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People in the Department of Philosophy

Core Faculty

Luvell Anderson

Assistant Professor

Philosophy of language, philosophy of race, semantics, ethics of racial language

Stephan Blatti

Associate Professor
Editor, Southern Journal of Philosophy

Metaphysics, philosophy of mind

Remy Debes

Associate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Studies

Ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, Scottish Enlightenment, Hume, Adam Smith

Verena Erlenbusch


Assistant Professor
Director, Placement
Pre-Law Faculty Affiliate Advisor

Social and political philosophy, contemporary European philosophy, genealogy and critical theory

Shaun Gallagher

Moss Professor of Philosophy
Director, Graduate Admissions

Phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, embodiment, intersubjectivity, hermeneutics

David Miguel Gray

Assistant Professor


Mary Beth Mader

Chair, Department of Philosophy

20th-century continental philosophy, feminist theory, ontology

Thomas Nenon

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Husserl, Heidegger, Kant and German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of the social sciences

Timothy Roche

Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Studies

Greek and Roman Philosophy, history of philosophy, ethical theory, logic

Kas Saghafi

Associate Professor

Contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, aesthetics, and social/political philosophy

Deborah Tollefsen

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Philosophy of mind, epistemology, social ontology

Somogy Varga

Associate Professor

Philosophy of psychiatry/mind, moral psychology, social philosophy, critical theory

 Lecturers and Instructors

L. Manning Garrett

Senior Lecturer

319 Varnell-Jones (Lambuth campus)

Marda Kaiser- Rehnelt

Adjunct Instructor

312 Clement Hall

Daniel Larkin

Instructor and Undergraduate Advisor

339C Clement Hall

Amit Sen


339B Clement Hall

Emeritus and Deceased Faculty

Pleshette DeArmitt

Associate Professor

Contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, social and political thought

Gene James

Emeritus Professor

Value theory, applied ethics, American philosophy, philosophy of religion

Bill Lawson

Emeritus Professor

African American philosophy, social and political philosophy

Hoke Robinson

Emeritus Professor

Kant, rationalism, history of modern philosophy

Nancy Simco

Emeritus Professor

Analytic philosophy, metaphysics, advanced logic

John Tienson

Emeritus Professor

Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, British empiricists