Faculty

Professor Robert Baker

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Professor Robert Baker

B.A. with honors, City College of New York; Ph.D., University of Minnesota Bob Baker’s main areas of research are ethics, medical ethics, and the history of medical ethics. His most recent book is The American Medical Ethics Revolution(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000). He is also the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership. He is a restless soul who loves to walk, to travel, to meet new people and to try new cuisines. Email: bakerr@union.edu. Phone (518) 388-6215. Office  Lamont 103 Union Graduate College (Professor and Founding Director)...

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Assistant Professor David James Barnett

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Assistant Professor David James Barnett

B.A. New College of Florida; Ph. D., New York University David Barnett’s research lies at the intersection of epistemology with the philosophy of mind, including the topics of introspection, higher-order justification, skepticism, the Cartesian Circle, and the epistemology of memory and testimony. Email:barnettd@union.edu. Phone: (518) 388-6727. Office: Lamont 203. Personal Home Page: www.davidjamesbar.net

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Visiting Instructor Chalmers Clark

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Visiting Instructor Chalmers Clark

B. S. magna cum laude, honors in philosophy, Union College; M.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.</h4 Chalmers C. Clark, PhD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Union and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Neiswanger Bioethics Institute of Loyola University, Chicago. His background is in naturalized epistemology and biomedical ethics. Chalmers received his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and has been Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Ethics of the American Medical Association; Donaghue...

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Associate Professor Felmon Davis

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B.A. cum laude, Haverford College; Ph.D., Princeton University Felmon Davis’s research centers on moral theory, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, with particular focus on some contemporary treatments of the problem of the objectivity of moral belief and principle, e.g. in “discourse ethics” and analytical meta-ethics. In the end, his question is, what does it make sense for anyone to believe about right and wrong? There are intriguing connections too to recent work in the philosophy of religion (rationality of religious belief). Email: davisf@union.edu. Phone (518)...

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Research Professor John Kekes

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Research Professor John Kekes

B.A. (First Class Honors) Queen’s University; Ph.D., Australian National University John Kekes works mostly in ethics and political philosophy. He is the author of 19 books, including The Examined Life(Penn State University Press, 1988), The Morality of Pluralism (Princeton University Press, 1996), Moral Wisdom and Good Lives (Cornell University Press, 1997), The Roots of Evil (Cornell University Press, 2007), Enjoyment (Oxford University Press, 2009), and The Human Condition (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010) and of over 150 articles. Email: kekesj@union.edu. Phone (518) 388-6376....

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Research Professor Raymond Martin

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Research Professor Raymond Martin

<Ph.D., University of Rochester Ray Martin taught at the University of Maryland for many years before coming to Union College in 2002. The author and editor of several books, his research has been primarily in the areas of personal identity theory and the philosophy of history. His current project is a history of personal identity theory, to be entitled The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self. A notorious workaholic, he also enjoys traveling, the arts, hiking, movies, and golf. Email: martinr@union.edu. Phone (518) 388-6376. Office: Lamont 106. Personal Home...

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John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor Krisanna Scheiter

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John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor Krisanna Scheiter

B.A. University of Missouri-St. Louis; Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania Krisanna Scheiter specializes in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Her work currently focuses on emotion and imagination in Plato and Aristotle. She is interested in questions in both ancient and contemporary discussions regarding the ontology of emotion and the moral significance of emotions, especially ethics of anger, revenge, and forgiveness. Email: scheitek@union.edu. Phone (518) 388-6772. Office: Lamont 308. Personal Home...

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Professor William Vitek

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Professor William Vitek

B.A., Union College; Ph.D., with Honors, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York Bill Vitek teaches Environmental Ethics and Environmental Literature at Union. He is the author of one book Promising, and with Wes Jackson co-editor of The Virtues of Ignorance: Sustainability, Complexity and the Limits of Knowledge and Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place. He is also a jazz pianist and composer with three recordings devoted to children’s music. Email: vitek@clarkson.edu. Phone: (518) 388-6376. Office: Lamont...

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Dean of Studies Mark Wunderlich

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Dean of Studies Mark Wunderlich

B.A. Harvard University, Ph. D., University of Arizona

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Professor Leo Zaibert, Department Chair

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Professor Leo Zaibert, Department Chair

Department Chair J.D. Universidad Santa Maria (Venezuela); Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo Leo Zaibert’s research interests are in the philosophy of law, ethics, and political philosophy. He has published widely in these areas. Above all, he is interested in our responses to wrongdoing; and among these possible responses he has focused upon punishment and forgiveness. He previously held posts at the Simon Boli­var University (in Venezuela), the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and at Amherst College, and he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alexander von...

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Mrs. Marianne Snowden (Administrative Assistant)

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Mrs. Marianne Snowden (Administrative Assistant)

Marianne Snowden is the Administrative Assistant for both the Philosophy and Classics Departments, where she has worked since coming to the College twenty years ago. She is an unparalleled source of departmental history and advice. Outside the office she is the mother of two, and spends a lot of time on soccer fields and training the newly-acquired family pet, a Brittany Spaniel named Abby. Email: snowdenm@union.edu. Phone: (518) 388-6376. Office: Lamont 106

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