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Dr. Mark Alfino

Professor of Philosophy

Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave.
AD Box 049
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6753

Office Location
Rebmann 203

Mark Alfino teaches for the Philosophy Department at Gonzaga University. His teaching and research interests are broad, but tend to focus on two general problems: the nature of language and the nature of values.  He publishes on topics in ethics and, in recent years, has been working on the topics of Happiness and Wisdom.


Dr. Mark Alfino has been a member of the Philosophy Faculty at Gonzaga University since 1989.

 
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Dr. Kirk Besmer
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Gonzaga University
Philosophy Dept
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 6746

Kirk Besmer received his Ph.D.from the University of Notre Dame. His interests include Continental philosophy, especially Phenomenology and Existentialism, and the philosophy of technology. His most recent publication is: "Embodying a Translation Technology: The Cochlear Implant and Cyborg Intentionality." Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology. Vol 16 (3) Fall 2012. 296-316.

He is currently on sabbatical.

 
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Dr. Dan Bradley
Assistant Professor

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5976

Office Location
Rebmann 111

Dan was awarded a PhD from the National University of Ireland in 2008, an MA in Ethics and Cultural Studies from University College Galway in 2003 and BAs in Philosophy and Biology from Gonzaga University in 1999. His research focuses on the phenomenology of religion engaging Continental thinkers (including Ricoeur, Marion, Derrida, Levinas, Heidegger, Husserl, and Kierkegaard) and the neo-Platonic mystical tradition (including Augustine, Ignatius of Loyola, and Teresa of Avila). This year he is teaching Human Nature, Ethics, Phenomenology, and Philosophical Hermeneutics.

 
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Dr. David H. Calhoun

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies

Philosophy Department
Gonzaga University
AD Box 050
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509 313 6743

Office Location
Rebmann 211, 1205 North Astor

B.A. in Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa); M.A. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1985; Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1989. My teaching and research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy (especially Socratic method, Aristotelian virtue ethics, and friendship), philosophical anthropology/human nature, Christian existentialism, and philosophy of education.  Most recently, my research has focused on the historical and conceptual relationships between philosophy, Christianity, and natural science, and the problematic status of the "war narrative" that has emerged in the last century to characterize the Christian-science relationship.  I have offered a course covering this material, PHIL 446  Philosophical Reflections on Christianity and Science, each spring since 2006.  My most recent graduate seminar, in Spring 2010, examined Aristotle's First Philosophy in the Metaphysics.


I am the coordinator of the Gonzaga Socratic Club, which promotes philosophical inquiry into Christian doctrine, worldview, and practice. Information about the club can be found at http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/faculty/calhoun/socratic/.

Recent publications:

“Human Exceptionalism and the Imago Dei: The Tradition of Human Dignity.” Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square, ed. Steven C. Dilley and Nathan J. Palpant. Routledge Annals of Bioethics. Routledge (forthcoming December 2012).

“Prospects for Human Dignity before and after Darwin.” Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square, ed. Steven C. Dilley and Nathan J. Palpant. Routledge Annals of Bioethics. Routledge (forthcoming December 2012).

“From Solitary Individualism to Post-Christian Stoic Existentialism: Quests for Community, Moral Agency, and Transcendence in the Films of Clint Eastwood.” The Moral Vision of Clint Eastwood, ed. Brian Clayton and Richard McClelland. University of Kentucky (in press).

 
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Dr. Mark Chakoian
Lecturer

Rebmann 105
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Office Location
Rebmann 105

Office Hours
Monday, 1-4
Thursday, 1:15-2:15

Education: Ph.D. Philosophy, Loyola University (Chicago, IL 2011); M.A. Philosophy, Loyola University (Chicago, IL 2007); B.A. Philosophy, Mathematics, Bradley University (Peoria, IL 2004)

My scholarly interests include distributive justice (particularly Thomas Pogge's World Poverty and Human Rights), ethics in everyday life (such as the ethics of consumption), race theory and feminism.

