Faculty Profile

Jeff Engelhardt

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2014)

Contact Information


East College Room 201


I'm interested in human minds, how to study them, and how they interact with broader social structures. Over the past year or so, I've been trying to figure out how a particular theory of concepts, social externalism, might help us understand systemic oppression. Other recent published work concerns the mind-body problem in philosophy, more general metaphysical questions about minds, and the nature of causation.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Saint Peter's College, 2004
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2011

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

PHIL 215 Existentialism
A study of existentialist thinkers, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus, who treat the human condition as irreducibly individual and yet philosophically communicable, and for whom the experience of the existing individual is of primary importance in issues ranging from one's relationship to God to the inevitability of death. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Offered every two years.

PHIL 253 Social Philosophy
This course investigates several intersections of philosophical theory and social injustice, oppression, and marginalization. We will consider how social injustice influences knowledge, the nature of social reality, and the determination of linguistic resources. We shall be concerned to understand how philosophical theories can help to articulate the lived experiences of the oppressed.

PHIL 550 Independent Research

Spring 2017

PHIL 101 Intro to Philosophy
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.

PHIL 261 Philosophy of Cognitive Sci
Examination of specific problem, author, text, or movement. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 303 Epistemology
This seminar will probe key issues in epistemology, such as: the nature of knowledge and justification, the challenge of skepticism, the relation of sense perception to conceptual thought. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 550 Independent Research