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Katheryn Doran


Katheryn Doran
Katheryn Doran

Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy

202 College Hill Road, Room 207
315-859-4135

Katheryn Doran studies and teaches courses on American philosophy, contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, environmental ethics and philosophy and film. She co-edited the most recent edition of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to the Basic Skills and has published several papers on the problem of skepticism. She is serving as the guest editor of a special issue of the American Philosophical Association's APA Newsletter that addresses teaching philosophy in nontraditional settings, a role based in part on a panel she chaired and participated in at the APA Eastern Division meetings in 2014. She was appointed in 2013 to the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy. Doran has run a philosophy book group at Marcy Correctional Facility for many years and serves as the vice chair of the board of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson.

Recent Courses Taught

Advanced

  • American Philosophy
  • Topics in the Theory of Knowledge
  • Contemporary Philosophy (20th Century Anglo-American)
  • Senior Seminar

Intermediate

  • Philosophy and Film
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Freaks (interdisciplinary sophomore seminar co-taught with Jinnie Garrett, biology)
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Symbolic Logic
  • History of Modern Philosophy

Introductory

  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy  
  • Science and Pseudo-Science
  • College 100: The Unity of Knowledge

Research Interests

Critical Thinking

  • Environmental ethics
    Epistemology (skepticism, and realism and anti-realism)
  • G. E. Moore and early analytic

Selected Publications and Projects

  • Blog on my philosophy book group at a local medium security prison for men
    http://debeauvoirintheyard.org
  • Guest editor, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, forthcoming, December, 2015.
  • Critical Thinking An Introduction to the Basic Skills, sixth edition, editor, 2011.
  • “Building Better People: Three Arguments against Germline Genetic Engineering,” delivered at Evil X conference in Salzburg, Austria, April 2009. Published in conference E-book: 2010.
  • “Stroud and the Significance of Skepticism,” Southwest Philosophy Review, January, 1996.
    “Moore's Paradox, Asserting and Skepticism,” Southwest Philosophy Review, January, 1995.
  • “Putnam's Realism and Relativity:  An Uneasy Balance,” co-authored with William Throop, Erkenntnis, 34, 1991.

College Service

  • Member, Search Committee for the President, 2015
  • Member, Speaking Advisory Committee, 2014-present
  • Member, Levitt Center Council, 2013-present
  • Chair, Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, S2013
  • Acting chair, Department of Philosophy, S2013
  • Member First Year Experience Committee, 2011-12
  • Chair, Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, 2011-13
  • Member, Kirkland Endowment Advisory Committee, 2011-12
  • Member, Student Fellowships Committee, 2011-12
  • Member, Dean of the Faculty Search Committee, 2011-12
  • Chair, Kirkland Endowment Advisory Committee, 2010
  • Member, Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, 2010
  • Member, Student Fellowships Committee, 2010
  • Fall director, Hamilton in New York City program, F2008
  • Co-lead environmental studies field trip to Tasmania, 2007
  • Member, Alumni Council, 2007-10
  • On-site assessor for Mellon Faculty Development Grant, 2007-08
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1996-2008
  • Member, Dean of the Faculty Search Committee, elected, 2005-06
  • Member, Environmental Studies Committee, 2003-11
  • Member, Kirkland Project Review Committee, 2005
  • Member, Search Committee for F.I.L.M. Position, 2005
  • Member, Search Committee for Christian Johnson Professorship, 2005
  • Member, Committee on Academic Standing, 2003-05
  • Chair, Search Committee for Dean of Admission, 2003-04
  • Chair, Appeals Committee, Board of Seven, 2003
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1995-2003
  • Member, Committee on Academic Standing, 2003-05
  • Member, Mellon Committee on Faculty Development, 2003-04
  • Member, Kirkland Project Steering Committee, 2003
  • Member, Search Committee for Health Professions Advisor, 2001
  • Chair and Organizer, Kirkland Project Panel Discussions at Reunions and Fallcoming  (six panels), 1997-2001

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Philosophical Association Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
Vice Chair of the board, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson
Philosophy book group leader, Marcy Correctional Facility
American Philosophical Association
Society for Women in Philosophy
Volunteer, Humane Society of Rome

Appointed to the Faculty: 1990

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

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