Stetson University

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Meet the Faculty and Staff

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Ronald L. Hall, Professor and Chair (PhD, Chapel Hill) is the author of two books, Word and Spirit (Indiana, 1993) and The Human Embrace (Penn State, 1999). His general areas of interest are existentialism and the philosophy of religion. His special areas of interest include Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard. (386) 822-7584 (view CV)

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Susan Peppers-Bates, Associate Professor (PhD, Penn) has reviewed the Cambridge Companion to Malebranche for the Philosophical Quarterly and has published an article, "Malebranche on Efficacious Ideas" in The Journal of the History of Philosophy. Major areas of interest are early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy, free will and moral responsibility, and philosophy of religion. (386) 822-7587 (view CV)

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Joshua Rust, Associate Professor (PhD, University of California - Riverside) is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality (Continuum, 2005) and John Searle (Continuum, 2009). He is also the coauthor of two articles in empirical philosophy concerning the behavior of ethicists as compared to other academic professionals (Mind, European Review of Philosophy, forthcoming). On the lighter side, he has coauthored with Dr. Susan Pepper-Bates an essay which is to appear in anthology True Blood and Philosophy. His areas of interest include metaphilosophy, explanation, social construction, and Wittgenstein. He is also interested in the history of 20th century analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy. (386) 822-7581(view website) (view CV)

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Melinda C. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics and continental philosophy, and her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of human enhancement, and the social and cultural construction of disability. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University; her dissertation developed a critique of the notion that enhancement--especially the genetic selection of one's offspring--is a moral obligation. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Disability Studies Quarterly. (386)740-2507 (view website)  (view CV)

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