Philosophy & Religion Faculty

Geoff Chaplin

Geoff Chaplin
Instructor in Religion
B.A., Oberlin College
A.M., University of Chicago
Phone: (319) 399-8133

Geoff Chaplin is an intellectual historian specializing in the religious thought of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformations. He has published translations of the work of Francois Fenelon (1650-1715).

Chris Hatchell

Chris Hatchell
Assistant Professor of Religion
B.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Phone: (319) 399-8618

I teach in the field of Asian religions, with particular interests in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Daoism. My research focuses on Tibet, especially the Bön religion and a system of philosophy and practice called the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen). My current project is a translation of a Tibetan text known as the Zermik (gzer mig), which is a biography of the founder of the Bön tradition, Tönpa Shenrab. Some of my other favorite topics are Indian and Tibetan tantra, Buddhist cosmology, contemporary Tibetan literature and film, digital initiatives in Tibetan Studies, and Tibetan music and games. American old-time music is also a major interest - banjo and fiddle players are welcome to stop by my office.

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Jeff Hoover

Jeffrey Hoover
Howard Hall Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Eastern Mennonite College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Phone: (319) 399-8685

My principal areas of teaching and scholarly interest are in post-Enlightenment continental European philosophy and in political theory. At Coe I regularly teach Late Modern Philosophy (from Kant to Marx); Existentialism (Nietzsche to Sartre) Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Critical Theory); Philosophy of Gender and Race; and Freedom and Authority (a course in political philosophy). I have published on post-Enlightenment figures including Schleiermacher and Hegel, but have also written on more contemporary issues in political theory involving identity politics and minority representation. Another passion of mine, and now research interest, involves the arts and letters of late medieval/renaissance Italy, leading recently to a year as visiting faculty in Florence and also to a Coe May-term in Italy.

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Instructor in Philosophy
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa
Meira Kensky

Meira Z. Kensky
Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Phone: (319) 399-8628

Meira Z. Kensky is currently the Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion. Kensky received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament) from the University of Chicago. Her first book, Trying Man, Trying God: The Divine Courtroom in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2010, and was the inspiration for a conference on "The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective" at Cordozo School of Law in New York. Currently, she is working on her second book for Mohr Siebeck, an examination of the figure of Timothy in Early Christian literature. Recent publications include articles on Romans 9-11, Tertullian of Carthage's Apologeticum, and the figure of Timothy in the Pauline and post-Pauline epistles. Kensky has lectured widely around the Chicago and Cedar Rapids areas, and gave the 29th Annual Stone Lectureship in Judaism at Augustana College, IL, last May. She was the recipient of Coe College's C. J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013.

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John Lemos

John Lemos, Chair
McCabe Professor of Philosophy
B.A., University of the South
Ph.D., Duke University
Phone: (319) 399-8861

John Lemos teaches courses in logic, moral philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, early modern philosophy (Descartes to Kant), and contemporary analytic philosophy. His research interests lie in three main fields of inquiry: philosophy of biology, especially the philosophical implications of evolution; neo-Aristotelian ethics; and the metaphysics of freedom and responsibility. He has published articles in a variety of journals, such as Philosophy of the Social Sciences, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, and Philosophia. His book Commonsense Darwinism was published in 2008 by the Open Court Press. His second book, Freedom, Responsibility, and Determinism: A Philosophical Dialogue, was published by Hackett in 2013.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick
Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Cornell College
B.A., Oxford University
M.S., University of Iowa - Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Phone: (319) 399-8697

Although my main interests are in ethics and the history of philosophy (and a logic text that is close to completion), I have taught courses in a variety of areas of philosophy (the logic course is a special interest), as well as courses in computer science, writing and various other topics (Charles Dodgson and Game Theory are two of many). In addition to traditional philosophical works on morality and human nature, I'm also interested in the treatment of these topics that we find in authors like Dostoevsky, Conrad and Camus (if you want to discuss Poe's theory of revenge, send me an email!). In the winter if you come by my office and I'm not there, check the swimming pool -- if it's open, that's probably where I am. In the summer, you may have to drive to northern Minnesota to find me (my border collie / Australian cattle dog mix will be enjoying it as much as I do).

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William McGrath

William McGrath
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion
B.S., University of Virginia 
M.A., University of Virginia 
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Bill McGrath researches and teaches courses on the religious and medical traditions of Asia. His research focuses more specifically on the historical intersections of such traditions in Tibet—as well as their relations with the intellectual traditions of China and India—particularly during the period in which Tibetan thought came to be systematized (8th – 14th centuries). He is currently writing a monograph that is based on his dissertation research, which is about the canonization and institutionalization of the Tibetan medical tradition at Sakya monastery during the Yuan dynasty (ca. 1271–1368).

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