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Mel Webb, Ph.D.

Research Associate and Lecturer
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office hours: By Appt.

  • Biography

    Mel Webb is a theological social ethicist whose work is broadly concerned with political, theological, and philosophical constructs of flourishing societies, and the diverse ways that members of those societies are expected and enabled to foster mutual well-being. She studies Augustine and Augustinianisms, moral psychology, and pastoral responses to sexual and state violence. Mel has over a dozen years of teaching experience in prisons, seminaries, universities, and online classrooms. At Princeton Theological Seminary, she launched a certificate program at a local prison for both incarcerated and community leaders. She pursues collaborative research opportunities with scholars across several different disciplines, including religious studies, political theory, cognitive psychology, sociology, and educational theory. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, she is Research Associate & Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics and Lecturer with the the Honors College and the Center for Civic Engagement.


    • Ph.D. in Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary (2016)
    • Th.M. in Theology/ Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary (2009)
    • M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) (2007)
    • B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Covenent College (2004)
  • Recent Courses

    2018 – 2019: Lecturer, University of Texas at San Antonio

    • “Moral Imagination and American Incarceration” (Honors College / Dept. of Philosophy & Classics)
    • “Introduction to Humanities I: The Journey Theme” (Dept. of Philosophy & Classics)
    • “Happiness” (Honors College)
    • “Engaged Learning Experience” (Center for Civic Engagement)

    2017 – 2018: Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University

    • “Ancients: Journeys in Creation” (3 sections)
    • “The Thought of Augustine” (master’s-level seminar, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies)
    • “Moderns: Humanity and Its Limits” (2 sections, 1 at Graterford State Correctional Institution)

    2015 – 2016: Senior Teaching Fellow, Continuing Education – Garden State

    • Correctional Facility, Princeton Theological Seminary
    • “Old Testament Resources for Faith and Life”
    • “Understanding the New Testament”
    • “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”
    • “Pastoral Care and Counseling for Hope and Solutions”
    • “Theology for Faith and Life”
    • “Understanding World Christianity”

    2013 – 2016: Co-Instructor, Continuing Education – Online, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”
    • “Theology for Faith and Life”

    2013 – 2015: Instructor, Prison Teaching Initiative, Princeton University (English, Comp. Lit.)

    • “Composition I: Thinking about Knowing” at Garden State Correctional Facility
    • “Virgil’s Aeneid and Its Influences” at A. C. Wagner Correctional Facility
    • “World Literature I: The Journey Theme” at East Jersey State Prison
    • “Preparatory Writing Through Journalism” at Garden State Correctional Facility
    • “Introduction to Literary Analysis” at Garden State Correctional Facility

    2014: Co-Instructor, Princeton Theological Seminary (Theology Dept.)

    • “The Youngest Cappadocian: Gregory of Nyssa”

    2014: Lecturer, Princeton University (Religion Dept.)

    • “Christian Ethics in Modern Society”

    2010 – 2013: Preceptor, Princeton Theological Seminary (Theology, History)

    • “Augustine, His Confessions and His Influence”
    • “Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Israel/Palestine,” semester-long pre-requisite for travel course
    • “Israel/Palestine Travel Course” (3 weeks)
    • “Theology of the Lord’s Supper”
    • “Introduction to Systematic Theology”

    2005 – 2007: Teaching Assistant, Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

    • “Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies”
    • “History of Christianity II”
    • “History of Christianity I”
  • Recent Publications

    • co-authored with Vincent Lloyd, Joshua Dubler, and Charles Atkins, Jr., “Using the Language of Christian
    • Love and Charity: What Liberal Religion Has to Offer Higher Education in Prison,” in Carceral Intersections:
    • Christianity and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration, a Special Issue of Religions 2019, 10(13), edited by Douglas
    • Campbell and Sarah Jobe,
    • co-authored with Danielle Allen, Chris Dean, Maggie Schein, Sheena Kang, and Annie Walton Doyle,
    • “Humanities & Liberal Arts Assessment White Paper,” Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of
    • Education (2016).
    • “‘On Lucretia who slew herself’: Rape and Consolation in Augustine’s De ciuitate dei,” Augustinian Studies 44.1 (2013): 37-58.

Jessica Wright, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MB 3.456
Office hours: Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 1PM - 2PM and by appt.

  • Biography

    Jessica Wright is Assistant Professor of Classics and Medical Humanities at UTSA. She is a historian of the body. She studies representations of the brain and mental experience in the philosophical, medical, and theological texts of late antiquity. Although trained in the literature of Greek and Roman antiquity, she conducts her research in conversation with contemporary philosophy and history of science and medicine. She is currently writing a book titled The Care of the Brain in Early Christianity.

