People in the Department of Philosophy

Core Faculty

Remy Debes

Associate Professor
Editor, Southern Journal of Philosophy

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

Shaun Gallagher

Moss Professor of Philosophy

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

David Miguel Gray

Assistant Professor

Philosophy of race and racism, philosophy of psychology, African American philosophy, philosophy of mind

Mary Beth Mader

Chair, Department of Philosophy

20th-century Continental philosophy, feminist theory, ontology

Michael Monahan

Associate Professor
Director of Placement

Social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, Africana philosophy, phenomenology

Thomas Nenon

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

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

Timothy Roche

Associate Professor
Director of 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

Lindsey Stewart

Assistant Professor

African American philosophy, Black feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy

Deborah Tollefsen

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Philosophy of mind, epistemology, social ontology

Somogy Varga

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Admissions

Philosophy of mind/psychiatry, philosophy of science, moral psychology, and social philosophy


 Visiting Scholars

Ricardo Mejía Fernandez

Assistant Professor, PhD Candidate, University of Salamanca, Spain

Fall 2018. Working on the philosophy of Francisco Varela.

Roy Dings

PhD Candidate, Radboud University, Netherlands

Fall 2018. Working on the phenomenology and ethics of deep brain stimulation.

Mindaugas Briedis

Assistant Professor, Values Laboratory, Institute of Humanities, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

2017-2018. Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Fellow. Prof. Briedis is a phenomenologist who is doing research on the practice of radiology, coordinating with researchers at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.

Denis Francesconi

Professor of Sports Education, University of Verona, Italy

Spring 2018. Prof. Francesconi is working on the phenomenology of athletic performance.

Allesandro Salice

Professor of Philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland

Spring 2018. Visiting Humboldt Fellow. Prof. Salice is working on the phenomenology of performance.

 Visiting Assistant Professors, Lecturers and Instructors

Joshua Felix

Adjunct Instructor

312 Clement Hall

L. Manning Garrett

Senior Lecturer

319 Varnell-Jones (Lambuth campus)

Marda Kaiser- Rehnelt

Adjunct Instructor

312 Clement Hall

Amit Sen

Instructor and Undergraduate Advisor

339B Clement Hall

Daniel J. Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor

323 Clement Hall

Kevin Taylor

Instructor and Online Coordinator

309E 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