Philosophy Faculty Mentors

Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, Ph.D.

Rice University, 1994
Associate Professor of Philosophy & Ethics Consultant
Anne Quinn Welsh Honors Faculty Fellow
Office: Garey 106B/SAC 170; Phone: 610-519-4004

Dr. Brakman's scholarship focuses on ethics, clinical bioethics, and social and political philosophy. She has published on filial obligation and long-term care policy, decision making for the mentally challenged, ethics in assisted reproductive technologies and adoption ethics.  She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of the ethics of embryo donation, and she is a clinical trained bioethicist, serving as such for hospital systems and non-profit behavioral and mental health providers. 

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Walter Brogan, Ph.D.

Duquesne University, 1981
Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 184; Phone: 610-519-4712

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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John M. Carvalho, Ph.D.

Duquesne University
Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department
Office: SAC 108; Phone: 610-519-4098

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

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Julie Klein, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, 1996
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 175; Phone: 610-519-4715

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

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

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Georg Theiner, Ph.D.

Indiana University, 2008
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: SAC 172; Phone: 610-519-3286

Georg Theiner received his PhD in Philosophy, with a Joint PhD in Cognitive Science, at Indiana University in 2008. Before joining Villanova in 2011, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. He also holds degrees in Philosophy and Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Vienna. He works primarily in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with occasional forays into metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. In his book Res Cogitans Extensa: A Philosophical Defense of the Extended Mind Thesis (2011), Theiner argues that distinctively human cognition is not confined to the biological boundaries of skin or skull, but relies on, and actively incorporates an astounding variety of bodily, technological, social, and cultural resources. His research focuses on theories of embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive (‘4e’) cognition, socially distributed and collective cognition, the role of language and writing as technologies of the mind, and the history and future of cognitive enhancement. He likes to talk about all things philosophical – so, if you’re curious, please send him an email to set up an appointment.

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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

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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