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Faculty and Staff
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
Areas of Specialization:
Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism.
Areas of Competence:Forthcoming and Recent Publications:
Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences
- The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy, co-editor with Robert Arp (Wiley-Blackwell)
- Ender's Game and Philosophy, editor (Wiley-Blackwell)
- Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who (I.B. Tauris Publishers)
- "Thank God It's Stephen Colbert!" in Jason Holt, ed., The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell)
- "There are No Universal Principles That Should Guide Medical Practice and Research," and "Response to Pullman," in Robert Arp, ed., Contemporary Debates in Philosophy: Bioethics (Wiley-Blackwelll).
- "There's Always a Bigger Fish: Tyranny, Power and the Rule of the Ruthless," in Nancy Reagin and Janice Liedl, eds., Star Wars and History (Wiley-Blackwell).
- "What Does Your Tattoo Say About You?" Inked Magazine (May 2012 issue)
- "Perspectives and Ideologies: A Pragmatic Use for Recognition Theory," Philosophy and Social Criticism 38:2 (February 2012).
- "Clarence Irving Lewis," and "Charles Sanders Peirce," entries in Key Terms in Logic (Continuum).
- "The Ethics of the Last of the Time Lords," in Doctor Who and Philosophy, eds. Paula Smithka and Court Lewis (Open Court)
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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