Department Chair
Chauncey Maher
Associate Professor of Philosophy (2008).
East College Room 202
(717) 245-1791
Department Faculty
Susan M. Feldman
Professor of Philosophy (1980).
East College Room 211
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B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974; M.A., 1976; M.A., University of Rochester, 1978; Ph.D., 1980.

Her interests include the history of modern philosophy, the problem of knowledge and skepticism, philosophy of science and ethics, both pure" and "applied" to such areas as the environment, the status of women, medicine and public policy."
Chauncey Maher
Associate Professor of Philosophy (2008).
East College Room 202
(717) 245-1791 |
B.A., University of Maryland, 2001; M.A., University of Chicago, 2002; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2008.

Are there essentially social or normative aspects to cognition, knowledge, language or action? How so? Those are the sorts of big question that have interested me in my research and teaching. In the summer of 2012, I published a short book on "the Pittsburgh School", a group of contemporary philosophers focused on trying to understand how humans uniquely occupy a “logical space of reasons” .
James Sias
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2013).
East College Room 210
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B.S., Point University, 2005; M.A., Georgia State University, 2007; M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2009; Ph.D., 2013.

My research tends to focus upon either (a) questions about the foundations of ethics (otherwise known as "metaethics"), or (b) questions about the nature of moral cognition. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how moral "outliers" (i.e., people who think and behave in ways radically differently than most) recognize and respond to the moral features of the world. In my forthcoming book, The Meaning of Evil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), I examine the psychologies of people commonly regarded as evil, and on this basis, argue that what makes a person evil is the particular way in which he sees, or regards, others in the moral community. I'm currently working on a number of papers that further pursue issues raised in the book. And in the not-too-distant future, I'd like to do some work on (i) the moral psychology of racism, (ii) the nature of mental illness and its significance in the moral community, and (iii) the psychologies of so-called "moral saints." So if you've got any interesting thoughts about these issues, I'd like to hear them. Preferably over coffee.
Jeff Engelhardt
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2014).
East College Room 201
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B.A., Saint Peter's College, 2004; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2011.

I'm interested in human minds, how to study them, and how they interact with broader social structures. Over the past few months, I've been trying to figure out how a particular theory of concepts, content externalism, might help us understand systemic injustice and subjugation--e.g. sexism, racism, ableism. Other recent published work concerns the mind-body problem in philosophy, some cognitive science stuff about vision and visual perception, or the nature of causation. It'd make me really happy if you'd read some articles from my website and let me know what you think or what I've gotten wrong, especially for the stuff in progress. I've been trying to think of something interesting to say about phenomenology, but I haven't had any success yet.

Emeriti Faculty
George Allan
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus

Philip Grier
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus