Department Office Staff:

Ruth Aparicio
Department Administrative Assistant


Department of Philosophy Faculty

Department Chair

Andrew Fiala

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A; CSU Long Beach, MA; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D.

Email | website | Phone: (559) 278-2124


Faculty Listing

Pedro Amaral

University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Modern Philosophy

Email | website | Phone: (559) 278-7644

Mariana Anagnostopoulos

University of California, Irvine M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Theory of Action

Email | Phone: (559) 278-6329

Ann Berliner

Goddard College B.A.; California State University, Sonoma M.A.; Graduate Theological Union Ph.D.

Research Interests: Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion

Email | Phone: (559) 278-5654

Vincent Biondo

University of California, San Diego B.A.; San Diego State University, M.A; University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Western Religious Traditions, Islam in the U.S. and Britain, Religion and the Practice of Daily Life

Email |website | Phone: (559) 278-6644

TwoTrees Haar Farris

Miami University of Ohio, B.A. and M.A.; Graduate Theological Union, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Scholarship as Spiritual Practice, Theory and Methods for Study of Religion, Philosophy, Interdisciplinarity between Philosophy and Religious Studies

Email  | Phone: (559) 278-5376

Andrew Fenton

Dalhousie University, M.A.; Acadia University, B.A.; University of Calgary, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ethics, Bioethics, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Autism

Email | Phone: (559) 278-4939

Thomas Higgins (on leave 2012-13)

Drew University, B.A.; Graduate Theological Union, M.A.; University of Virginia, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Contemporary Ethics and Cultural Theory

Email | Phone: (559) 278-5376

Robert Maldonado

University of California, Davis A.B.; Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley S.T.L.; Graduate Theological Union M.A./ Ph.D.

Research Interests: Religion, Hermeneutics, Feminism

Email | Phone: (559) 278-2879

Sharon Meinhoff

Fresno State, B.A.; CSU Dominguez HIlls, M.A.

Research Interests: Contemporary Moral Issues, Presence of Mind, Critical Thinking, Technology vs. Nature, Philosophy of World Religions

Email  | Phone: (559) 278-5376

Leonard Olson

University of California, Davis Ph.D.

Research Interests: Marxism, Religion

Email | Phone: (559) 278-6069

Terry Winant

Reed College B.A.; Claremont Graduate School Ph.D.

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Feminism

Email | website | Phone: (559) 278-3631

Emeritus Faculty


Karen Bell

Boston University A.B.; University of Kansas M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Don Blakeley

California State University, Fresno B.A.; University of Hawaii M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Comparative (Asian/Western), Ancient Greek and Roman, Philosophy of Religion, Chinese Philosophy 

Hague Foster 

University of Chicago B.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests:  Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Marxism

Warren Kessler

University of Wisconsin M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ethics, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Jack Pitt

Research Interests: Marxism

James Slinger

University of Wisconsin B.S., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology

James Smith

Research Interests:  Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Social Philosophy

Model Syllabi (after GE audit Spring 09)

Area C2

Phil 1

Phil 2

Phil 10

Phil 20

Area IC

Phil 120

Phil 150

Phil 151