Philosophy

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    Chan, David, Department Chairperson 2019 -

    I grew up in South-east Asia in the city-state of Singapore. At the age of 19, I went to Australia to study economics at the University of Melbourne. There I experienced kangaroos, Aussie rules ‘footy’, cricket, pub crawls...and philosophy. I took my first philosophy class, reading Plato’s Republic and Descartes’ Discourse on Method, and I never looked back. I added a philosophy major and when I returned to Singapore, I wrote a Master’s thesis at the local university, then applied to graduate sc...

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    Abrams, Marshall, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    I love thinking about philosophy of science and other areas of philosophy, and about the relationship between sciences and humanities. Philosophy of science is the area of philosophy that investigates how scientific knowledge depends on the ways that scientists design and perform experiments, observe nature, formulate their ideas, and use mathematical models and computers. Even though science is woven into our lives, few people stop to think about the deep philosophical questions that it raises....

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    Benditt, Theodore, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2018 -

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    Bentley, Vanessa, Assistant Professor - Visiting (P) 2018 -

    In college, I joined philosophy club because I didn’t know anything about philosophy. Philosophy club turned into taking a philosophy course. I took some more courses, and a philosophy minor turned into a philosophy major, along with my original major, psychobiology. At the time, I still fully intended to pursue cognitive neuroscience. After college, I worked in a brain scanning laboratory as a research assistant before eventually returning to philosophy. Now I do the philosophy of the sciences ...

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    Chan, David, Professor (P) 2019 -

    I grew up in South-east Asia in the city-state of Singapore. At the age of 19, I went to Australia to study economics at the University of Melbourne. There I experienced kangaroos, Aussie rules ‘footy’, cricket, pub crawls...and philosophy. I took my first philosophy class, reading Plato’s Republic and Descartes’ Discourse on Method, and I never looked back. I added a philosophy major and when I returned to Singapore, I wrote a Master’s thesis at the local university, then applied to graduate sc...

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    King, Matthew, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    What I love most about philosophy is its breadth. We can ask philosophical questions about everything, from the trivial to the profound. Most of my work is organized around the nature and role of moral responsibility — what it takes to deserve blame and praise for the things we do. More recently I’ve turned to questions exploring our evaluative interactions with others, for example, the ways in which one’s moral criticism of another may itself ground criticism. These projects often integrate wor...

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    May, Joshua, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Most of my research is at the intersection of ethics and science (e.g. neuroethics). I’m especially interested in how we know right from wrong, despite fervent disagreements about contemporary moral issues. Ultimately, I aim to better understand how we can improve the acquisition and exercise of virtue. I develop my position on some of these issues in my book, Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind (Oxford University Press).

    Recent articles of mine have appeared in the Australasian Journal...

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    McCain, Kevin, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

    I grew up in southern Illinois (about as far away from Chicago as you can be while remaining in the state). When I was growing up I was convinced that I was going to be a lawyer; however, as a junior in college I decided that I was more interested in philosophy than law. So, I added a philosophy major and decided to pursue a graduate education with the hopes of becoming a philosophy professor. I find many areas of philosophy to be extremely exciting and worthwhile, but my primary philosophical i...

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    Morgan, Andrew, Assistant Professor - Visiting (P) 2018 -

    One of the reasons why I love teaching courses in philosophy, and loved taking them as a student, is that philosophy requires dialogue. This is why when I teach I prioritize creating a space in which everyone feels comfortable sharing, exploring, and debating ideas. Before coming to UAB I taught philosophy classes at the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, and Northern Illinois University. At each of these schools I enjoyed bringing together the perspectives of students from div...

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    Pence, Gregory, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Gregory Pence studied applied ethics with famous ethicist Peter Singer at NYU and helped found the new field of bioethics. For 34 years he taught a required, graded course to 200 medical students at UAB. Between 1984-1985 he chaired the Board of Directors at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, and from 1985 to 1995 the UAB Speakers Committee.

    He is known in bioethics for his best-selling Medical Ethics textbook, now in its 27th year and eighth edition, and his defense of humane biotechnology, suc...

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    Price, Marjorie, Associate Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Welch, Brynn, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    I was raised in northeast Tennessee and attended Davidson College in North Carolina before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I earned my MA there in 2008 — the same year my beloved Davidson Wildcats handily defeated the UW Badgers in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament — and my PhD in 2012. While there, I was awarded a College of Letters & Sciences Teaching Fellowship, recognizing outstanding undergraduate teachers.

    In 2012 I moved to Abingdon, Virg...

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    Whall, Mary, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Whall, who received her undergraduate degree at UAB, joined the department in 1994. Dr. Whall teaches a wide variety of courses, including many she has developed herself, that fall broadly under the umbrella of intellectual history. While she teaches mostly in the western philosophical tradition, she has also developed a course which explores the classical eastern schools of thought — principally Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. The central premise of her approach is that philosophical ideas ...

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    Coblentz, Wm, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

    My main interest in philosophy has been ethics, which grew out of the age-old question: What do you want? My study of two giants in philosophy, Plato and Nietzsche, arose from an attempt to understand the psychology that lies beneath their widely divergent ethical systems, along with their unique philosophical methods. In my teaching and research, my goal is to find those ways in which past thinkers might have something important to say in modern discourse about the nature of ethics, the nature ...

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    Seger, Laura, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

    I am a Ph.D. candidate in History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine at Indiana University, Bloomington, and I'm finishing my writing at a distance since moving to Birmingham in 2016. My dissertation is on negative results in science-basically, all the stuff that isn't published. I analyze what exactly goes unpublished and the various reasons why, as well as the consequences this suppression of results has on science and medicine.

    I come to philosophy by way of engineering, which isn't ...

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