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Department of Philosophy Faculty


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303D

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday:

8:45-9:15 and 11:00-12:00

and by appointment. 

Campus Box Number:
49

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Bio:

Brian Hutchinson received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He is the author of G. E. Moore’s Ethical Theory: Resistance and Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press) and the on-line annotated bibliography of work on Moore for Oxford University Press. He is at work on a second book on Moore. He has taught a wide variety of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307D

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday:

12:45-1:45 & 3:30-4:45

Friday:

9:45-10:45

 

Bio:

David Blanks received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Denver and went on to earn his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Ohio State University.  His dissertation focuses on the metaphysics of dispositional properties, like fragility and solubility.  He is currently working on using laws of nature to respond to the problem of induction.  He has previously served as a lecturer at the Ohio State University and Texas A&M University where he taught courses such as Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, Logic, Engineering Ethics, Introduction to Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy.

Campus Box Number:
49

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307E

Office Hours:

Wednesday:

10:00-10:45 & 2:00-2:45

Thursday:

10:00-10:45 & 2:00-2:45

Friday:

9:15-11:15 

and by appointment

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile

Bio:

 

Dr. Chu specializes in Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics & Epistemology, Analytic Philosophy, and Logic. He also teaches courses in Ethics and Philosophy of Science. 

 

Education

BA (philosophy) — Cornell University

MA, PhD (philosophy) — University of Wisconsin — Madison

 

 

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307F

Campus Box Number:
49

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Bio:

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In 2014-15 I was a research fellow at Saint Louis University working on a project on intellectual deference and receptivity  funded by a grant from the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility. I received my doctorate in Philosophy from Princeton University. I received my undergraduate degree in the liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College.

My dissertation concerned Aristotle’s theory of understanding and its implications for his conception of the human being. I am currently working on several projects in ancient philosophy including an examination of Aristotle’s views on the connection between understanding and imagination and an explication of Aristotle’s conception of continuity and his response to Zeno’s paradoxes. In addition to ancient philosophy, my other research interests include medieval philosophy, where I am interested in medieval theories of causation and cognition, and the philosophy of religion, where I am interested in a number of topics including  theories of personal identity and survival, the relationship between divine and human agency, and divine simplicity.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307J

Campus Box Number:
49

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I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at MSU Denver. Before that, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Denison University. I received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and my doctorate in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303B

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays:

1:00-3:00

Thursdays:

11:00-12:00

or by appointment 

Campus Box Number:
49

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Bio:

Liz Goodnick received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches courses in history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and political philosophy. Dr. Goodnick has published on the philosophy of David Hume, on the philosophical consequences of the Cognitive Science of Religion, and the ethics of food. She has given numerous presentations in the United States and also in England, Sweden, and the Netherlands. She is currently working on women philosophers in the Early Modern Period. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and their dog Banjo.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307G

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

1:45-3:10

Campus Box Number:
49

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Bio:

Adam J. Graves received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he teaches courses in philosophy of religion, ethics, history of philosophy, hermeneutics and phenomenology.  He is the founding director of the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry ( https://www.msudenver.edu/d-phi/ ) and serves as the primary advisor for the Religious Studies program at MSU Denver. Graves has also taught courses on the history of religions at the University of Pennsylvania and as part of the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.   His publish work explores themes within phenomenology and the philosophical hermeneutics of religion, as well as problems associated with agency and selfhood.  He has presented work at conferences and colloquia in nearly a dozen countries, including France, Germany, Russia, and South Africa.  Graves will be on sabbatical in spring of 2017, during which time he will be conducting research for a project on agency and confession under the auspices of l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.   

In a previous life, Graves studied medieval Sanskrit literature and pursued grant-supported research on Indian temple practice and iconography in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.  In 2012, he served as Campaign Manager for his father’s nearly successful bid to unseat Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.  They lost by about one percent, after having been outspend 10 to 1 in what proved to be one of the most expensive congressional reelection campaigns in United States history.   

On a more personal note, Graves has been an avid traveler since the age of seventeen, when he spent several months on a solo-expedition throughout Asmat, a region of Papua populated by an ethnic group best known for its art and ritual headhunting practices.  He just happens to be married to his favorite artist and traveling companion, the incredibly gifted Suchitra Mattai ( www.suchitramattai.com ).  They have two sons, both of whom are turning out surprisingly well considering the fact that Graves has neither a theory nor a methodological strategy for parenting them.

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303F

Office Hours:

 

 

 

 

Campus Box Number:
49

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"After my adventure at the Reichenbach Falls, I travelled for two years in Tibet, ...and amused myself by visiting Lhassa, and spending some days with the head Lama. You may have read of the remarkable explorations of a Norwegian named Sigerson, but I am sure that it never occurred to you that you were receiving news of me. I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the Khalifa at Khartoum, the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office. Returning to France, I spent some months in a research into the coal-tar derivatives, which I conducted in a laboratory at Montpellier, in the South of France." 

