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Core Faculty


Luvell Anderson Assistant Professor Philosophy of language, philosophy of race, semantics, ethics of racial language
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Stephan Blatti Associate Professor & Director, Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities
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Metaphysics, philosophy of mind
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Pleshette DeArmitt Associate Professor & Department Chair Contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, social and political thought
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Remy Debes Associate Professor Ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, Scottish Enlightenment, Hume, Adam Smith
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Verena Erlenbusch

 

Assistant Professor & Director of Placement Social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, continental philosophy
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Shaun Gallagher Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy Phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, embodiment, intersubjectivity, hermeneutics
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Lucien Manning Garrett Senior Lecturer (Lambuth Campus) Philosophy of religion, contemporary epistemology
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Bill Lawson Distinguished Professor African American philosophy, social and political philosophy
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Mary Beth Mader Professor & Graduate Admissions Director 20th-century continental philosophy, feminist theory, ontology
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Thomas Nenon Professor & Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Husserl, Heidegger, Kant and German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of the social sciences
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Hoke Robinson Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies Kant, rationalism, history of modern philosophy
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Timothy Roche Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies Greek philosophy, history of moral philosophy, ethical theory, social and political philosophy
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Kas Saghafi Associate Professor Contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, aesthetics, and social/political philosophy
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John Tienson Professor & Co-Editor, The Southern Journal of Philosophy Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, British empiricists
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Deborah Tollefsen Professor Philosophy of mind, epistemology, social ontology
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Somogy Varga Assistant Professor & Co-Editor, The Southern Journal of Philosophy Philosophy of psychiatry/mind, moral psychology, social philosophy, critical theory
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Visiting Scholars: 2014-15


Dylan Trigg Marie Curie Fellow Phenomenology, psychoanalysis, bodily existence (intersubjectivity, identity, alterity)
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Instructors


Melissa Ebbers Instructor & Online Coordinator
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Sheila Hollander Adjunct Instructor 310 Clement Hall
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Amit Sen Adjunct Instructor 312 Clement Hall
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Bryan Smyth Adjunct Professor 312 Clement Hall
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Emeritus Faculty


Gene James Emeritus Professor Value theory, applied ethics, American philosophy, philosophy of religion
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Nancy Simco Emeritus Professor Analytic philosophy, metaphysics, advanced logic
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
Verena Erlenbusch

erlenbuschI got into philosophy because of a philosophy of science class I had to take for my Political Science degree. The course was held by Clemens Sedmak, the best professor I ever had, and I decided to take another class with him. After learning about scholasticism and Roger Bacon’s obstacles on the way to truth, I was sold. I spent most of my time reading medieval manuscripts on microfilm, and I became convinced that to understand important concepts one had to know how they were actually used by real people. So for my doctoral work, I decided to dig through archives in order to find out what the word “terrorism” means in different contexts, how it is used in discourse, and what legal, political, and social practices become possible because of it.

After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in 2012, I taught at St. Mary’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX before joining the department at the University of Memphis in 2013. I teach and work on political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and continental philosophy. I’m currently writing a book about terrorism as well as a number of papers on sovereignty and power. My aim is to understand how our present became the way it is, and what possibilities we have to change it for the better. When I don’t teach or research, I’m learning lots of new things about animalism, narcissism, dignity, and slurs. And on the rare occasion that I don’t think about philosophy at all, I spend time with friends and try to fill the gaps in my knowledge of American culture.


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