014.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • Can Consciousness Be Explained?
  • Fundamental Reality
  • Perception
  • Why Be Moral?

Bryan Van Norden

Research Areas
Chinese philosophy
Ethics
Meta-philosophy
Representative Research
  • Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (Columbia University Press, 2017).
  • Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • Neo-Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism

Matthew D. Walker

Research Areas
Professor Walker researches ancient Greek philosophy (esp. Aristotle) and Ethics (esp. comparative).
Representative Research
  • Aristotle on the Uses of Contemplation (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
  • “Non-Impositional Rule in Confucius and Aristotle,” in The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Early Chinese Ethics and Political Philosophy, ed. Alexus McLeod (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), 187-204.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I/ II
  • Socrates on Trial
  • The Aesthetics of Fear: Horror and the Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Aristotle

Robin Zheng

Research Areas
Professor Zheng's research is in ethics, moral psychology, feminist and social philosophy. She has interests in philosophy of race, having written on topics such as racialized sexual preferences, race and aesthetics, and race in pornography.
Representative Research
  • “Why Yellow Fever Isn’t Flattering: A Case Against Racial Fetishes.” Journal of the American Philosophical Association3 (2016): 400–419.
  • “What is My Role in Changing the System? A New Model of Responsibility for Structural Injustice.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice4 (2018): 869-885.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I/II
  • Ethics and Politics of Sex
  • Oppression and Injustice
  • Special Topics in Value Theory