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Michelle Gilmore-Grier

Chair, Department of Philosophy
Professor, Philosophy
mgrier@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4738

Office: Founders Hall 163B

Michelle Grier, PhD, has been a member of the philosophy department since 1993. In addition to lower division introductory courses, she routinely teaches courses in the history of modern philosophy, German idealism (especially Kant), and post-Kantian (20th Century) continental philosophy.

 

Philosophy 272 Class Syllabus

Philosophy 472 Class Syllabus

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Harriet Baber, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
baber@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2749

Office: Founders Hall 165C

Harriet Baber, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses on logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Her research interests are in analytic metaphysics, philosophical theology, feminism and philosophy of economics. Baber’s interests include computers, Byzantine history, and knitting.

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Brian Clack

Brian Clack, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
clack@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2738

Office: Founders Hall 165A

Brian R. Clack, PhD, came to USD in September 2007, having previously taught in Oxford, England. Clack’s research interests lie in the study of Wittgenstein, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of religion.

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Jack Crumley

Jack Crumley

Professor, Philosophy
jcrumley@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4086

Office: Founders Hall 169B

He is still interested in an Honors interdisciplinary course, “Myth and Rhetoric: The Construction of Culture,” team-taught four times with Prof. Larry Williamson, a rhetorical theorist, and is currently wondering about issues in the Symposium. He also enjoys thinking about color.  As Chair for many years now, he continues to rely on the wide-ranging abilities of his Executive Assistant and the wisdom of unnamed colleagues.  With his friend Dr. Greg Severn, he is looking forward to the coming year for the SFR reading group, which he enjoys much more than WASC-related activities.  He misses his mother; he is kind to animals and even the occasional administrator.  Oh, yes: he and his dog still enjoy playing Cheerios golf.

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John Donnelly

Professor, Philosophy
john7@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4127

Office: Founders Hall 165B

John Donnelly has been a member of the faculty since 1976.  He has served as Chair of the Philosophy Department, and currently is a coordinator of the Catholic Studies minor.  He initiated the multiple offerings of interdisciplinary value courses at USD.  Professor Donnelly is a past President of the Soren Kierkegaard Society.  He has a broad range of philosophical interests, and has published in several areas of philosophy, including logic, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and ethics.  At USD, he has team-taught courses with colleagues in biology, theology, and nursing, as well as some cluster preceptorial classes.

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Gary E. Jones

Professor, Philosophy
garyj@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4089

Office: Founders Hall 158A

Gary E. Jones, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1981.  He has taught a variety of courses over the years relating to ethics and health care.  His main area of research is health care policy, with an emphasis on the problem of the medically uninsured.

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Michael Kelly

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
michaelkelly@sandiego.edu
619-260-6837

Office: Founders Hall 167C

Michael R. Kelly, PhD, came to USD in Fall semester of 2013, having previously taught at Boston College. His main area of research is 20th Century Continental philosophy, especially phenomenology from its classical to its contemporary period.

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Rodney Peffer

Rodney Peffer

Professor, Philosophy
peffer@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4092

Office: Founders Hall 169C

Rodney G. Peffer, PhD, is a philosopher specializing in moral, social, and political philosophy as well as a published poet, an electronic percussionist (who plays with avant-garde jazz and “new music” musicians), and a life-long activist for progressive political causes. He has taught at USD since 1986.  He has lectured in most parts of North America and Europe as well as in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean – including Cuba.  He has prominently participated in the last four World Congresses of Philosophy, which occur only once every five years.

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Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson

Professor, Philosophy
lindap@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2967

Office: Founders Hall 166D

Linda L. Peterson, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1985.  She routinely teaches classes in thehHistory of medieval philosophy and the philosophy of human nature.  Her research area of specialization is in the history of medieval philosophy with particular emphasis on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her research focus also includes philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

Peterson enjoys traveling and has traveled extensively including trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.  She particularly enjoys visiting cites of interest to the history of medieval philosophy.  She has traveled throughout Italy, visiting the birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas and the monastery where he died. 

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Ann Pirruccello

Ann Pirruccello

Professor, Philosophy
annp@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4093

Office: Founders Hall 166C

Ann Pirruccello has been teaching at USD since 1992 and is professor of philosophy.  She offers courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Critical Comparative Philosophy, and special topics courses in Asian and contemporary continental philosophy. Her research embraces philosophies of liberation in continental and Asian thought, metaphilosophical problems related to globalization, and comparative philosophy.

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Dennis Rohatyn

Professor, Philosophy
drohatyn@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4704

Office: Founders Hall 160A

Office Hours: Sabbatical Academic Year 2013-2014

Philosophy is about knowing yourself.  I’m still learning. History is indispensable; without it I cannot understand either myself or the world. In the meantime, I dream, I doubt, I wonder, therefore, despite all my faults, I am. I enjoy reading, writing, teaching and thinking—in short, living, not just existing.

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Steve Tammelleo

Steve Tammelleo

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
tammelleo@sandiego.edu
619-260-6835

Office: Founders Hall 158B

Steve Tammelleo joined the philosophy department at USD in 2013. He enjoys teaching classes in Logic, Business Ethics, Latin American Thought, and Introduction to Philosophy. Steve’s research focuses on Foucault, border policy, immigration and ethnic identity. Steve has traveled extensively in Latin America. Steve enjoys yoga, biking, and hiking, and, he is obsessed with volleyball.

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Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

Professor, Philosophy
mwagner@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2968

Office: Founders Hall 166B

Michael F. Wagner, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  His administrative appointments have included chair of the Philosophy Department (1988-1998) and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities major (1987-1993, 2001-2007).  His research interests include several topic areas in Ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, in the classical Neoplatonic tradition, in the philosophy of time and science, and in Platonistic conceptions of eros and their cultural influences.

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Lori Watson

Lori Watson, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director, Gender Studies
pwatson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4091

Office: Founders Hall 164

Office Hours: Sabbatical Spring 2014 and Fall 2014

Lori Watson, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2007.  She is currently associate professor of philosophy and director of the Gender Studies Program.

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Mark Woods

Mark Woods

Associate Professor, Philosophy
mwoods@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6865

Office: Founders Hall 167B

Mark Wood, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1997.  In addition to teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, he has been an affiliated faculty member of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since the inception of the Master’s Program in Peace and Justice Studies in 2002.  He is also an affiliate of USD’s Ethnic Studies Program and co-chaired USD’s Gender Studies Program for four years.  Currently he is the secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.  Originally from North Dakota, Professor Woods discovered philosophy while serving in the United States Marine Corps.

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Matt Zwolinski

Matt Zwolinski, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
mzwolinski@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4094

Office: Founders Hall 167A

Office Hours: Tues/Thurs: 9:15-10:30; 12:15-1:30

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, specializes in Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics. He is a co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy, editor of Arguing About Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2014) and author, with John Tomasi, of A Brief History of Libertarianism (forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2015). He regularly teaches courses in ethics, business ethics, social ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, law, and economics, with two specific areas of focus. The first involves the proper understanding and normative status of liberty and political libertarianism. The second has to do with the nature and moral significance of exploitation for individual ethics and political institutions.

PHIL 332 Business Ethics Syllabus (Fall 2014)

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