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Matthew Cashen

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, room 3207 / (618) 650-2066

Ph.D. in philosophy, Washington University, 2007.

Teaching Interests: ancient Greek and Roman philosophy; ethics, especially biomedical ethics and ethical theory.

Research Interests: Research Interests: ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, particularly Aristotelian and Socratic ethics. Cashen's research focuses on the relationship between ancient and contemporary conceptions of well-being and happiness. Recent publications include "The Ugly, the Lonely, and the Lowly: Aristotle on the External Goods," “Happiness, Eudaimonia, and Descriptive Adequacy,” and “Cephalus and Euthydemus: Plato on Money and Virtue”.

Other: Considering a major in Philosophy? Dr. Cashen is SIUE's Mentor Coordinator.

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Suzanne Cataldi


Peck Hall, Room 1214 / (618) 650-2184

Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1991

Teaching Interests: contemporary European philosophy, ethics, feminist philosophy and philosophy of law.

Research Interests: Representative publications include Emotion, Depth and Flesh, A Study of Sensitive Space-Reflections on Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Embodiment (SUNY Press, 1993); Merleau-Pont and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling on the Landscapes of Thought, co-edited with William S. Hamrick (SUNY Press, 2007); "Sense and Affectivity in Merleau-Ponty: in Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2008); "The Philosopher and Her Shadow: Irigaray's Reading of Merleau-Ponty,"Philosophy Today, 2004; "Animals and the Concept of Dignity: Critical Reflections on a Circus Performance" Ethics and the Environment, 2002; "Embodying Perceptions of Death" in Chiasms: Merleau-Ponty and the Problem of the Flesh (SUNY Press, 2000); "Sexuality Situated: Beauvoir on 'Frigidity'" in Hypatia, 1999; "Reflections on Male Bashing", National Women's Studies Association Journal, 1995, and "Women and Welfare: Ethical Aspects of Aid to Families with Dependent Children" Public Affairs Quarterly, 1995.

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Judith Crane

Professor, Department Chair

Peck Hall, Room 3211 / (618) 650-3861

Ph.D. Tulane University, 1999

Teaching Interests: history of philosophy (especially early modern philosophy), metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology.

Research Interests:early modern philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of biology, with particular interest in natural kinds. Representative publications include: "Locke's Theory of Classification," British Journal for the History of Philosophy, May 2003; "On the Metaphysics of Species," Philosophy of Science, April 2004; "Identity and Distinction in Spinoza's Ethics" (with Ron Sandler), Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, June 2005; "Species Concepts and Natural Goodness" (with Ron Sandler), Carving Nature at the Joints, MIT Press, 2011, and "Biological-Mereological Coincidence," Philosophical Studies, November 2012.

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Raymond Darr


Peck Hall, Room 0224 / (618) 650-3428

M.A. SIUE , 1984

Teaching Interests: death and dying, critical thinking, and ethics.

Research Interests: Medical Ethics and the Tuskegee Experiment. His graduate work was concentrated in the area of American Philosophy - specifically John Dewey and George Herbert Mead.

Other: Ray Darr recently completed an Associates of Technology degree at Vatterott College in Computer Electronics and Networking Technology. Visit his personal homepage here.

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Saba Fatima

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, Room 2218 / (618) 650-2175

Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2012

Research Interests: Muslim-American identity within a framework of feminist and race theory; Virtue ethics; Social and Political; and Non-ideal theory. Recently published works include: "Muslim-American Scripts" in Hypatia (2013) and "Presence of Mind" in Social Philosophy Today (2012).

Teaching Interests: Islamic Thought, World Religion, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Theory (all with special emphasis on the social and political), and Critical Thinking.

Other: Dr. Fatima has a personal homepage.

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Gregory Fields


Peck Hall, Room 2211 / (618) 650-2461

Ph.D. University of Hawai'i, 1994.

Research Interests: Native North Pacific Coast culture, philosophy, and language preservation/revitalization. South Asian philosophy and religion: Classical Yoga, Ayurvedic medical philosophy, social philosophy.

Teaching Interests: American Indian studies, Asian studies, philosophy of religion, world religions, ancient Christian thought, critical thinking.

Other: Prof. Fields is a Research Associate of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, where he conducted research during his fall 2012 sabbatical leave. Fields was awarded SIUE's two-year Hoppe Research Professorship starting in July 2013 for his work involving collaborative publications, audio, and audio-visual media produced with Coast Salish culture-bearers, and for his efforts toward establishing a digital archive to support preservation and revitalization of native Northwest languages and knowledge-systems.

