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Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty:

Steven G. Affeldt (2011)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation. B.A., The University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Harvard University.

Steven Affeldt's research explores intersections of ethics, social/political philosophy, and aesthetics.  Drawing on a wide range of figures—including Plato, Augustine, Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein—he works to show how philosophy and philosophical texts may be redemptive: possessed of the power to inspire, inform, and effect liberating transformations of both individuals and societies.  He has published highly influential articles on Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Stanley Cavell and is Director of the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne.  He enjoys teaching in virtually any area of philosophy and at all levels.
email:affeldsg@lemoyne.edu

 
Thomas Brockelman

Thomas Brockelman (1994)

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook.

Thomas Brockelman is the author of Zižek and Heidegger: The Question Concerning Techno-capitalism (Continuum, 2008), The Frame and the Mirror: on Collage and the Postmodern (Northwestern UP, 2001), and numerous articles in architectural theory, aesthetics and psychoanalytic theory. His research interests include modern and postmodern studies and critical theory. Beyond his duties in Le Moyne’s Core curriculum and the program in Integral Honors, he teaches departmental courses in philosophy and technology, Freud and philosophy, aesthetics and the history of philosophy.
email: brocketp@lemoyne.edu
Thomas Brockelman's website

 

William Day

William Day (1997)

Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., St. John's College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. 

William Day writes on aesthetics and moral perfectionist thought, with particular focus on the work of Wittgenstein, Cavell, Emerson, and Confucian thinkers.  He is contributing co-editor (with Victor J. Krebs) of Seeing Wittgenstein Anew (Cambridge UP, 2010). Among his other publications are articles and book chapters on Wittgenstein, Cavell, Emerson, the Confucian thinkers Xunzi and Wang Yangming, moral perfectionism, jazz improvisation, and contemporary Hollywood comedies of remarriage.  He teaches courses in the philosophy of art, American philosophy, theory of knowledge, the philosophy of language, and the experience of time.
email: daywb@lemoyne.edu
William Day's curriculum vitae
William Day's web page at Academia.edu

 
C. Tabor Fisher

C. Tabor Fisher (Chair) (2002)

Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton.

Tabor Fisher researches philosophy of space in relation to social justice, focusing especially on questions of race, gender, sexuality and class. She is a contributor to What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina (University of Georgia, 2008) and has written about space, oppression, and resistance in the works of Plato and Locke. Fisher teaches courses on space, masculinity and education. She is also the director of Le Moyne's Literacy Empowers All People program, which empowers K-12 children who live in poverty to get their words out into the world.
email: fisherct@lemoyne.edu

 

Robert Flower

Robert Flower (1973)

Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Syracuse University.

email: flower@lemoyne.edu

 

Michael Kagan (1988)

Associate Professor of Philosophy. A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Washington University; M.A., Hebrew Union College.
email: kagan@lemoyne.edu
Michael Kagan's website

 

Irene Liu

Irene Liu (2005)

Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of Chicago.

Irene Liu specializes in ancient Greek philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the Hellenistic period. She teaches courses in the history of philosophy and ancient Chinese thought.
email: liui@lemoyne.edu

Karmen KacKendrick

Karmen MacKendrick (1999)

Professor of Philosophy. B.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook.

Karmen MacKendrick combines philosophy with theology, cultural studies, and literary theory to pursue her fascinations with language and all things somatic. She is the author of Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions (Fordham UP, 2012), Fragmentation and Memory (Fordham UP, 2008), Word Made Skin (Fordham UP, 2004), Immemorial Silence (SUNY Press, 2001), counterpleasures (SUNY Press, 1999), and (with Virginai Burrus and Mark D. Jordan) Seducing Augustine (Fordham UP, 2010), along with various articles on related subjects.  She teaches core classes (PHL 101, 201, and 409), philosophy electives, and Honors courses. Karmen was awarded the Joseph C. Georg Endowed Professorship for 2009-2012.
email: mackendk@lemoyne.edu
Karmen MacKendrick's website

 

Cavin Robinson (2011)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy. B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Ph.D., DePaul University.

