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AbstractThe philosophy program at Eastern offers a set of introductory courses that figure prominently in general education requirements, undergird the more advanced courses, and address some of the haunting why questions we carry with us from childhood when we were all philosophizing.
Programs of Study
Faculty and Staff
Kevin S. Decker
Professor of Philosophy
Patterson Hall 229C
Kevin S. Decker
Professor of Philosophy
EWU Faculty Organization President, 2015-16
Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism, Romantic Thought
Areas of Competence: Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences.
Managing Editor, William James Studies
Co-writer and co-producer, Men in Charge radio program, KPBX Spokane public radio
- (forthcoming, 2016) The Philosophy of Breaking Bad (Palgrave MacMillan), co-editor with Robert Arp
- (forthcoming, 2016 ) The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
- (forthcoming, 2016) "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Secularism, Religion and Star Trek" in The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Decker & Eberl.
- (forthcoming, 2015) The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
- (forthcoming, 2015) "Dark Times: The End of the Old Republic and the Beginning of Chinese Philosophy," The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Eberl & Decker.
- (forthcoming, 2015) "Science and Nature without God," in Robert Arp, ed., Debating Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence in the 21st Century (Rodopi Philosophy and Religion Series)
- (forthcoming, 2015) "The Vale of Top Hats: Duplicity, Duplicability, and The Prestige," in George Dunn and Jason T. Eberl, eds. The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan (Arlington)
- (2014) "Personal Identity and Na'vi Wisdom," in Avatar and Philosophy, ed. George Dunn (Blackwell Publishers).
- (2014) "Dewey, Aristotle, and the Spectator Theory of Knowledge," in Christopher Kirby, ed., Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey (Bloomsbury Academic)
- (2014) "Culture, Hermeneutics and the Batman," in The Philosophy of Tim Burton, ed. Jennifer McMahon (University of Kentucky).
- (2013), with Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, "When All Roads Lead to Rome: The Catholic Hospital Dilemma Can Impact All Hospital Care," The Open Journal of Leadership 2:4 (December 2013), 106-109
- (2013) Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who (I.B. Tauris, London/Palgrave Macmillan), author
- (2013) The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-edited with Robert Arp
- (2013) Ender's Game and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), editor.
- "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Star Trek, Religion, and Secularism," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (forthcoming, April 2016)
- "Craft as Experience: Aesthetics as if Practice Matters," 2016 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2016)
- "Men in Dark Times: Lessons in Chinese Philosophy from Star Wars," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (April 2015)
- "The Practical Turn in Pragmatism: Intellectualism, Pluralism and Material Culture," 2014 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2014)
- "Research is a Dish Best Served Cold: Fanning the Flames of Undergraduate Research Using Pop Culture," Faculty Administrator Network session at the 2013 National Council of Undergraduate Research meeting, LaCrosse Wisconsin (April 2013)
- "In London Street: The Dewey-Trotsky Encounter in Politics and Praxis," 2013 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2013).
- "What Does Naturalism Mean by Practical?" Inland Northwest Pragmatist Network, Gonzaga University (January 2013).
- "The Permanent Trotskyist Deposit in John Dewey's Thought," Dewey in Mexico International Conference, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, (January 2012).
Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. University of South Florida (2008)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Patterson Hall 229E
Dr. Kirby joined the Philosophy Program in the fall of 2008. The general focus of his teaching and scholarship is in the history of philosophy and comparative thought. Kirby (as his students call him) teaches upper division courses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, the philosophy of religion, Chinese Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics, as well as several introductory philosophy courses, including the recent offering... Zombies and Philosophy! In his research, he is most interested in thinkers who draw insight from exploring nature - such as Aristotle and the Daoist sage Zhuangzi - as well as more recent thinkers who combine those sorts of insights with scientific and/or aesthetic modes of thought, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Arne Naess, E.O. Wilson... and especially John Dewey.
Kirby also sponsors several clubs on campus: The Transcendental Apathetic (EWU's philosophy club), the Environmental Club, and the Mandarin Chinese Conversation Group. Contact him if you'd like more information on any of these organizations.
Current and Recent Activity:
In 2014, Dr. Kirby published an edited volume of essays with Bloomsbury Press called Dewey and the Ancients: Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey. He is currently developing an essay on service learning in environmental ethics courses and will be on leave during the fall quarter to draft the first few chapters of a book-length project that traces the philosophical history of the concept of impulse (hormé in Greek, conatus in Latin).
Professor of Philosophy and Honors
Patterson Hall 229B
Areas of Specialization
Social and Political Philosophy, Pragmatism.
Areas of Competence
Philosophy of Race, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy and Pop Culture.
University of Oregon, Eugene OR
Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 2002
Dissertation: Dewey and Du Bois: The Meaning and Consequence of Race
Hamilton College, Clinton NY
B.A. in Philosophy with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude, May 1994
Honor's Thesis: "Habermas' Discourse Ethic and the First Amendment"
Current Research Focus
Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race.
- Book Manuscript in development: Greater America: Philosophy and the Promise of Inter-American Democracy
[Forthcoming] "Facing up to Ignorance and Privilege: Philosophy of Whiteness as Public Intellectualism," Philosophy Compass: Special Issue on Philosophy of Race, 2015.
"Fact, Propaganda or Legitimate Aspiration? Frondizi on the Philosophic Unity of the Two Americas," Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 5, Is.2, Fall 2014.
[Forthcoming] "The Platonic Paradox of Darth Plagueis: How could a Sith Lord be Wise?" in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker, editors. Blackwell Philosophy, 2015.
Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D.
Professor Of Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies
Patterson Hall 229D
Mimi Marinucci joined the faculty in 2000. She came to EWU from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. She has a joint appointment, and her time is therefore split equally between Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies. She was promoted to full professor in 2011. Marinucci is a past recipient of the EWU President's Award and Professor of the Year award (2011), as well as a U.S. Professors of the Year nominee (2012), and she was awarded the Best of the West Plains EWU Teacher of the Year (2012). Her teaching and research are focused on feminism, philosophy, and feminist philosophy, particularly as represented in popular culture. She is especially interested in popular culture as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge about who we are as women and men. In addition to a number of published articles, Marinucci is also the author of the book Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory (Zed Books, 2010). She is also the founding editor of "Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine," a two-time Utne Independent Press Award nominee (2005, 2009).
Patterson Hall 229N
Kathryn recently completed her PhD coursework in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a MA degree in Philosophy from Tufts University. She has held the position of Adjunct Lecturer at Eastern Washington University since 2002 where she teaches courses in Philosophy, Religion, and Women and Gender Studies. Between 2009- 2011 Kathryn acted as the founding!adviser for!EWU's student led group, the Compassionate Interfaith Society. Kathryn's areas of specialization are Indian Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Women's Spirituality.
Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle~MDiv, DMin
Patterson Hall 229N
And if now, there's so much bitterness in these silks,
there's a tenderness that is never born,
that never dies; it lets fly
another great, apocalyptic handkerchief:
the blue, unedited hand of God.
--Cesar Vallejo, "Fresco," in The Black Heralds, as translated by Rebecca Seiferle
Patterson Hall 229F
Program Coordinator for Philosophy & English Composition
Patterson Hall 229P
229 Patterson Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
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