Department of Philosophy Affiliate Faculty
Ph.D., Philosophy, Theology, Cultural Theory, University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program
M.A., Historical Theology, Iliff School of Theology
B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Denver
-Double Minor in Anthropology and Psychology
-Honors in Humanities
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Apart from lectures and direct readings of great philosophical classics, Dr. Kohav typically engages his classes in a Socratic-style dialogue. While attempting to uncover some meaning or truth, students' mental muscles have a chance to develop and grow. The class environment is friendly, often humorous, and focused on big issues relevant---and sometimes seemingly irrelevant---to one's life, as is philosophy itself. Critical thinking gets a chance to be fully engaged, as students learn in what way is philosophy different from all other disciplines and from folk philosophy.
Alex is a founding member of the Descartes Society, in which he currently serves as the Treasurer (2013-present). He is a philosopher working at the convergence of metaphysics, phenomenology, epistemology, and philosophies of mind, language, and religion. His current research engages topics such as agency, self-consciousness, metaphysics of being and the self, categorization, and mystical alteration of consciousness.
Prior to MSU Denver, Dr. Kohav has taught courses on consciousness at the Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He is the editor of a forthcoming multidisciplinary volume, "Mysticism: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives."
My academic training includes concentrations in Theology, Philosophy and Cultural Theory, with specialized training in Critical Theory and German idealist and Romantic philosophy. My dissertation, “F. W. J. Schelling’s Ages of the World: Acting out of Time” as well as a paper I recently prepared for publication entitled, “The Voice that Crieth in the Wilderness: Toni Morrison and F. W. J. Schelling’s Primordial Longing,” combine these areas of research interest with Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel, Beloved, exploring how Morrison’s analysis of slavery, trauma and time parallels the problems and dilemmas of Schelling’s Freiheitschrift (1809) and 1813 draft of Die Weltalter. In both papers, I explore how Morrison and Schelling respond to the trauma of loss and aborted life.
The aim of these projects and my current research is to develop interdisciplinary connections that positively link philosophy to the concerns and developments of our modern cultural life and to explore how these connections can provide a meaningful way for philosophy to constructively respond to the questions and problems of our time.
Dr. Simpson is interested in Ancient Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Mind and Language.
B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1985
M.A., California State University, 1989
M.A., University of Colorado, 1993
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1995
LLB, University of London (England), 2011
Tues & Thurs
4:00pm - 4:50pm
Plaza Building, 118H
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Constance Wise has taught at MSUD since 2004 and at other Denver area colleges and universities. She had been a practicing Feminist Wiccan for thirty years and co-founded two Feminist Wiccan covens in Denver. She raised her two children as Wiccans and as adults they are still occasional practitioners. She teaches religious studies, women’s studies, and philosophy at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and other area colleges. Dr. Wise regularly gives “Have altar will travel” introductions to Paganism to colleges and high school classes. Her primary scholarly interest is promoting positive acceptance of religious pluralism.
Dr. Wise has her Doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies from the Joint PhD Program of Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.
10:45 am - 11:15 am
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Andrew is working on his doctorate at the University of Denver. He is also a practicing attorney. As a doctoral student Andrew’s interests include the philosophy of love, the “theological turn” in continental philosophy, phenomenology, the history of ideas, and religious mysticism. As a lawyer Andrew works with the federal Children’s Bureau to improve state dependency courts to better serve abused and neglected children. Andrew received a B.A. from Colorado State University in Philosophy with a minor in English, an M.A. in Theology from Xavier University, and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Colorado. When not litigating or reading about love, Andrew enjoys speaking French; hiking with Harry, his Golden Retriever; and rooting for his hometown teams, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.
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