Cavin Robinson’s interdisciplinary areas of research include early modern political thought, socioeconomic disparity, and narratology. He is interested primarily in the early modern roots of modern political sovereignty and the rational political subject. His research investigates the manner in which early modern Western narratives played a role in the formation of social norms that govern modern identity politics and continue to bolster modern socioeconomic disparity. He is currently working on a book which identifies African American slave narratives as both critiques and exemplars of early modern political philosophic work on freedom, justice, and identity formation.
email: robinscb@lemoyne.edu

 

 Mario Saenz

Mario Sáenz (1989)

Professor of Philosophy. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University.

Mario Sáenz's work focuses mainly on late modern Latin American and Continental European philosophy. His publications include The Identity of Liberation in Latin American Thought (Lexington, 1999) and (as editor) Latin American Perspectives on Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003) as well as articles on René Descartes, Jürgen Habermas, Karl Marx, Rigoberta Menchú, Leopoldo Zea, and Enrique Dussel. Sáenz has presented his work at universities and conferences in the U.S., Cuba, Kenya, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela. Sáenz's scholarship has resulted in several academic honors, including being named Le Moyne College Scholar of the Year in 2000 and being awarded the Joseph C. Georg Endowed Professorship for 2006-2009.
email: saenz@lemoyne.edu
Mario Sáenz's website

 

 

Jonathan Schonsheck (1978)

Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Valparaiso University; M.A., University of Dayton; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University.
email: schonsjc@lemoyne.edu

 

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey (2010)

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, and Assistant Provost for Diversity..Ärztliche Vorprüfung, University of Düsseldorf; B.A., Hochschule für Philosophie (München); M.Div., Philosophisch Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen (Frankfurt/Main); M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University.

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey's work integrates philosophical modes of analysis with those pertaining to gender and cultural studies. He is the author of Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage (Columbia UP, 2010) and Beyond the Philosopher’s Fear. A Cavellian Reading of Gender, Origin, and Religion in Modern Skepticism (Ashgate 2007). Currently he is working on a book entitled No Separation. How Religion Makes the Secular Nation State.  Ludger is the Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Le Moyne.  He serves as co-chair (with Joseph Prabhu) of the philosophy of religion section of the American Academy of Religion. Before coming to Le Moyne he was associate professor for Methods and Theory in the Study of Religion at Yale University, where he taught from 2002-10.
email: ludger.viefhues@gmail.com
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey's website

 

 

Eugene B. Young (2010)

Assistant Professor of Practice in English and Philosophy.  B.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Emory University.
email: youngeb@lemoyne.edu

 


 

Adjunct Faculty:

Richard Cocks (2002)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy. B.A., M.A. (hons), University of Canterbury; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati.
email: rcocks@oswego.edu

 

Amber E. George (2009)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy. B.A., SUNY Cortland; M.A., Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton.
email: georgeae@lemoyne.edu

 

John Hartung (2002)

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy. B.A., Belhaven College; M.S., University of Mississippi.
email: hartunjg@lemoyne.edu

 

Ryan Hubbard (2013)

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy. B.A., George Mason University; Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University.
email: hubbarrk@lemoyne.edu

  

Charles F. Maxfield (2003)

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy. B.A., SUNY Potsdam; M.A., Ohio University.
email: cfmaxfield@yahoo.com

  

John Monteleone (2011)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Knox College; Ph.D., Syracuse University.
email: jmmontel@syr.edu

 

Jeremy Pierce (2003)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  B.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Syracuse University.
email: piercejr@lemoyne.edu

 


 

Professors Emeriti: 

Thomas V. Curley (1966)

Professor Emeritus of Education and Philosophy. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Fordham University.

 

Katherine Rose Hanley (1961)

Professor Emerita of Philosophy. B.A., Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart; Ph.B., Ph.L., Ph.D., University of Louvain.
email: hanleykr@lemoyne.edu

 

Charles J. Kelly (1968)

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. B.A., Manhattan College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
email: kellycj@lemoyne.edu