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The 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.

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    Kevin S. Decker

    Associate Professor of Philosophy & Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Education
    Patterson Hall 229C
    Phone: 509.359.6018
    Curriculum Vitae

    Areas of Specialization:
    Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism.

    Areas of Competence:
    Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences

    Forthcoming and Recent Publications:

    Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. [University of South Florida, 2008]

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229E
    Phone: 509.359.6503
    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Kirby joined the Philosophy Program in 2008. His general research areas are in the history of philosophy and East-West comparisons. He is particularly interested in ancient thinkers who drew insights from exploring nature - such as Aristotle and the Daoist sage, Zhuangzi - as well as more recent philosophers who have combined such insights with scientific or aesthetic modes of thought, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Arne Næss... and especially John Dewey.

    Dr. Kirby is the faculty sponsor to several student clubs: The Transcendental Apathetic (EWU's Philosophy club), the EWU Environmental Club, and the Mandarin Chinese Conversation group. If you like to chat about ideas, are interested in practicing some Putonghua, or you're just someone who believes even trees need hugs, contact him about one of these organizations.

    Recent Activity:

    Terrance MacMullan

    Professor of Philosophy and Honors
    Patterson Hall 229B
    Phone: 509.359.6020
    Curriculum Vitae

    Areas of Specialization
    Social and Political Philosophy, Pragmatism.

    Areas of Competence
    Philosophy of Race, Latin American Philosophy, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations.

              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, Social-Political Philosophy
    Current Projects

    Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D.

    Professor Of Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies
    Patterson Hall 229D
    Phone: 509.359.6026
    Curriculum Vitae
    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).

    Kathryn Julyan

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359-6738
    Curriculum Vitae
    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

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Curriculum Vitae

    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


    David Weise

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229F
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Curriculum Vitae

    Kerri Sadowski

    Office Assistant, Philosophy and English Composition
    Patterson Hall 229P
    Phone: 509.359.7064

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    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.7064

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