 
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Dr. Jay Ciaffa
Associate Professor of Philosophy

AD Box 047

Office Location
Rebmann 103

Jay Ciaffa received his BA in Philosophy and History from Cal State, Chico (1982), and his MA and PhD in Philosophy from Tulane University (1991). He regularly teaches courses in African American Philosophy and Healthcare Ethics.  In the Fall of 2011, he offered a graduate seminar entitled "Nietzsche and the Ancients."  He also serves as an Ethics Consultant on the Deaconess Hospital Ethics Committee.  HIs publications include articles on Heidegger, African and African American Philosophy, as well as a book entitled Max Weber and the Problems of Value-free Social Science. 

 
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Fr. Timothy Clancy
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Honors

Gonzaga University
Philosophy
AD Box 030
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6701

Office Location
Hopkins House

Education: B.A. Gonzaga University (1980), M.A. Loyola University of Chicago (1982), M.Div. from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1989), S.T.L. from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1991), Ph.D. Loyola University of Chicago (1999)

Professor Clancy's teaching and scholarship focus on Hermeneutics, Romanticism and the Philosophy of Religion. Clancy is currently also Director of Gonzaga's Honors Program

 
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Dr. Brian Clayton
Associate Professor

AD Box 062
Spokane, WA 99258-0062

Phone: 509/313-6744
Fax: 509/313-5718

Office Location
Rebmann 201

Office Hours
Fall 2011: Monday, Wednesday 1000-1100; Tuesday, Thursday 1100-Noon; other hours by appointment

BA (Philosophy) 1978, Trinity College (Deerfield, IL); MA (Philosophy) 1980, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN); PhD. (Philosophy) 1987, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN). Dr. Clayton has taught at Gonzaga since 1986. He is currently the Director of the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute. He regularly teaches courses on Human Nature, Ethics, C.S. Lewis, Walker Percy and Faith & Reason. He has a special interest in contemporary popular film and its relationship to philosophical topics, especially virtue ethics.

 
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Dr. Theodore Di Maria
Associate Professor, Chair, Philosophy Department

Gonzaga University
Philosophy
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Ted received both his B.A. (1986) and M.A. (1988) in philosophy from Northern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1999. His primary research interests are currently in modern philosophy, particularly the theoretical philosophy of Kant, but he also has research interests in existentialist thinkers and ancient philosophy.

 
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Dr. Brian G. Henning

Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509.313.5885

Office Location
Rebmann House 113

Education: B.A.,summa cum laude, Seattle University (1998); M.A., Fordham University (2001); M.Phil., Fordham University (2002); Ph.D., Fordham University (2003)

Professor Henning's scholarship and teaching focus on the interconnections among ethics, metaphysics, and aesthetics. His books include The Ethics of Creativity (2005), Beyond Metaphysics? Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead's Late Thought (2010), Genesis, Evolution, and the Search for a Reasoned Faith (2011), Beyond Mechanism (2013), Being in America (in press), and Experience and Reality (under contract). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, "Ethics after Climate Change." (See his website for complete scholarship listing and curriculum vitae.)

He teaches courses on ethics, philosophy of human nature, environmental ethics, ethics of global climate change, and Alfred North Whitehead.

Dr. Henning joined the faculty at Gonzaga in 2008.

 
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Dr. Charles A. Hobbs
Philosophy Lecturer

AD Box 047

Phone: (509) 313-4249
Fax: (509) 313-5718

M.A. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University; B.A., West Georgia College.

Dr. Hobbs regularly teaches such courses as Philosophy of Human Nature, Ethics, American Philosophy, and Political Philosophy. Prior to Gonzaga, Hobbs was for three years ('08-'11) a visiting assistant professor at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN.