Fields' current book and media project, Sacred Breath: Pacific Northwest Culture and Medicine Teachings (University of Nebraska Press, under contract) was supported by a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent publication is the book and media collection Totem Pole History: the Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire, by Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire, ed. Gregory Fields (University of Nebraska Press, available Dec. 2013). Fields' current projects include the audio collection Medicine Songs of the Four Seasons from the Straits and Coast Salish, forthcoming from Smithsonian Folkways, and a second collaboration and media collection with Coast Salish elder Pauline Hillaire: Rights Remembered: a Salish Grandmother Speaks on American Indian History and the Future, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.

Fields is author of Religious Therapeutics: Body and Health in Yoga, Āyurveda, and Tantra (State University of New York Press, 2001, published in India by Motilal Banarsidass Press, 2002). His article "Inipi: The Rite of Purification" in The Black Elk Reader (Syracuse University Press, 2000) addresses text, traditionalism, and religious syncretism.

Fields has presented research at the International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages, The Center for Studies of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the East-West Center in Honolulu, and the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in Kolkata, India. His model of religious therapeutics has applications in religion and science, ethnomusicology, and social philosophy. For example, ideas concerning health of the body politic are presented in the article "Gandhi and Dewey on Education for Peace" in Problems for Democracy (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2006).

Fields was the first faculty advisor of SIUE's minor in Religious Studies. He is among the faculty-members who recently founded a minor in Native American Studies and he teaches courses for the minor in Asian Studies.

Prof. Fields is among the faculty members who established SIUE's new Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center (IRIS). He is a founding member of Friends of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability (formerly the Religious Center), a group dedicated to expanding the potential of the geosphere designed by Buckminster Fuller on the SIUE campus as a center of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and fellowship

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Rhonda Harper

Office Support Specialist

Peck Hall, Room 3212 / (618) 650-2250

Student Worker:

Emily Koester

Peck Hall, Room 3230

(618) 650-2251

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Erik Krag

Erik Krag

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, Room 3231 / (618) 650-2246

Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 2012

Teaching Interests: Applied ethics, particularly medical and business ethics; death and dying, particularly as it pertains to euthanasia, and critical thinking.

Research Interests: Theories of just health distribution; distributive justice generally, especially as it relates to socialized structures of oppression; the ethics of euthanasia; the ethics of pharmaceutical marketing; and the ethics of enhancement technologies, especially as it pertains to the impact of psycho-pharmaceuticals on personal identity, freedom and moral responsibility.

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William Larkin

Associate Professor

Peck Hall, Room 2207 / (618) 650-2643

Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara, 1998

Research Interests: Professor Larkin's research is primarily focused on two projects in contemporary analytic epistemology: (a) using a certain pragmatic norm of assertion to undermine contextualists, closure-deniers, and skeptics; and (b) analyzing warrant in terms of a particular belief's cognitive consequences rather than its manner of production. Some publications representative of other ongoing research interests include "Shoemaker on Moore's Paradox and Self-Knowledge" in Philosophical Studies, and "Persons, Animals, and Bodies" in Southwest Philosophical Review.

Teaching Interests: logic, the history of early analytic philosophy, and interdisciplinary courses on war and peace and global problems.

Other: Dr. Larkin has a personal homepage.

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Greg Littmann

Associate Professor

Peck Hall, Room 3231 / (618) 650-3266

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

Research Interests: Public philosophy, the philosophy of logic (especially paradoxes), metaphysics (especially mind, time and change), and epistemology (especially skepticism). Representative publications include “Writing Philosophy for the Public is a Moral Obligation”, Essays in Philosophy, Jan 2014; “Dialetheism and the Graphic Liar”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, March 2012; “Moments of Change”, Acta Analytica, February 2012; “Darwin’s Doubt Defended: Why Evolution Supports Skepticism”, Philosophical Papers, March 2011; and “Seriously Funny: Mockery as a Political Weapon” in The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy, edited by Jason Holt, Blackwell Publishing, August 2013.

Teaching Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Media Ethics and Reasoning and Argumentation.

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Bryan Lueck

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, Room 3213 / (618) 650-2096

Ph.D. - Pennsylvania State University in 2007

Research Interests: Professor Lueck's research focuses on issues in contemporary Continental philosophy, especially as they pertain to ethics. At present, he is particularly interested in rearticulating some of the central concepts of Kantian ethics with reference to the work of such philosophers as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Serres, and Jean- Luc Nancy. Representative publications include "Toward a Serresean Reconceptualization of Kantian Respect," Philosophy Today, 2008; "Kant's Fact of Reason as Source of Normativity," Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, 2009; and "The Event of Sense in Lyotard's Discours, figure", The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 2010.

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Erik Meade


Peck Hall, Room 1216 / (618) 650-2257

M.A. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Research Interests: Philosophical Interest include a wide range of topics in analytic philosophy especially in epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He wrote his thesis on the topic of Alvin Plantinga and Gettier cases.