    When she is not immersed in the ancient world, she reads about the future and other alternate realities (she particularly recommends the work of N.K. Jemison and Octavia Butler). Before moving to San Antonio, she had lived in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, China, and New Zealand. Originally she is from Yorkshire, England.      


    • Ph.D. in Classics, Princeton University (2016)
    • B.A. in Classics, Cambridge University (2008)
  • Recent Courses

    2018 -2019: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

    •  Intermediate Latin II Universoty of Texas at San Antonio
    • Senior Seminar (Medical Humanities) University of Texas as San Antonio
    • Intermediate Latin I University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Classical Mythology University of Texas at San Antonio
    •  Ancient Medicine University of Southern California

    2017: Univeristy of Southern California

    • Bodies in Antiquity

    2016: University of Southern California

    • Beginning Greek
    • Intermediate Latin Prison Teaching Initiative (NJ-STEP)
    • Evil Princeton University


    • Beginning Latin Prison Teaching Initiative (NJ-STEP)
    • Beginning Latin Princeton University 
    • Thinking about Knowing Prison Teaching Initiative (NJ-STEP)

    Fall 2014

    • The Aeneid and Its Influences Prison Teaching Initiative (NJ-STEP)
    •  The Journey Theme Prison Teaching Initiative (NJ-STEP)
    • Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary Princeton University
  • Recent Publications

    In Preparation The Care of the Brain in Early Christianity.

    2017 The Jesuits in Ethiopia (1609-1641): Latin Letters in Translation, translated by Jessica

    Wright and Leon Grek, introduced by Leonardo Cohen, edited by Wendy Laura

    Belcher. Äthiopistische Forschungen series. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.


    Under Review “Preaching Phrenitis: The Medicalization of Religious Difference in Augustine of

    Hippo,” Journal of Early Christian Studies.

    Forthcoming “The Brain is a Treasury of Marrow: Theodoret’s Marginal Metaphor of the Brain,”

    Studies in Late Antiquity 2.4 (expected November 2018).

    2017 “John Chrysostom and the Rhetoric of Cerebral Vulnerability,” Studia Patristica 81.7, 109–126.

    2015 “Between Despondency and the Demon: Diagnosing and Treating Spiritual Disorders in

    John Chrysostom's Letter to Stageirios,” Journal of Late Antiquity 8.2, 352–367.


    Forthcoming “Ventricular Localisation in Late Antiquity: The Philosophical and Theological Roots of an Enduring Medical Model,” in Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the Visual

    History of Brain Research, edited by Chiara Ambrosio and William Maclehose.

    London: Elsevier.

    “Brain, Nerves, and Ecclesial Membership in John Chrysostom,” in (Re)Visioning John

    Chrysostom: New Theories and Approaches, edited by Chris L. De Wet and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill.

    “Humanizing the Brain in Early Christianity,” in Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies

    in Public Discourse, edited by Jamie Thomas and Christina Jackson. Lanham,

    MD: Lexington Books (expected September 2018)

Serife Tekin , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office hours: Mon. Wed. & Fri. 4PM - 5PM

Research area: Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Medicine (esp. Psychiatry); Philosophy of Mind/Psychology; Bioethics

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  • Biography

    Şerife Tekin was born in Turkey and she spent her childhood and adolescence on the Aegean coast hanging around the ruins of Ancient Greek Civilization. She likes to think that she is a philosopher because she stepped foot on the soils that the Greek gods, goddesses, and philosophers left their marks, inhaled the salty humid sea air they breathed in, and inhabited a sense of wonder that woke them up from the deepest sleeps everyday. She received her PhD in 2010 at York University in Toronto, with the dissertation, “Mad Narratives: Exploring Self-Constitutions Through the Diagnostic Looking Glass," following which she was a postdoctoral research fellow in Feminist Bioethics and Neuroethics at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. After Dalhouise, she completed another postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to UTSA, she was an assistant professor and the Director of Medical Humanities Minor at Daemen College, in Amherst, NY. Her research in Philosophy of Psychiatry is at the cusp of feminist approaches to Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Ethics. In her work, she aims to expand psychiatric knowledge by supplementing existing scientific literature with a philosophical study of the first-person accounts of those with mental illness — a rich but rarely used resource. She uses philosophical tools to engage with the scientific and clinical literature on mental illness, philosophical literature on the self, and the ethical literature on what contributes to human flourishing and expand psychiatric knowledge that will ultimately lead to effective treatments of mental illness. It matters to her that her knowledge and skills have impact on real lives, whether in the classroom when she is teaching, or outside the classroom when she is mentoring. When she is not teaching or writing, she likes to run, ride her bike, cook, and see art.


