2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]
Department of Philosophy
Faculty and Fields of Interest
Philip Cox ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of law, social theory
Maureen Eckert ancient philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, history of philosophy
Keota Fields early modern philosophy (particularly the British Empiricists), metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic
Catherine Villanueva Gardner ethics, history of moral philosophy, history of women philosophers, feminist philosophy
Jennifer Mulnix epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of happiness, critical thinking
Timothy Nulty (Chairperson) philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics, twentieth-century analytic and continental philosophy
Philosophy is the cornerstone of the humanities. A major in philosophy cultivates the development of analytical skills and clarity of thought that are invaluable, not only in pursing a college degree, but later in developing a rewarding career and a meaningful life. Training in philosophy is highly regarded in professional fields such as law, medicine, artificial intelligence and government.
The faculty in the department have a diversity of backgrounds and areas of specialization. This makes possible a solid grounding in the history of philosophy and in the various sub-areas of philosophy such as ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science and philosophy of language. The approach of the department is pluralistic.