Teaching Interests: He is particularly interested in teaching Critical Thinking and Deductive Logic.

Other: He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

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Christopher Pearson

Associate Professor

Peck Hall, Room 3210 / (618) 650- 5337

PhD University of Washington 2007

Research Interests: philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy.

Teaching Interests: epistemology, bioethics and philosophy of religion.

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Alison Reiheld

Alison N.C. Reiheld

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, Room 2208 / (618) 650-2574

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2010

Teaching Interests: applied ethics of any stripe as well as science and technology studies; philosophy of memory; medical ethics with special attention to interactions between clinical personnel and between the clinic and society; critical thinking and informal logic; medicalization and shifting definitions of disease; philosophical critiques of gender/sex and related value systems.

Research Interests: ethics of memory; ethical implications of medicalization and shifting definitions of disease; global bioethics; ethics of pandemic/epidemic response; developing world bioethics; philosophical analysis of parenting and domestic labor; clinical ethical issues for transgender patients; ethical issues raised by medical technology transfers between professions and across cultural/national borders.

Other: Dr. Reiheld was a member of the APA Committee for Pre-college Instruction in Philosophy and is on the editorial board of (formerly co-editor of) the journal Questions: Philosophy With Children. Questions publishes original philosophical work by pre-college students K-12. Dr. Reiheld also is a regular contributor to the scholarly blog of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics ( She is also a member of the Women's Studies interdisciplinary program at SIUE.

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Edward Schallert


Peck Hall, Room 2203 / (618) 650-2683

M.A. SIUE ,1990

Research Interests: Ed's thesis was a translation and commentary of a Latin document attributed by some to Ockham. Research interests include Ockham, Scotus, John of Salisbury, and C.S. Peirce as well.

Teaching Interests: critical thinking, ethics, symbolic logic, philosophy of human nature, and philosophy of religion. Ed enjoys reading medieval Latin texts.

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Matt Schunke

Matthew Schunke

Assistant Professor

Peck Hall, Room 0228 (618) 650-5363

Ph.D., Rice University, 2009

Research Interests: Professor Schunke comes to the SIUE Philosophy Department after earning his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University. His research focuses on the relationship between philosophy and religion, particularly as it has been dealt with in the philosophical method of phenomenology. He examines the possibility of a phenomenology of religion by engaging both the works of thinkers such as Martin Heidegger and Jean-Luc Marion and current debates surrounding the nature of religious experience and the academic study of religion. His latest work, an article entitled "Apophatic Abuse: Misreading Heidegger's Critique of Ontotheology," appeared in Philosophy Today .

Teaching Interests: Philosophy of Religion, World Religions, Christian Thought, and Modern Jewish Thought.

Other: Dr. Schunke is currently the Religious Studies Minor Advisor.

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Ezio Vailati


Peck Hall, Room 2212 / (618) 650-3376

Ph.D. University of California at San Diego, 1985

Teaching and Research Interests: history of modern philosophy, the history of modern science, and metaphysics. He also has a personal home page. Representative publications include "Leibniz on Reflection and its Natural Veridicality," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 1987; "Leibniz on Locke on Weakness of the Will," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 1990; with Paolo Mancosu, "Torricelli's Infinitely Long Solid and Its Philosophical Reception in the Seventeenth Century," Isis, 1991; "Clarke's Extended Soul," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 1993; and "Leibniz and Clarke on Miracles," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 1995. In addition, he has authored Leibniz and Clarke: A Study of their Correspondence (Oxford University Press: 1997) and has edited Clarke: A Demonstration of the Nature and Attributes of God (Cambridge University Press:1998). At present Vailati is writing a manuscript on quantum mechanics and philosophy.

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Robert Bruce Ware


Peck Hall, Room 2208 / (618) 650-2913

D. Phil. Oxford University, 1995

Teaching Interests: social and political philosophy, nineteenth century philosophy, Marxism, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics, physics, and biology.

Research Interests: He is the author of Hegel: The Logic of Self-Consciousness and the Legacy of Subjective Freedom (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999) and the co-author, with Enver Kisriev, of Dagestan: Russian Hegemony and Islamic Resistance in the North Caucasus (M.E. Sharp, 2009). He has published numerous articles on Hegel's philosophy, and on the politics and religion of the North Caucasus region.

Other: He has published in journals including The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, History of Political Thought, The Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, Central Asian Studies, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Current History, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Global Dialogue, The Review of Higher Education, and The New Review. His articles have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United Press International, Pravda, The Moscow Times, The St. Petersburg Times, The Russia Journal, The Hindu, Asia Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, The Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, and many others. He has been an invited speaker at meetings, lectures, and seminars worldwide, has testified before US Congressional Committees, and has been an invited speaker at the White House. He has a personal homepage.

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