Philosophy Faculty Mentors

Walter Brogan, Ph.D.

Duquesne University, 1981
Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 184; Phone: 610-519-4712
E-mail: walter.brogan@villanova.edu

Dr. Brogran is interested in ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy. His research work often focuses on the intersection of these two areas of Philosophy. He has done extensive work on contemporary European philosophers, including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Agamben, Nancy and Derrida. He is currently working on a project on Nietzsche and tragedy and another project on the postmodern community.

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Thomas Busch, Ph.D.

Marquette University, 1966
Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 181; Phone: 610-519-7492
E-mail: thomas.busch@villanova.edu

Dr. Busch’s interests and publications center upon phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics. This includes philosophers such as Husserl, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Camus, Marcel, Ricoeur, Gadamer and Levinas. Problems that he addresses concern the body, subjectivity, sociality and communication, language and meaning, oppression and alienation, and ethics.

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John M. Carvalho, Ph.D.

Duquesne University
Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department
Office: SAC 108; Phone: 610-519-4098
E-mail: john.carvalho@villanova.edu
Webpage: http://www.homepage.villanova.edu/john.carvalho

Interests include Ancient Philosophy, Contemporary Critical Theory, 20th and 21st Century French Philosophy and Aesthetics.

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Edwin Goff, Ph.D.

Boston College, 1974
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 139; Phone: 610-519-4651
E-mail: edwin.goff@villanova.edu

Dr. Goff received his philosophical training in moral theory and Immanuel Kant. His professional research addresses issues of social justice and the grounding of a liberal theory of social change. On the technical side, he is interested in detailing the central influence that Immanuel Kant's critical philosophy continues to have upon contemporary conceptions of justice, particularly that of John Rawls in his A Theory of Justice and subsequent publications. On the practical side, Dr. Goff understands that the questions of justice and injustice which arise in each of our local communities are the touchstones by which alone theories ultimately can be judged. Thus his interests extend to matters of concern that arise among members of the community at Villanova University no less than those in the broader civil society.

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John Immerwahr, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, 1972
Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 173; Phone: 610-519-5356
E-mail: john.immerwahr@villanova.edu
Website: http://homepage.villanova.edu/john.immerwahr

Dr. Immerwahr’s professional research interests are the history of philosophy, philosophical pedagogy and philosophy and public policy. He does consulting work in public opinion and public policy, which has recently focused on education and health care. Please send him an email to arrange an appointment. 

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Julie Klein, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, 1996
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 175; Phone: 610-519-4715
E-mail: julie.klein@villanova.edu

Dr. Klein's primary research interests lie in 17th century philosophy; she writes mostly about
Descartes and Spinoza. Other interests include medieval philosophy (especially Jewish and Islamic thought), contemporary continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Dr. Klein's research focuses upon philosophical understandings of the relationships of thinking, embodiment and affectivity. Most recently, she’s been working more on political philosophy, including topics such as religious toleration, sovereignty, and the use of torture.

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Sally J. Scholz, Ph.D.

Purdue University, 1993
Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC; Phone: 610-519-4099
E-mail: sally.scholz@villanova.edu
Website: www.homepage.villanova.edu/sally.scholz

Dr. Scholz researches solidarity, violence against women, transnational and global feminism, global justice, social and political philosophy, and feminist theory.

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James Wetzel, Ph.D.

Columbia University, 1990
Augustinian Chair in the Thought of St. Augustine, Philosophy Department
Office: SAC 177; Phone: 610-519-4709
E-mail: james.wetzel@villanova.edu

Dr. Wetzel investigates the religious dimensions of the philosophical life, or what might be thought of as philosophical piety. He looks especially at Augustine and the transition in Western philosophical thought from a Platonic discourse about virtue, ignorance, and the Good to an Augustinian focus on sin and grace. The investigation involves him broadly in questions of metaphysics and moral psychology and requires some flexibility of mind as to what constitutes genuinely philosophical discourse. His most frequent modern interlocutor is Wittgenstein.

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