    Ph.D. in Philosophy, York University (2010).

    M.A. in Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan (2010).

    B.Sc. in Economics with minor in Philosophy, Middle East Technical University (2002).

  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate courses

    2013-2018 PHI 102 Medicine, Culture, and the Self: Introduction to Medical Humanities

    2013-2018 PHI 329 Magic and Science: Principles of Scientific Reasoning

    2013-2018 PHI 321 Medical Ethics

    2013-2018 PHI 247 Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry

    2013-2018 PHI 110 Philosophical Thinking

    2013-2014 PHI 457 Religious and Scientific Views of the World

    2013-2014 PHI 232 Ambiguity of Human Experience

    Instructor, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

    2012 Critical Thinking

    Instructor, York University, Canada

    2008 Mind, Brain, and Self

    2007 Philosophy of Psychology

    Teaching Assistant, York University, Canada

    2010 Social and Political Philosophy (Maloney)

    2009 Applied Ethics (King)

    2008 Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (Empiricism) (Jopling)

    2007 Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz (Rationalism) (Jopling)

    2007 Human Nature (King)

    2007 Social and Political Philosophy (Kompridis)

    2007 Introduction to Philosophy (Maclachlan)

    2006 Social Introduction to Philosophy (Veltman)

    2005 Existentialism (Hattiangadi)

    2004 Meaning of Life (Jackman)

    Teaching Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    2003 Political Philosophy (Crossley)

    2002 Ethics (O’Hagan)

    Teaching Assistant, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

    2001- 2002 Economic History and Civilization 1-2 (Yildirim)

  • Research in Progress

    EDITED BOOKS (Refereed)

    Tekin, Ş., and Bluhm, R. 2019. Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.

    Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. 2017. Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research.

    MIT Press. Cambridge, MA.

    Trachsel, M., Tekin, Ş., Biller- Andorno, N., Gaab, J., Sadler, J. Under contract. Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy

    Ethics. Oxford University Press. Oxford, England.

  • Recent Publications


    • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Guest Editors for Psychiatry and Its Philosophy. Special Issue, Synthese.
    • Tabb, K. and Tekin, Ş. 2018. Guest Editors for Pittsburgh Philosophy of Psychiatric Science. Special Issue, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology; Volume 25, Number 4.


    • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Beyond Mind-Body Dualism: Embracing Pluralism in Psychiatric Research – Introduction to the Special Issue, ‘Psychiatry and its Philosophy.’ Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1836-2.
    • Tekin, Ş., In press. The Missing Self in Scientific Psychiatry, Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1324-0.
    • Tekin, Ş., Outram, S. 2018. Overcoming Mental Disorder Stigma: A Short Analysis of Patient Memoirs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice; DOI 10.1111/jep.13009.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2016. Are Mental Disorders Natural Kinds? A Plea for a New Approach to Intervention in Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume 23, No: 2, 147-163.
    • Tekin, Ş., and Mosko, M. 2015. Hyponarrativity and Context-Specific Limitations of the DSM-5. Public Affairs
    • Tekin, Ş. 2014. A Perfect Storm: Health, Disorder, Culture, and the Self. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 165-168.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Self-Insight in the Time of Mood Disorders: After the Diagnosis, Beyond the Treatment. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 139-155.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Psychiatric Taxonomy: At the Crossroads of Science and Ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics; 40, 513 – 514.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2013. How does the Self Adjudicate Narratives? Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume: 20, No:1, 25–28.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2011. Self-Concept through the Diagnostic Looking Glass: Narratives and Mental Disorder. Philosophical Psychology, 24:3, 357–380.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2009. Hacking’s “Looping Effects of Human Kinds” after 13 Years: An Analysis. Felsefe Tartismalari: A Turkish Journal of Philosophy, 42, 58–66.

