Harriet Baber, PhD

Harriet Baber
Phone: (619) 260-2749
Fax: (619) 260-7950
Office: Founders Hall 164A

Professor, Philosophy

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Philosophy
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, Philosophy
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, Philosophy

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.

Scholarly Work

Baber’s research has focused on the metaphysics of identity through time and across possible worlds, and its application to issues in philosophical theology and ethics. She has written on identity puzzles concerning the doctrine of the Trinity and the Real Presence doctrine and on issues concerning preference and modality, in particular, the problem of adaptive preference. She is the author of The Multicultural Mystique: The Liberal Case Against Diversity and articles in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, The International Philosophical Quarterly, Theology, The Anglican Theological Review and other scholarly journals. Her current book project, Preference and Modality, is a defense of the preference utilitarian account of well-being, in which it is argued that the capability of satisfying nearby-possible preferences contributes to well-being. In addition to her scholarly work,  Baber writes for The Guardian (UK) and is a regular columnist for The Church Times (UK).

Areas of Interest

Baber has taught a variety of courses, including logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Baber has also participated in team-taught philosophy/economics courses on women and work and on the economics and ethics of gender in development. She develops online textbooks for her classes, which are available to all internet users without restriction.