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Philosophy & Religion Faculty

Stephen Campbell
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow & Assistant Professor of Philosophy
B.A., The University of Tennessee at Martin
M.A., Texas A&M University
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Email: scampbell@coe.edu
Phone: (319) 399-8593

I specialize in theoretical and applied ethics. Over the past few years, my research has centered around the topic of well-being, though I am also interested in the structure of ethical theories, various moral issues related to procreation and death, and the nature and extent of our obligations concerning other people, animals, and the environment. I teach in a range of areas, including ethical theory, metaethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, and the history of philosophy.

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Geoff Chaplin
Instructor in Religion
B.A., Oberlin College
A.M., University of Chicago
Email: gchaplin@coe.edu
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
Assistant Professor of Religion
B.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Email: chatchell@coe.edu
Phone: (319) 399-8618

I teach in the field of Asian religions, with interests in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism. My research focuses on Tibet, particularly the Bön religion and a system of philosophy and practice called the Great Perfection (rdzogs-chen). I am especially interested in pursuing visual studies related to religious traditions, and my main research has been on Buddhist visionary practices. 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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Jeffrey Hoover
Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Eastern Mennonite College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Email: jhoover@coe.edu
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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Meira Z. Kensky
Assistant Professor of Religion
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Email: mkensky@coe.edu
Phone: (319) 399-8628

My research interests lie in the very rich field of biblical studies, particularly in the New Testament and early Jewish and Christian Literature. My first book, Trying Man, Trying God: The Divine Courtroom in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, examines scenes of God holding trial in Jewish and Christian literature from antiquity, and will be published by Mohr Siebeck in 2010. I am currently developing a second research project on the conclusion to the Acts of the Apostles, one of my favorite books in the New Testament. I teach courses across the wide spectrum of Western religions, from their origins to their manifestations in the contemporary world. In the future I plan to teach courses on classical Judaism, the Rise of Christianity, Islam, and Religion in America.

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John Lemos, Chair
McCabe Professor of Philosophy
B.A., University of the South
Ph.D., Duke University
Email: jlemos@coe.edu
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.

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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
Email: pmccormi@coe.edu
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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