    BOOK CHAPTERS (Refereed)

    • Tekin, Ş. Forthcoming. Patients as Experienced-Based Experts in Psychiatry: Insights from the Natural Method. In The Natural Method: Ethics, Mind & Self, Themes from the Work of Owen Flanagan. MIT Press.
    • Tekin, Ş., Bluhm, R. 2019. Introduction to Philosophy of Psychiatry. In Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.
    • Tekin, Ş., 2018. Brain Mechanisms and the Disease Model of Addiction: Is it the Whole Story of the Addicted Self? A Philosophical-Skeptical Perspective. In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction, Pickard, H and Ahmed, S.H. eds., Routledge Press, 401-410.
    • Tekin, Ş., Flanagan, O.J., Graham, G. 2017. Against the Drug Cure Model: Addiction, Identity, and Pharmaceuticals (with Owen Flanagan, and George Graham). In Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use, Ho, D., ed., Springer Press, 221-236.
    • Tekin, Ş and Poland, J. 2017. Introduction: Psychiatric Research and Extraordinary Science. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. (Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. Eds.) MIT Press. Cambridge, MA, 1-14. Quarterly, Volume 29, No: 1, 111-136.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2017. Looking for the Self in Psychiatry: Perils and Promises of Phenomenology-Neuroscience Partnership in Schizophrenia Research. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, Poland, J. and Tekin, Ş., eds. MIT University Press, 249-266.

    • Stegenga, J., Kennedy, A.G., Tekin, Ş., Jukola, S., Bluhm, R. 2016. New Directions in Philosophy of Medicine. The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine. James Marcum (ed.) Bloomsbury Academic Press, 343-367.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2015. Against Hyponarrating Grief: Incompatible Research and Treatment Interests in the DSM-5. The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, P. Singy and S. Demazeux, eds., History, Philosophy and the Theory of the Life Sciences Series, Volume 10, Springer Press, 179-197.
    • Tekin, Ş. 2014. The Missing Self in Hacking’s Looping Effects. Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds, H. Kincaid and J. A. Sullivan, eds., MIT Press, 227–256.

    American Philosophical Association

    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

    Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

    Canadian Philosophical Association

    Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy

    International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry

    Philosophy of Science Association

    Society for Philosophy and Psychology

    Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Jessica Nowlin, Ph.D.

Lecturer II Classics
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30 P
Office hours: Mon. Wed. & Fri. 2PM - 3PM

Research area: Archaeology

  • Biography

    Jessica Nowlin is a Lecturer in Classics who is interested in the archaeology of the western Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BCE, methods of digital recording and preservation, and critical historiography of classical archaeology and art history.  She received her BA in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD in Archaeology in 2016 from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University. Her dissertation research was supported by a two-year Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her research focuses on the local acceptance, adaptation and transformation of imported objects and practices from the eastern Mediterranean by communities in mainland Italy and Sardinia.


    Dr. Nowlin has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Crimea, and in multiple regions in Italy (Basilicata, Calabria, Lazio and Sardinia). Currently, she is co-organizing the Sinis Archaeological Project, a pedestrian field survey near Oristano, with colleagues from the University of Michigan and SUNY Brockport. In addition to teaching courses within Classics, she works as a GIS Specialist with the Center for Archaeological Research at UTSA.


    • Ph.D. in Arhaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (2016)
    • B.A. in Classics and Archaeology,The University of Texas at Austin (2007)

Leo Bannister , M.A.

Lecturer I in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30B
Office hours: Mon. & Wed. 9AM - 10:30AM and by appt.

Research area: Autonomy of the Child and Philosophy of Religion

  • Biography

    Leo Bannister husband, father, retired OEF and OIF combat veteran, and professor, was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. His ancestry can be traced back to José Francisco Ruiz who was one of only two native Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. While he himself did not know it at the time he was brought up in a home that set the foundation for what would later become one of his greatest passions, philosophy. This groundwork festered with not much direction for years while he served in the Army questioning everything all the while seeking greater purpose and meaning. It wasn’t until he met his wife, his guiding light, that the quest seemed to take shape. She helped him though his combat injuries after his return from Iraq and gave him the confidence and support to move forward after retirement and get his graduate degree in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University. He finds his inspiration for such ideas as the autonomy of the child by observing his wife and children throughout their day to day life. Since 2014 he has served as a judge for the Annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl at St. Mary’s University. He has been teaching since 2015 and loves to see the evolution in others as they grow beyond wondering what Philosophy is to discovering the wonders that  Philosophy holds.


    M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University, (2015)

    B.S. in Philosophy, University of the Incarnate Word, (2013)

    Primary Leadership Development Course, Ft. Polk NC, (2007)

Jude Okpala, Ph.D.

Lecturer II in Humanities
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30J
Office hours: By appt.

Research area: Literary Theory, African Literature, and Logic

  • Biography

    Jude is originally from Nigeria. He studied English Literature and Philosophy with graduate degrees from Howard University. His research covers literary theory, African Literature, Logic and the interface between philosophy and literature.  He has extensively studied Igbo Metaphysics in Chinua Achebe and Ethical Imagination in Ben Okri. Presently, he is working on the new aesthetics in Nigerian Literature.


