Chair

    • Alexander Rosenberg
    • Department Chair and R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy
    • Alex Rosenberg (Ph.D. 1971, Johns Hopkins) joined the Duke faculty in 2000. He is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy (with secondary appointments in the biology and political science departments). Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • David Wong
    • Professor and Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy
    • David Wong (Ph.D. Princeton, 1977) is the Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy. Before he came to Duke, he was the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and the John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His works include Moral Relativity (University of ...
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Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Janelle D Haynes
    • Assistant to the Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
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Director of Graduate Studies

    • Gopal Sreenivasan
    • Professor of Philosophy and Medicine and Lester Crown Professor of Ethics
    • Gopal Sreenivasan (Ph.D. 1993, UC Berkeley) joined the Duke faculty in 2008.  His primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy.  Within those fields, he is interested in many areas, including moral psychology and bioethics.   RECENT PUBLICATIONS  "Taking international legality seriously: A methodology fo...
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Faculty

Primary Faculty

    • Sara J Bernstein
    • Assistant Professor
    • Sara Bernstein (Ph.D University of Arizona, 2010) joined the Duke faculty in 2010. Her primary research interests are in the metaphysics of causation, and in topics at the intersection of causation and ethics. She has recently published articles in Philosophical Studies and in Dialectica, and given over fifty invited lectures and commentaries natio...
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    • Robert N Brandon
    • Professor
    • Robert N. Brandon (Ph.D. 1979, Harvard) joined the Duke Faculty in fall of 1979. He holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Biology . He has published articles in Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, PSA 1980 a...
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    • Allen E Buchanan
    • James B. Duke Professor
    • RESEARCH AND TEACHING I’m teaching my usual two course load this Fall. One is a basic course on human rights, focusing on controversies about the nature of human rights, the justifications for claims about the existence of human rights, the reasons for and against having an international legal human rights system, and the legitimacy (or oth...
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    • Felipe De Brigard
    • Assistant Professor
    • Most of my research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, I have explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred), and how this interaction affects the perceived plausibility of i...
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    • Michael T Ferejohn
    • Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies
    • Michael T. Ferejohn (Ph.D. 1976, University of California, Irvine) joined the Duke Faculty in 1983. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, Washington State University, University of Wisconsin (Parkside) and the University of Alberta and held a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University in 1981-1982. His publica...
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    • Owen Flanagan
    • James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology
    • Owen Flanagan (Ph.D. 1978, Boston University) came to Duke as chair of the department in 1993, a post he held until 1999. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience and a steering committee membe...
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    • Andrew Janiak
    • Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy
    • Janiak is the Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Bass Society of Fellows at Duke. Since 2007, he has been Director of the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (affectionately known as "HPSTM"). The progr...
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    • Karen L Neander
    • Professor
    • Karen Neander (Ph.D. 1983, La Trobe University) joined the Duke faculty in 2006. Previously she was at the University of California, Davis, Johns Hopkins University and the Australian National University. Neander is the author of numerous papers, including: “Pictorial Representation: A Matter of Resemblance” in the British Journ...
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    • Wayne Norman
    • Mike & Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics
    • Most of Norman's recent research falls under two broad headings: BUSINESS ETHICS, where he has looked critically at a number of popular and quasi-academic frameworks for identifying and justifying beyond-compliance obligations (e.g. CSR, corporate citizenship, sustainability, triple bottom line, stakeholder theory...). His working hypothesis is tha...
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    • Carlotta Pavese
    • Assistant Professor
    • Carlotta Pavese (Ph.D. 2013, Rutgers) joined Duke faculty in 2014. Before that, she was Bersoff Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU. She has broad interests. Her areas of specialization are philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophical logic.
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    • Alexander Rosenberg
    • Department Chair and R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy
    • Alex Rosenberg (Ph.D. 1971, Johns Hopkins) joined the Duke faculty in 2000. He is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy (with secondary appointments in the biology and political science departments). Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the
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    • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
    • Chauncey Stillman Professor of Ethics and Professor of Kenan Institute for Ethics
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    • Gopal Sreenivasan
    • Professor of Philosophy and Medicine and Lester Crown Professor of Ethics
    • Gopal Sreenivasan (Ph.D. 1993, UC Berkeley) joined the Duke faculty in 2008.  His primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy.  Within those fields, he is interested in many areas, including moral psychology and bioethics.   RECENT PUBLICATIONS  "Taking international legality seriously: A methodology fo...
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    • David Wong
    • Professor and Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy
    • David Wong (Ph.D. Princeton, 1977) is the Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy. Before he came to Duke, he was the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and the John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His works include Moral Relativity (University of ...
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Affliated Faculty

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    • Matthew D Adler
    • Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Public Policy
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    • Nita Farahany
    • Professor and Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy
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    • Michael A. Gillespie
    • Professor and Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science
    • Michael Gillespie (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche. and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, Ratifying the Constitution, ...
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    • Dan McShea
    • Affliated Faculty of Philosophy and Professor of Biology
    • Dan McShea (Ph.D. 1990, University of Chicago) arrived at Duke in 1996 with a primary appointment in Biology, and now holds a secondary appointment in Philosophy. From 1991-93 he joined the Michigan Society of Fellows as a postdoctoral fellow, and from 1994-95 held a postdoc at the Santa Fe Institute. His major papers are in the field of ...
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    • Toril Moi
    • James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies
      Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies
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    • Jesse Summers
    • Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy
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Visiting Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

    • Martin P Golding
    • Professor Emeritus and Professor of Law
    • Martin P. Golding (Ph.D. 1959, Columbia) joined the Duke faculty on September 1, 1976, as Professor of Philosophy and Law. He has taught at Columbia University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice and held visiting appointments at the University of California (both Berkeley and Los Angeles), Bar-Ila...
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    • David H Sanford
    • Professor Emeritus
    • David H. Sanford (Ph.D. Cornell, 1966) joined the Duke Faculty in 1970 after teaching at Dartmouth College (1963-70). He has held visiting appointments at Dalhousie, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oregon. The following connections with three recent publications help organize some of the many topics of his publication...
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Staff

Staff Assistant

Departmental Business Manager

Other

    • Janelle D Haynes
    • Assistant to the Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
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Graduate Students

Current Graduate Student

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    • David L. Barack
    • Graduate Student
    • I am a fifth year graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program, working towards my PhD in Philosophy. My interests are philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. My dissertation examines computational explanations in neuroscience, investigating their impact on theories of explanation in the philos...
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    • Whitney Kane
    • Graduate Student
    • My dissertation is on the epistemic relevance of emotions. More specifically, I am thinking about how emotional influences impact the epistemic quality of our beliefs.
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    • Stephen J. Martin
    • Graduate Student
    • My research is about the extent to which our convictions flex under the pressure of reason and argumentation. Good arguments, despite the best intentions of those who employ them, fail to persuade by their intellectual merits unless these merits are gradually identified, through conditioning, with other desirable qualities like pleasure or success...
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    • Lester W. Miller
    • Graduate Student
    • Broadly speaking, my research is local to where moral and political philosophy intersects with philosophical anthropology. I am mainly interested in naturalized ontologies of the self, and advancing theories that best explain the foundations of social life. Through this lens, I examine areas such as: moral and political action and agency, polit...
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Recent Graduate Student

Other

Post Docs

    • Robert A Williams
    • Recent Graduate Student
    • C.S.Peirce Empirical Moral Psychology
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Other Faculty

Faculty & Staff