Hobbs' publications include:

-"The Intertwining of Culture and Nature: Franz Boas, John Dewey, and Deweyan Strands of American Anthropology". forthcoming in Journal of the History of Ideas

-“Epicurean Pragmatism”. forthcoming in Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey (Bloomsbury, ed. Christopher Kirby)

-"Reconsidering John Dewey's Relationship with Ancient Philosophy". International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 53, Issue 3, September 2013

-“Pragmatic Theory of Truth” in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy. Ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2013

-“Why Classical American Pragmatism is Helpful for Thinking about Death”. Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring 2011

-"Naturalism, Death, and Functional Immortality”. Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 1, June 2009

 
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Dr. Thomas Jeannot

Professor of Philosophy

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Education: A.B. Saint Louis University (1978), Ph.D. Saint Louis University (1992).

Areas of expertise: Marxism, Hermeneutics, Ethics, and Classical American Philosophy.

 
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Dr. Douglas Kries

Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., Professor of Christian Philosophy

Department of Philosophy
Gonzaga University
AD Box 049
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6720

Office Location
RB 105

Ph.D.: Boston College, 1988 B.A.: Seattle Univerisity (philosophy), 1982 B.A.: Seattle University (theology), 1982

 
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Dr. Quanhua Liu
Associate Professor of Philosophy

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509)313-3950

Office Location
Rebmann House 202

Quanhua Liu received Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University (1994), MA and BA in philosophy from Peking (Beijing) University (1985 and 1982 respectively). His current research interests lie in Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and modern and contemporary philosophy.

 
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Dr. Ellen Maccarone
Associate Professor of Philosophy

AD Box 047

Phone: (509) 313-3955

My BA is in Political Science from The George Washington University (1995); my MA is in Philosophy from Colorado State University (1998) and my PhD is in Philosophy from The University of Florida (2004).  My areas of interest are Normative and Applied Ethics, particularly Business Ethics and Feminist Ethics. I am also interested in International Developmental Ethics, Ethics and Food, and Ethics and the Professions.

Graduate Seminar taught Fall 2008: Theories of Justice

 
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Dr. Richard McClelland
Professor of Philosophy

Gonzaga University
Philosophy
AD Box 47
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6761

Office Location
Rebmann House 213

Graduated from Reed College in 1970 (BA in Literature; elected to Phi Beta Kappa);attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ 1970-71; graduated from Oxford University (Jesus College; BA, 1975; MA, 1980; both in Theology) and Cambridge University (Corpus Christi College; Ph.D., Ancient Greek Philosophy, 1985). I have taught at the University of Notre Dame (1981-85), Seattle Pacific University (1985-92), Seattle University (1993-99), and have been at Gonzaga since 1999. My special areas of interest are philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and the intersection of both with contemporary cognitive neuroscience, anthropology and ethology (animal behavior).  I have special interests in the emotions, empathy, other forms of nonrational cognition and their regulation.

 
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Dr. Wayne P. Pomerleau
Professor of Philosophy and The Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 050
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509)313-6750

Office Location
Rebmann 204

Degrees: Ph.D. from Northwestern Univ., 1977; M.A. from Northwestern Univ., 1972; AB from Georgetown Univ., 1968

Areas of Expertise: History of Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Human Nature

Published Books:  Twelve Great Philosophers:  A Historical Introduction to Human Nature and Western Philosophies of Religion:  Great Religious Epistemologies from Augustine to Hick

 
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Dr. Erik Schmidt
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Gonzaga University
Philosophy Department
AD Box 048
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313 - 5975

Office Location
Rebmann 205 (Rebmann is a former dorm across from St. Aloysius)

Office Hours
Dr. Schmidt is in Florence for the Fall 2011 semester.

BA (Philosophy) 1993, Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL); PhD (Philosophy) 2003, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). Dr. Schmidt has taught at Gonzaga since 2003. His current research addresses the intersection of moral psychology and practical reason and he is also working on issues related to the philosophy of art.