    •  Ph.D. in English, Howard University (2000).
    • M.A. in Philosophy, Howard University (1993).
    • B.A. in Philosophy, Bigard Memorial Seminary, Nigeria - Affilate of Urban University (1989).

Andrew Helms, Ph.D.

Lecturer II Classics
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office hours: Tues. 10AM - 11AM Wed. 4PM - 5PM Thurs. 10AM - 11AM

Research area: Medieval Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy, Philosophy of Religon

  • Biography

    Andrew Helms completed his doctoral work in medieval philosophy, at the University of Notre Dame in 2016. He also holds an MA in philosophy from Texas A & M University.  Andrew’s research interests are in medieval metaphysics, natural philosophy, and philosophy of religion, and in the reception of Aristotle and Plato among the medieval scholastic philosophers.  Andrew’s non-academic interests include violin music, water-color painting, and good fantasy literature. 


    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (2016).
    • M.A. in Philosophy, Texas A&M University (2009).
    • B.A. in Philosophy, Union University (2007).

Jonathan MacLellan, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30 G
Office hours: Mon. Wed. & Fri. 11:00AM - 12:00PM and by appt.


Abraham Graber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Medical Humanities
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30H
Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 11:15AM - 12:15PM Wed. 10AM - 11AM and by appt.

  • Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Iowa (2013)
    • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Iowa (2011)
    • B.A. in Philosophy, Carleton College (2008)

James Robert Adair, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies Support & Technology Services; Lecturer II
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-6216
Office: FLN 01-05.10A
Office hours: By Appt.

  • Degrees

    • Ph.D. (concentration in biblical textual criticism), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (1992)
    • M.A. (Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1993)
    • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1985)
    • B.A. Hons. (Department of Semitic Languages and Cultures), University of Stellenbosch (1989)
    • B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences (Math minor), Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas (1980)
  • Recent Publications

    • “Life Under a Fickle Sun: Solar Images in the Hebrew Bible,” article included in Wendy Barker Festschrift (forthcoming 2014).
    • “Fundamentals of the Faith,” short story (2011), and other poems, short prose, and book and museum reviews published in Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine (2010-present).
    • Introducing Christianity. London: Routledge, 2008. “Technology and the Transmission of the Biblical Text,” SBL Forum (April 2004).
    • “Creating and Maintaining a Premier Electronic Journal,” in Bible and Computer: The Stellenbosch AIBI-6 Conference. Proceedings of the Association Internationale Bible et Informatique “From Alpha to Byte.” University of Stellenbosch 17-21 July, 2000. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
    • “In Memoriam Dominique Barthélemy,” Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 34 (2001): 34-36.

Eve A. Browning, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy and Classics; Professor
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Office: MH 4.05.30 D
Office hours: Mon. & Wed. 12PM - 1PM and by appt.

Research area: Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Popular Culture, Classical Studies, Philosophies of Animal Intelligence

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  • Biography

    Eve A. Browning is very happy to have joined the UTSA Department of Philosophy & Classics in Fall 2014 and become a Roadrunner.  She grew up in Florida and attended the University of Florida for undergrad, and University of California San Diego for grad school.  Later she joined the Philosophy faculty of the University of Minnesota Duluth and learned the dire meaning of the phrase, "Winter is coming."  She has published in the areas of ancient philosophy, ethics, feminist philosophy, popular culture, classical studies, and philosophies of animal intelligence.  Her hobbies include running, horseback-riding, playing the violin, and singing in choirs.  She is pictured here with her very kind horse, Gentle John.


    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, San Diego (1979)
    • B.A. in Philosophy and Literature, University of Florida (1973)
  • Recent Publications


    • Under Contract for January 2020:  Xenophon for Our Time.  London: Anthem Press
    • Explorations in Feminist Ethics: Theory and Practice, co-edited with Susan Coultrap-McQuin.  Indiana University Press, April 1992
    • Philosophy and Feminist Criticism, Paragon Issues in Philosophy Series, Paragon House, 1992.
    • Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions, with D. Cole and F. Schroeder.  Greenwood Press, 2003.


