Katheryn Doran, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: theory of knowledge, American philosophy, contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, environmental ethics, and the problem of skepticism.
Katheryn Doran, associate professor of philosophy, studies and teaches courses on the theory of knowledge, American philosophy, contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, and environmental ethics. More >>

She has published several papers on the problem of skepticism, and is currently revising a paper she gave at the 10th annual Pesrpectives on Human Evil conference in Salzburg (March 2009) called “Three Secular Arguments Against Germline Genetic Engineering.” She is also working on a paper linked to her Fall 2008 Hamilton semester in New York (Environmentalism in the Global City) called “Environmental Ethics at a Crossroads: Three Central Issues That Divide Us.”

Douglas Edwards, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Prior to joining Hamilton College as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy, Douglas Edwards taught at the University of Aberdeen and University College Dublin. More >>

Originally from the United Kingdom, he received his Ph.D. and M.Litt. from the University of St Andrews, and his B.A. from the University of Kent. Edwards works mainly on issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language and metaethics, particularly theories of truth. He is the author of Properties (Polity Press, 2014), and numerous journal articles. Edwards is currently working on a series of papers on naturalism, and an anthology on truth, called Truth: A Contemporary Reader (with Bloomsbury Press). He has also been the recipient of two major research awards: a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission, and a Government of Ireland Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council, along with grants from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for his doctoral and masters studies.

Todd Franklin, Ph.D., Sidney Wertimer Professor of Philosophy for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

Areas of Expertise: existentialism, African American philosophy, and Nietzsche.
Todd Franklin holds a doctorate from Stanford University. He teaches courses on existentialism, Nietzsche, and critical cultural studies and is a past recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award. More >>

Franklin’s research focuses on the existential, social, and political implications of various critical and transformative discourses aimed at cultivating individual and collective self-realization. The author of several scholarly works on the social and political import of various forms of existential enlightenment, Franklin is also the co-editor of a volume titled Critical Affinities: Reflections on the Convergence between Nietzsche and African American Thought.

Marianne Janack, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, theories of identity, feminist theory, philosophy and literature, and American pragmatism.
Marianne Janack, who received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, serves as chair of the Philosophy Department. More >>

Before coming to Hamilton Janack was a fellow at the Pembroke Center at Brown University and an assistant professor of philosophy at WPI, an engineering college in Worcester, Ma. She teaches classes in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and feminist philosophy. In 2004 Janack won both the College's Hatch Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Richardson Award for Innovation in Teaching. 

She is the author of several articles on objectivity and naturalized epistemology, and was the recipient of a major National Science Foundation grant to support her work on a book on the concept of experience in 2008-09. Janack is also the editor of Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty, published in spring 2010 by Penn State University Press.  Her most recent book, What We Mean By Experience, was published in 2012 by Stanford University Press.  She is currently working on a project about philosophical writing and another on intentional communities.

Theresa Lopez, Ph.D., Truax Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: moral theory, moral psychology, and applied ethics.
Theresa Lopez earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Arizona, where she also studied in the cognitive science program. More >>

Lopez completed bachelor’s degrees in biology and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Lopez’s research is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of moral psychology and ethics.

Her recent work focuses on the psychology of moral evaluation and moral development, and on how findings from science bear on philosophical questions about moral objectivity and the possibility of moral knowledge. Lopez has published in the journal Philosophical Perspectives, and the anthology Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms (Springer). She also has an active interest in issues in biomedical and environmental ethics.

Russell Marcus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: philosophy of mathematics, logic, modern philosophy and pedagogy.
Russell Marcus teaches logic and modern philosophy, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics, his main area of research. More >>

In addition to working on our knowledge of mathematics and Descartes’s epistemology, Marcus has published articles on philosophical pedagogy. He also spends some time thinking about, and teaching a course on, the role of intuitions in philosophy.

Before coming to Hamilton, Marcus taught philosophy at Queens College, Hofstra University and the College of Staten Island, and high school mathematics in New York City and in Costa Rica. He received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and earned a Ph.D. from City University of New York.

Alexandra Plakias '02, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Originally from New York City, Plakias graduated from Hamilton College in 2002 before moving to Santa Cruz, where she received an MA from the University of California. More >>

She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, and spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland.  Her research focuses on issues in moral psychology, such as the role of evolution and culture in our moral values; she has also written on moral relativism, and on the role of empirical research in philosophical theorizing.

Richard Werner, Ph.D., John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: ethics, ancient philosophy, pragmatism and public philosophy.
Richard Werner teaches courses in ethics, ancient philosophy and applied social philosophy. More >>

Werner’s recent research interests center on issues relating to applied philosophy: war, climate change, experimental ethics and evolutionary ethics.

Werner is the author of articles on ethical realism, pragmatism, just war theory and medical ethics in such journals as The Monist, Ethics, Analysis, Social Theory and Practice, and Contemporary Pragmatism. His article “Abortion: The Moral and Ontological Status of the Unborn” has been available since 1985 in one of the most popular anthologies in applied ethics. Werner is co-editor of Just War, Nonviolence, and Nuclear Deterrence (Longwood).

A past Tennent Caledonian Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, he has also been a recipient of a John Dewey Senior Research Fellowship and an NEH Summer Seminar participant to study Contemporary Moral Issues. He was awarded the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and the Pentagon Service Award in 2004.

Werner received a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Robert Simon, Ph.D., Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: philosophical and ethical issues in sport; ethics; political philosophy; theories of justice, philosophy and law; ethical issues in law.
Robert Simon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. A past Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, he has also served as president of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport. More >>

Simon was also a Fellow at both the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1975-76) at Stanford and the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. (1981-82). He was the successful coach of the men's varsity golf team at Hamilton from 1986-2000, during which time his teams participated in NCAA championships.

Simon is the author of Fair Play, (Westview Press) on sports and social values.  He is also author (with Norman E. Bowie) of The Individual and the Political Order and Neutrality and the Academic Ethic, and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Political and Social Philosophy. 

Simon is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. He was appointed the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy in July 2005.