Are you a scholar or Ph.D. who works on areas of philosophical interest and happens to be in Volusia county? Meet Stetson's philosophy faculty and attend our colloquia and other events. If you are residing in the area, we can also help you access online library resources. Reach out to the chair, Dr. Melinda Hall, to become a visiting philosophy scholar at Stetson University.
Melinda Hall - Department Chair
Melinda Hall (PhD, Vanderbilt University) 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. 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.
Susan Peppers-Bates, associate professor (PhD, University of Pennsylvania), 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. Her major areas of interest are early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy, free will and moral responsibility, and philosophy of religion.
Joshua Rust, PhD, University of California - Riverside, associate professor, is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality (Continuum, 2005) and John Searle (Continuum, 2009). He is also a co-author of several articles in empirical philosophy concerning the behavior of ethicists as compared to other academic professionals (Mind, Review of Philosophy and Psychology). His areas of interest include social ontology, John Searle, experimental philosophy, metaphilosophy and social construction. He is also interested in the history of twentieth-century analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy. Joshua is the secretary/treasurer for the Florida Philosophical Association.
Ron Hall - Emeritus Faculty
Ronald L. Hall, professor, (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.