    •  "Autarkeia in Aristotle", University of Dayton Review 19 (1988-9).       
    •  "Demonstrating the Pythagorean Intervals", Teaching Philosophy 11 (1988).
    • "Women, Slaves, and Love of Toil in Aristotle's Ethics", Engendering Origins: Critical Feminist Essays on the History of Western Philosophy edited by Bat-Ami Bar-On; SUNY Press 1993.
    • "Theophrastus on Animal Intelligence", Rutgers Studies in Classical Philosophy vol.IV, edited by W.W. Fortenbaugh (1991).
    • "Enchantment and Semantics in Plato's Euthydemus", Proceedings of the IInd International Conference on Greek Philosophy, edited by Konstantin Boudouris; Kluwer, 1991. 
    • "Weaving and Practical Politics in Plato's Statesman", The Southern Journal of Philosophy XXXIX, Summer 1991.
    • "Plotinus on the Souls of Beasts", Journal of Neoplatonic Studies I, Fall 1992.
    •  "The Soul of the Beast in Stoic Thought", Proceedings of the IVth International Conference on Greek Philosophy, edited by Konstantin Boudouris; Kluwer 1993.
    •  "The Last Best Ally: Sophocles on the Death of Oedipus", Interdisciplinary Humanities X.1, Winter 1993.
    •   "Body, Mind, and Gender", Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader ed. Gary Kessler; Wadsworth 1994/2008.
    •  "Animal Politics: Visions of Animal Political Life in Ancient Greek Thought". Skepsis VII (fall 1996).
    •  “A Peacemaking Way of Doing Philosophy”, chapter 1 of Justice for Here and Now ed. James Sterba.  Cambridge University Press 1998.  “Plato and Diotima”, chapter 1 of An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy ed. Karen J. Warren (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009)
    • “Xenophon on Beauty”, Xenophon 2 (2017)
    •  “To Gaze Upon Panthea: Xenophon on Beauty and Risk”, Skepsis International 2017
    •  “Xenophon on Ethical Leadership” (forthcoming invited paper for Anthony Preus Festschrift), Politeia 2019.
  • Professional Memberships:

    •  Phi Beta Kappa
    •  American Philosophical Association
    • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
    • International Society for Greek Philosophy
    • Fellow, Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture; Olympia, Greece

Joshua Thurow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Graduate Advisor of Record
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: 210-458-5352
Office: MH 4.05.30 E
Office hours: Mon. & Tues. 10AM - 12PM on Skype

Research area: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

  • Biography

    Dr. Thurow was born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin.  He's still getting used to living without snow and seasons.  Having philosophical conversations with students and seeing them grow their skills over time are his favorite parts of teaching.  In addition to his philosophical interests, he is an avid reader of various genres (including fiction, poetry, and theology), and he enjoys playing sports and following Wisconsin sports teams, playing boardgames, and spending time with his wife and kids.


    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2007)
    • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2004)
    • B.S. in Astronomy/Physics and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1999)
  • Recent Courses

    Teaching Topics

    • Basic Philosophical Problems
    • Contemporary Moral Issues
    • Approaches to Knowledge and Reality
    • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
    • Issues and Movements in 20th century Philosophy
    • Personal Identity and Resurrection
  • Research in Progress

    Current Research Areas

    • Explanations of a priori knowledge
    • The nature of intuition and its relationship to the a priori
    • Basic beliefs and the nature of defeat
    • The value of truth
    • The cognitive science of religion
    • The doctrine of the atonement
    • Collective responsibility
  • Recent Publications

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Alistair Welchman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-7215
Office: MH 4.05.30 M
Office hours: Mon. & Fri. 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Research area: Contemporary European Thought, Nineteenth Century German Philosophy, Border Ethics, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Kant

Additional Information
  • Biography

    I am originally from the United Kingdom, from a small town that no one’s heard of in what is statistically attested to be the most boring county in the UK, Hertfordshire. But I won a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin Madison, met my future partner and here we now are (she teaches philosophy at Trinity) with our two kids. When I haven’t been doing philosophy, I used to program computers for a living. And when I’m not earning a living, I like to play the piano, even though my son now plays better than me!


