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Edward Averill

Edward Averill

Dr. Averill, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., M.S., University of California at Santa Barbara; B.A. Harvard), has been at Texas Tech since 1980. His areas of specialization are philosophical psychology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Professor Averill's publications include: "The Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction," Philosophical Review (1982), "Color and the Anthropocentric Problem," Journal of Philosophy (1985), "The Relational Nature of Color," Philosophical Review (1992), and "Towards a Projectivist Account of Color," Journal of Philosophy (2005).

 

Howard Curzer

Howard Curzer

Dr. Curzer, Professor (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin; M.A., B.A. in Mathematics, Wesleyan University), came to Texas Tech in 1985. His current areas of interest are ancient philosophy, virtue ethics, existentialism, and Confucian philosophy. His publications include a monograph entitled, Aristotle and the Virtues (Oxford University Press, 2012), a textbook/anthology entitled, Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth Press, 1999), and various articles including: "When Bad Thoughts Happen To Good People: A Thought Experiment," American Philosophical Quarterly (2013) and "Contemporary Rituals and the Confucian Tradition," Journal of Chinese Philosophy (2012). He is a co-recipient of an NSF grant to study and teach wildlife research ethics, a recipient of an NEH grant to study and teach virtue ethics and Confucian philosophy, and a co-editor of a special issue of the ILAR Journal (2013), a journal of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Francesca di Poppa

Francesca di Poppa

Dr. di Poppa, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh; B.A., University of Pisa), is mainly interested in history of modern philosophy, in particular the causation debate and the development of modern notions of man and the world. She is also interested in ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle), Scholasticism and history of science. She is currently working on the notion of causation in Descartes and Spinoza.

 

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Alex Grzankowski

Dr. Grzankowski, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin), joined the department in Fall 2013. His primary research is in the Philosophy of Mind and the Philosophy of Language but he also has interests in Metaphysics and Free Will. Dr. Grzankowski has recently published in the European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy Compass, and Ratio. He is currently working on an edited volume with Prof. Michelle Montague called 'Non-Propositional Intentionality'.

 

Christopher Hom

Dr. Hom, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine LPS), joined the department in Fall 2007.  His research is focused in philosophy of language and metaethics, in particular, issues surrounding racial epithets, expressive meaning, and moral expressivism.  His work has appeared in Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy Compass and Analytic Philosophy.  He was awarded a faculty fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center for 2011-2012.  He is currently working on a book about racial epithets.

 

Daniel Nathan

Daniel Nathan

Dr. Nathan, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; A.B., University of Michigan), writes and teaches in the areas in the areas of aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy of law. His work has appeared in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Erkenntnis, and Public Affairs Quarterly; his most recent papers include: "A Paradox in Intentionalism," British Journal of Aesthetics (2005) and "Art, Meaning, and Artist's Meaning," in Kieran (ed.), Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art (2006). Currently, he is working on problems of interpretation in legal philosophy and aesthetics.

 

Anna Christina Ribeiro

Anna Christina Ribeiro

Dr. Ribeiro, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Maryland; M.A., B.Phil., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; B.A. Hunter College) joined Texas Tech in 2006. Her area of specialization is aesthetics, particularly the philosophies of literature and poetry. Her research in aesthetics is informed by work in philosophy of psychology, evolutionary psychology, linguistics (pragmatics and phonetics), and by the work of classicists on ancient and contemporary oral literatures. Some of her recent publications are 'Relevance Theory and Poetic Effects' (Philosophy and Literature, 2013), 'Aesthetic Attributions: The Case of Poetry' (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2012), and The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics (editor; Continuum Books, 2012). Dr. Ribeiro will be on research leave in 2013-14, working on a monograph on the philosophy of poetry as a fellow at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle, NC.

 

Walter Schaller

Walter Schaller

Dr. Schaller, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. in Political Science, University of California-Berkeley) taught previously at Wheaton (Mass.) College and the University of Kentucky. His primary interests are in political philosophy and ethics. Professor Schaller has published articles on Kant's ethics, utilitarianism, and the relationship between virtues and duties in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Ratio, Dialogue, and History of Philosophy Quarterly. His recent articles include: "Is Liberal Neutrality Insufficiently Egalitarian?," Journal of Philosophy (2004) and "Liberal Neutrality and Liberty of Conscience," Law and Philosophy (2005).

 

Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz, Visiting Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, B.A., University of Chicago), started teaching at Texas Tech in the Spring of 2009. He works on Kant, moral philosophy, and practical reason. His article “Do Hypothetical Imperatives Require Categorical Imperatives?” is forthcoming in the European Journal of Philosophy. He is also interested in ancient philosophy, especially Plato. His current work focuses on questions about the nature of rational agency.

 

Joel Velasco

Dr. Velasco (Ph.D., B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison) will be joining the department in the fall of 2013. He has previously been an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at Stanford University, a visiting professor at Cornell University, and is currently finishing a post-doctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology. He specializes in the philosophy of biology as well as the more general philosophy of science; in particular, issues in biological systematics and evolutionary theory as well as the use of probability in scientific reasoning.

 

 
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Mark Webb

Dr. Webb, Professor and Chairman (Ph.D., Syracuse; M.A., B.A., and M.A. in Classical Humanities, Texas Tech) specializes in epistemology and philosophy of religion. He is currently working in the epistemology of religious experience, especially as it applies to non-Western religious experiences. Professor Webb's articles have appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Religious Studies, The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Hypatia, and most recently "An Eliminativist Theory of Religion," in Sophia.

 

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Aaron Braver

Dr. Braver, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Ph.D., Rutgers University; BA, Brandeis University), joined Texas Tech in 2013. He specializes in phonetics, phonology, and their interface, with an emphasis on non-contrastive distinctions. His research investigates the ways in which speech sounds are organized, produced, perceived, and manipulated by our linguistic system. Much of this work takes place in the laboratory, with both speech production and speech perception experiments. He has worked on many linguistic phenomena, including incomplete neutralization, flapping, vowel lengthening, emphatic lengthening, and DP-internal ellipsis in English, Japanese, and Spanish, among other languages.

 

Min-Joo Kim

Dr. Kim, Associate Professor of Linguistics (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst; MAs, UMass-Amherst, University of Arizona; BA, Chonnam National University) and Director of the Linguistics Programs, joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2005. She specializes in theoretical syntax and its interfaces with morphology, semantics, and pragmatics, and she has secondary interests in language acquisition and grammaticalization. Among the research topics she has explored are Noun Modification, E-type Anaphora, Aspect, Existential Sentences, Free Choice, and Implicature. Her work has appeared in the Journal of English Linguistics, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Natural Language Semantics, Language Research, and the Journal of Cognitive Science, among others. She is currently working on a monograph on the Syntax and the Semantics of Noun Modifiers and the Theory of Universal Grammar.