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Associate Professor, Philosophy
Reid Hall, Room 405
Tuesdays 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.; Fridays by appointment
I had no intention of taking philosophy in college. I was opposed to the idea, in fact. But it was a requirement, and so one day I found myself walking into my first philosophy class, not knowing what to expect. What I discovered then, and what I hope to convey to my students today, is that philosophy is a hugely important activity, perhaps the most important thing one can do. For philosophy is nothing less than the attempt to address the most fundamental questions of human existence—questions like “Is there a God?”, “What makes society just?”, and “What does it mean to live a good life?”, to name but a few. I have been at Manhattanville College since 2011, and I am proud to be part of a dynamic department with passionate majors. I teach a variety of courses in ethics and the history of philosophy, and I am the faculty adviser to the Philosophy Club and to Manhattanville's chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society in Philosophy. My research is primarily in normative ethics and philosophy of the person, with a focus on how the uniqueness of persons can (and should) operate within our moral reasoning.