    • M.S. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems, University of Sussex (Distinction) (1998)
    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Warwick (1996)
    • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Christ Church, Oxford (Hons.) (1988)
  • Recent Courses

    • HUM 3013: History of Ideas (Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
    • HUM 3063:  The Modern World (Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
    • PHI 1043: Critical Thinking (Fall 2013)
    • PHI 2013: Basic Philosophical Problems (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2013)
    • PHI 2043: Introductory Logic (Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
    • PHI 2123: Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring 2007)
    • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Engineering Ethics (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
    • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Border Ethics (Fall 2011)
    • PHI 3053: Philosophy of Art (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013)
    • PHI 3213: Ethics(Fall 2007)
    • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Heideggerianism (Spring 2009)
    • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Phenomenology & Ethics (Spring 2010)
    • PHI 3403: Philosophy in Literature (Spring 2008)
    • PHI 4123: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Spring 2007, Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Kant’s Critical Philosophy (Fall 2010)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud (Spring 2013)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Topics in Logic (Fall 2013)
    • Various Independent Studies on Contemporary European Political Thought, Contemporary French Ontology, Nietzsche’s Genealogy and Advanced Logic.
  • Research in Progress

    My training is in contemporary French philosophy, especially Gilles Deleuze. But this French thought is so steeped in its German antecedents that I have been increasingly drawn into working on them, Kant, Maimon, Schopenhauer and Schelling in particular. Professor Judith Norman (Trinity University) and I have been working on translating Schopenhauer's major work, The World as Will and Representation for a number of years for Cambridge University Press (Volume 1 came out in 2010, and Volume 2 is--finally!--in proofs as I write this). Since moving to San Antonio I’ve also become  interested in normative issues, especially Border Ethics, which led to my edited collection Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer 2014) and right now I’m working on Schopenhauer's theory of compassion as the ultimate moral virtue as well as normative issues in Deleuze and Badiou.

    Occasionally I make forays into the philosophy of embodied cognitive science, often in collaboration with Professor William Short (Classics, formerly UTSA and from fall 2017 University of Exeter in the United Kingdom).


  • Recent Publications

    • ‘The Art of Willing: The Impact of Kant’s Aesthetics on Schopenhauer’s Conception of the Will’ in Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca and Margit Ruffing (eds.) Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht (Berlin: de Gruyter 2013), Vol. 5, pp. 639-50
    • ‘Heidegger among the Robots’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring/Printemps 2013), pp. 229-249
    • ‘The Question of Romanticism’ in Alison Stone (ed.) The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy: Volume 5—The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press/Columbia University Press 2011), pp. 47-68 [co-written with Judith Norman]
    • ‘Unacknowledged Harms’ Global Virtue Ethics Review Vol. 6, No. 2 (2011), pp. 20-54
    •  ‘Creating the Past: Schelling’s Ages of the WorldJournal for the Philosophy of History 4 (2010) 23-43 [co-written with Judith Norman]
    • ‘Deleuze’s Post-Critical Metaphysics’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 25-54
    • ‘Schopenhauer and Asian Thought’ on Matthias Koßler (Herausgeber) Schopenhauer und die Philosophien Asiens (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2008) in Journal of Indo-European Studies Vol. 37, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2009), pp. 26-43 [invited review article subject to editorial review]
    • ‘Deleuze and Deep Ecology’ in Bernd Herzogenrath (ed.) An (Un)easy Alliance: Thinking the Environment with Deleuze/Guattari (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press 2008), pp. 116-138
  • Forthcoming Translation and Edited Collection:

    • Arthur Schopenhauer The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
    • Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)

    Articles in Under Contract and Submission

    • ‘Deleuze and Schopenhauer’ in Craig Lundy and Daniella Voss (eds) Deleuze and Post-Kantian Thought (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, under contract)
    • ‘Schopenhauer’s Moral Philosophy’ in Jens Timmerman and Sacha Golob (eds) The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract)
    • [33%] ‘Deleuze: Sense and Nonsense’ in Tom Froese and Massimiliano Cappuccio (eds) Making Sense of Non-Sense: Enactive Cognition and Sense-Making Theories Facing the Uncanny (Palgrave Macmillan: under contract) [with William Short and Wilson Shearin]
    • ‘Schelling’s Moral Argument for a Metaphysics of Contingency’ in Emilio Corriero (ed) Schelling’s Realism and the Philosophy of Nature (aAccedemia Press, Turin, Italy, under contract)
    • ‘Schelling and Schopenhauer on Evil’ in Douglas Hedley, Chad Meister and Charles Taliaferro (eds.) The History of Evil in the 18th and 19th Centuries (Acumen Press under contract)
    • ‘Introduction’ to Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer under contract)
    • ‘Border Sovereignty’ in Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)
    • ‘The Concept of Eternity in Modern European Thought’ in Yitzhak Melamed (ed.) Eternity (Oxford University Press)


Susan Gelb Rosenberg, M.A.