 
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John Shuford, J.D., Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Philosophy and School of Law; Director, Institute for Hate Studies

502 East Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5585

Office Location
Schoenberg Center, 007

Office Hours
Spring 2013
Monday 3:30-5:30 (Philosophy Students, 007 Schoenberg)
Wednesday & Thursday 12:00-1:00 (Law Students, 129 LAW)

Education: J.D. (University of Oregon, 2006), Ph.D. (Philosophy, University of Oregon, 2002), M.A. (Philosophy, University of Oregon, 1997), B.A. (English Literature, University of Washington, 1991).

Areas of Teaching: Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence, Social/Political Philosophy, International Ethics, Ethics, Human Nature

Professional Service:  Managing Editor, The Journal of Hate Studies

Research Interests:
philosophical perspectives on hatred, migration law & policy, critical regionalism, critical race theory, intergroup conflict, peace and conflict studies.

Recent Publications: “Immigration Regionalism (eco)” (U.C. Davis Law Review, 2012), “The Tale of ‘the Tribe’ and ‘the Company Town’,” (University of Oregon Law Review, 2012), “Pastures of Peonage” (with Keith Aoki et al., Northeastern University Law Review, 2012), “Welcome to Amerizona – Immigrants Out!” (with Keith Aoki, Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2011; reprinted in Immigration and Nationality Law Review, 2012); “(In)Visible Cities” (with Keith Aoki et al., Oregon Review of International Law, 2009); “Four Du Boisian Contributions to Critical Race Theory” (Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, 2001; reprinted in Du Bois: A Critical Reader, Ashgate, 2010).

 
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Dr. Michael W. Tkacz

Professor of Philosophy

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 062
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509)313-6760

Professor Tkacz specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and the philosophy of nature.  Much of his research is devoted to recovering the contributions of the thirteenth-century thinker Albertus Magnus to the development of scientific method and the metaphysical foundations of empirical science. Professor Tkacz also serves as President of the Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy.

 
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Dr. Rose Mary Volbrecht
Professor of Philosophy

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 048
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509)313-6756

Office Location
Rebmann 104

BA, Mathematics, Houghton College, 1974
MA, Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 
   1977
PhD, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1983

Specialties: Ethics, including Health Care Ethics and Feminist
  Ethics 

Ethics Consultant: Providence Urban Ethics Committee and RENEW (Regional Ethics Network of Eastern Washington)

Recent publications:

With Anita Tarzian, Dianne Hoffman, and Judy Meyers. "The Role of Healthcare Ethics Committee Networks in Shaping Healthcare Policy and Practices." Healthcare Ethics Committees Forum, 18 (March 2006): 85-94.

 

“Schaivo Uncertainty Can Be Avoided.” Guest column for The Spokesman-Review, April 10, 2005.

 

With Judy Meyer, RN, PhD. “The Story of the POLST form: How a Grassroots Effort Can Make a Difference in End-of-Life Care.” Delaware Nurses Association Newsletter. March, 2005.

 

With Myron Bloom, MD. An Ethics Primer for the Holy Family Hospital Ethics Committee, Spokane, WA., 2004.  A twenty-five page introduction to ethics and the work of the ethics committee for use by new members.

 

Nursing Ethics: Communities in Dialogue. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall,  2002.

 
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Dr. John Wagner
Associate Professor of Philosophy

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 047
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509)313-6752

Education: B.A. Catholic University of America (1970), M.A. Catholic University of America (1971), Ph.D. Catholic University of America (1979).

Areas of expertise/interest:  Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Chinese Philosophy

 
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Dr. Thomas Rukavina
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Office Location
None (retired)

Office Hours
Ph.L., Gregorian University, 1944
M.A., Indiana University, 1957
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1959

Professor Rukavina came to Gonzaga in 1958 and was promoted to Professor of Philosophy in 1970.  He was named Professor Emeritus of Philosophy in 1999.
 The Department's annual lecture series is named in his honor. 

 
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Fr. William Ryan
Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 111
Spokane, WA 99258

 

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