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Back row (left to right):
Lawrence B. LombardEun-Jung Katherine KimJonathan CottrellJoshua WilburnSean Charles StiddThomas Michael McKinsey,  Bruce RussellRyan Fanselow

Front row (left to right):
Eric Hiddleston (Chair), John CorvinoSusan VinebergPhyllis Seals (Secretary)


Research Areas

Faculty MemberAreas of Research
John CorvinoApplied Ethics, Metaethics
Jonathan CottrellEarly Modern Philosophy, Hume
Ryan FanselowApplied Ethics, Metaethics Epistemology
Eric HiddlestonMetaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science
Eun-Jung Katherine KimPolitical and Legal Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy
Lawrence LombardMetaphysics, Philosophy of Events, Causation, and Time
Michael McKinseyPhilosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Logic
Bruce RussellEthics, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology
Sean StiddAesthetics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Wittgenstein
Josh WilburnAncient Philosophy, Plato
Susan VinebergPhilosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Science

Faculty Biographies

John Corvino (Professor)
 is best known for his work in Applied Ethics, particularly in LGBT studies. He is the author ofWhat’s Wrong with Homosexuality? and the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage, both from Oxford University Press. Prof. Corvino’s dissertation was on Hume’s metaethics, and he remains interested in questions about the foundations of moral value. Corvino is an advocate of “public philosophy”: he has lectured at over 200 campuses; he has contributed to popular media such as the The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and The New Republic; and his YouTube videos have received over 1.1 million views. He is also the recipient of several teaching awards, including a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan. Currently he is working on a point/counterpoint book about religious liberty and discrimination. Read more at

Jonathan Cottrell (Assistant Professor)
specializes in Early Modern Philosophy. His main interest is in early modern philosophers’ views concerning the imagination and the pure intellect. His current research focuses on Hume’s views on the imagination and personal identity. Prof. Cottrell also has a strong interest in the Philosophy of Mind, especially in issues concerning mental representation. His paper, "A Puzzle about Fictions in the Treatise," is forthcoming in Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Ryan Fanselow’s (Senior Lecturer)
does research that focuses on questions regarding the justification of moral beliefs. His dissertation examined the role of moral intuitions in justifying our moral beliefs. In more recent work, Fanselow explores the social aspects of moral justification, including questions regarding what to do when others disagree with us (in his article “Self-Evidence and Disagreement in Ethics” in Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy) and whether two individuals who reason flawlessly about morality could come to hold incompatible moral beliefs (in a work in prog"ress, “Reflective Equilibrium, Convergence, and the Possibility of Moral Brains-in-a-Vat”). When not worrying about whether his moral beliefs are justified, Ryan enjoys watching Wong Kar-Wai films, listening to hip hop, and drinking craft beer (sometimes all at the same time).

Eric Hiddleston (Associate Professor and Department Chair)
works in the areas of Metaphysics, Epistemology, and the Philosophy of Science. His publications include “Causal Power” (British Journal for the Philosophy of Science), “A Causal Theory of Counterfactuals” (Noûs), and “Second-Order Properties and Three Varieties of Functionalism (Philosophical Studies).

Eun-Jung Katherine Kim (Associate Professor)
 research is in the theoretical and legal issues related to human rights. She is interested in the role of consensus in justifying beliefs and actions (namely, enforcement) regarding human rights. Her paper on the epistemic role of consensus has appeared in Human Rights Review, and she is currently working on an account of global enforcement that explains the moral significance of consensus. She is also interested in the topic of the right to freedom of religion and its limits in liberal democratic societies.  Her work on the burka ban in France has appeared in Public Affairs Quarterly, and a paper on the Shari’a ban in American courts is forthcoming in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. She is currently working on a paper, with Bert Spalding, on the question whether Shari’a clauses should be banned from commercial contracts.

Professor Lawrence Lombard (Professor)
works in Metaphysics and is principally concerned with issues concerning the metaphysics of events and change. He is also interested in issues in the Philosophy of Time—particularly, the alleged dispute between Eternalism and Presentism—and in issues concerning causation. Most recently, he has been concerned with "causation by omission", as well as with the meta-philosophical issue of what metaphysics is and how it is possible. Links to some of Lombard's papers can be found at:

Professor Michael McKinsey (Professor)
works in the Philosophy of Language and has primarily concerned the semantics of natural language, especially the meaning and reference of proper names, indexical and anaphoric pronouns, natural kind terms, and the meaning and logical form of cognitive ascriptions. He is also very interested in the relevance of these topics to traditional metaphysical questions in the Philosophy of Mind, including the nature of cognitive properties and the mind/body problem, as well as to issues in the Philosophy of Logic, including the nature of logical truth and valid inference.  He is the author of over thirty articles on these and other topics. Some recent articles include: "The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions," (Nous); “On Knowing Our Own Minds,” (Philosophical Quarterly), “Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access,” (Philosophical Perspectives), “Thought by Description,” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), and “Understanding Proper Names,” (Linguistics and Philosophy).

Bruce Russell (Professor)
works in the areas of Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Epistemology. His publications include “How to Be an Anti-Skeptic and an a Noncontextualist” (Erkenntnis), “The Persistent Problem of Evil” (Faith and Philosophy), and “The Ethics of Drug Research in Pediatric Populations” (in Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology).

Sean Stidd (Senior Lecturer)
works in the areas of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Mathematics. His dissertation was titled Intertheoretic Reference in Mathematics, and publications include “Proper Names, Predicative Uses” in Language Sciences. He is also the Co-Editor (with Timothy McCarthy) of Wittgenstein in America (Oxford University Press).

Josh Wilburn (Associate Professor)
 works in the area of Ancient Philosophy. His recent work focuses on Plato’s views on psychology, moral education, and political philosophy, and he is currently researching how Plato’s criticism of democracy is connected with his views on the nature of the soul. His interests in ancient philosophy also include: Pre-Socratic philosophy; the ancient orators and sophists and their influence on Greek philosophy; ancient Pyrrhonian Skepticism; Epicureanism, and Stoicism. Prof. Wilburn also has a strong interest in contemporary Moral Psychology—in particular, in issues concerning addiction, compulsive behavior, and weakness of will, as well as in the relationship between reason and emotion more generally. His publications include “Moral Education and the Spirited Part of the Soul in Plato’s Laws (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy), “Akrasia and Self-Rule in Plato’s Laws” (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy), and “The Spirited Part of the Soul in Plato’s Timaeus” (Journal of the History of Philosophy).

Susan Vineberg (Associate Professor)
 works in the areas of Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Logic, and Philosophy of Science. Her publications include “Paradoxes of Probability” (Philosophy of Statistics), “The Notion of Consistency for Partial Belief” (Philosophical Studies), and “Is Indispensability Still a Problem for Fictionalism?” (Journal of Protosociology).

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