At moments when I was not otherwise occupied, I earned my B.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, and my Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA. 

My interests lie in Philosophy of Language, Symbolic Logic (the Art of Deduction), and Rationality (and Reasoning) in general. 

My motto is:  "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by chance ever observes."



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303G

Office Hours:

Monday: 

1:00-2:00

5:00-5:30

Tuesday: 

1:00-2:00

Wednesday: 

1:00-2:00

Thursday:

1:00-2:00

5:00-5:30

 

Campus Box Number:
49

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303C

Office Hours:

Monday:

11:30-12:30

3:15-4:45

Wednesday

11:30-12:30

3:15-4:45

and by appointment

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile

Bio:

Sean Morris received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he teaches courses in the history of analytic philosophy, logic, and the philosophy of science. Dr. Morris has published on Russell's influence on Quine and is currently working on a book on Quine and the philosophy of set theory. He is particularly interested in the interaction of technical developments in mathematics and the special sciences with philosophy. 

 

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
M.Phil., University of St Andrews, 2005
B.A., Boston University, 2001 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307K

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday:

10:00-11:30

Tuesday

2:00-3:00

Friday:

8:30-9:30

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile

Bio:

 

I am currently a lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I am trained in the areas of phenomenology and continental philosophy. My dissertation explored some essential connections between recognizing the Other as such and forming a robust self-conception. My current interests revolve around the nature of agency, especially ethical agency, self-constitution, and the limits of naturalism.

 

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
303E

Office Hours:

Monday

2:00-3:00

Wednesday

2:00-3:00

Thursday

12:30-3:30

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile

Bio:

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I am Professor of Philosophy and a Women's Studies associate. I was the first coordinator of Women's Studies' Genders and Sexualities minor (2011-2014), helping to grow the minor. I am deeply interested in human rights including, but not limited to, women's rights and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. I also have interests in French feminists, especially Simone de Beauvoir, phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty, and epistemic injustice. I am also a philosophical novelist. My first (coauthored) novel, The Rashomon Tea and Sake Shop, was published in April 2016. My second novel, The Glorious Life of Jessica Kraut: An adventure in Eastern and Indigenous Religions and Philosophies, was published November 30, 2017. My third philosophical novel, Afterlife Inc., is under contract. My book, Dignity, Justice, and the Nazi Data Debate, will be published in February 2018. I was also MSU Denver's ethics bowl coach. I took my 2009 and 2012 teams to Nationals, placing in the Quarter Finals in 2013. I am in love with life, my husband, and our two obnoxious dogs Mr. Baby, and Sammy. I also draw (oil pastels) and I play the guitar (badly). I am a Cali-native. Why doesn't CO have an ocean?!

Research

My first philosophical novel, The Rashomon Tea and Sake Shop, coauthored with former student Kyle Cottengim and his wife, Kait, was published by Rock's Mills Press in April, 2016. My second philosophical novel, The Glorious Life of Jessica Kraut: An Adventure in Eastern and Indigenous Religions and Philosophies, was published November 30, 2017. My third philosophical novel, Afterlife Inc. (on comparative religion/world religions) is under contract. 

My book, Dignity, Justice, and the Nazi Data Debate, will be published in February 2018 with Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield.

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307C

Office Hours:

Tuesday:

9:30-10:45

Thursday:

9:30-10:45

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile

Bio:

James D. Reid holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has taught ethics and the history of philosophy at Chicago (where he won a Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching), the Colorado College, the College of William and Mary, and the United States Air Force Academy.

 

His research is interdisciplinary, drawing from philosophical, scientific, and literary sources, and is devoted to problems in the theory of meaning, value, and significance, and finding appropriate ways of talking about the importance of what we care about. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support translation work on Martin Heidegger. He is the author of Being Here Is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy (Northwestern) and Heidegger's Moral Ontology (Cambridge), co-translator of Martin Heidegger's The Question Concerning the Thing (Rowman & Littlefield), and co-editor of Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy. His current projects include a monograph on German philosophical poet Novalis (Northwestern), and, with Candace R. Craig, a book on Agency and Imagination in the Major Films of David Lynch (Lexington Books).





Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
307B

Office Hours:

By appointment only

Monday:

1:30-2:00

4:45-5:30

Tuesday:

1:30-2:00

4:45-5:30

Wednesday:

1:30-2:00

4:45-5:30

Thursday:

1:30-2:00

4:45-5:30

Campus Box Number:
49

Directory Profile