Faculty Profile

Susan Feldman

Professor of Philosophy (1980)

Contact Information


East College Room 211


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."


  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974
  • M.A., 1976
  • M.A., University of Rochester, 1978
  • Ph.D., 1980

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

PHIL 210 Philosophy of Feminism
Critical examination of key issues concerning the status and roles of women and of the developing theories which describe and explain gender-related phenomena and prescribe change for the future. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 261 Pain
In this course, we will explore philosophical and moral questions about pain. Does it make sense to say that I feel your pain? Can you have a pain you are not aware of? How do you know you are in pain? How do you know someone else is in pain? Are pains necessarily painful? What is the relation between the experience of pain and the body part you feel the pain in? Are pains primarily mental or brain events? Is an experience of pain an experience of an object? Is experiencing pain a kind of perception? To what extent should a philosophical theory of pain be required to accommodate the findings of neuroscience? Are pains necessarily bad? What moral obligation do we have to alleviate pain? We will grapple with these and other questions by delving into relevant readings, mostly recent, and hashing out the details in discussions and papers.