Lecturer in Classics
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-8160
Office: MH 4.05.30R
Office hours: Mon. & Wed.10AM - 11AM

Research area: Roman Provincial Studies, Roman Archaeology and History, Ancient Architecture, Latin Literature and the Representation of Architectural Space

  • Biography

    Susan Gelb Rosenberg is a specialist in Roman archaeology and has excavated at sites in Italy, Jordan, Israel, and Tunisia. She has her MA in Latin literature from the University of Texas at Austin where she also did her doctorate work on second century CE Roman architecture in Jordan and Syria.


    • Ph.D. in Classics, expected January 2010 (University of Texas at Austin)

Oak DeBerg, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-7881
Office: MH 4.05.30 K
Office hours: Mon. & Tues. 2:00PM - 3:45PM and by appt

  • Biography

    Retired from the military after a 30-year career in the United States Air Force (USAF). Service included commanding an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) missile launch facility, original engineering research on advanced crew systems, aerodynamic considerations in air-to-air combat, developing unmanned aerial vehicle clandestine flight profiles, and determining ICBM basing requirements. Also served as executive secretary to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (academic and industry advisors to the Secretary of the Air Force and the USAF Chief of Staff). Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as technical and scientific advisor to several presidential and secretary sponsored panels concerning MX (aka Peacekeeper ICBM) basing issues. Later, appointed as arms control advisor for, and delegate to, several treaty negotiations with the Soviet Union (specifically, START and INF). In the twilight of career, was assistant chief-of-staff for a USAF major air command.                                 

    After leaving the USAF, pursued interests that could not be developed while on active duty. Obtained certification as a financial planner (loves fiddling with numbers) and taught folks to fly (became a flight instructor years earlier as a benefit of the GI Bill). Finally, decided to follow his second love, i.e. philosophy, history and science. Obtained doctorate in philosophy from Texas A&M University. Academic areas are military philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, animal rights, and philosophy of science.


    Married to his first love, Joellen, they have been a team for over fifty-six years.


    • Ph.D., Philosophy, Texas A&M University
    • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
    • B.A., Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • B.S., Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley)

Xunwu Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-7881
Office: MH 4.05.30 L
Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12PM - 1PM

  • Degrees

    • Ph.D. In Philosophy, Fordham University
  • Recent Courses

    • 20th Century Continental Philosophy
    • Asian Philosophy
    • Contemporary Moral Issues
    • World Religions
    • Philosophy of Art
    • Basic Philosophical Problems
    • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
    • Philosophy in Literature
  • Recent Publications

    • Justice, Humanity And Social Toleration 2008. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.
    • On The Life And Thought Of Habermas 2008. Zhongshan University Press.
    • Being And Authenticity 2004. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.

Michael Almeida, Ph.D.

Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-7748
Office: MH 4.02.30
Office hours: Mon. Wed. & Fri. 2:30PM - 4:00PM and by appt.

Additional Information
  • Biography

    Personal Website


    • The Ohio State University, Ph.D.
    • Bridgewater State University, B.A.
  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate and graduate teaching in metaphysics, ethics, logic, and philosophy of religion.

  • Research in Progress

    Research in Progress

    'Against Agnosticism'

    'Single Assassin Grim Reapers'

    'Necessary Gratuitous Evils'

    'Salmon's Paradox Resolved'

    'Chisholm's Paradox and Divine Omnipotence'

  • Recent Publications


    • Cosmological Arguments (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

    • Freedom, God, and Worlds (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

    • The Metaphysics of Perfect Beings (London: Routledge, 2008)

    • Imperceptible Harms and Benefits (ed.) M.J. Almeida (Dordrecht-Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).


    • 'Deontic Problems with Prohibition Dilemmas'

    Logique et Analyse, No. 127-128 (1989) 163-175

    • 'Deontic Logic and the Possibility of Moral Conflict' Erkenntnis, 33 (1990) 51-71

    • 'The Paradoxes of Feldman's Neo-Utilitarianism' Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 70 (1992) 455-468.

    • 'Collective Rationality and Simple Utilitarian Theories' Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review XXXIII (1994) 363-375

    • 'Refuting van Inwagen's "Refutation": Evidentialism Again' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 44 (1998) 23-29

    • 'Too Much (and Not Enough) of a Good Thing: How Agent Neutral Theories Fail in Prisoner's Dilemmas' Philosophical Studies 94, No. 3 (1999) 309-328

    • 'Rule Utilitarianism and the Right to Die' in (eds.) Robert Almeder and James Humber, Is There a Duty to Die? Volume XVII Biomedical Ethics Review (New York: Humana Press Co., 1999) 81-97.

    • 'Utility Pumps and the Value of Partial Compliance' in (ed.) M.J. Almeida, Imperceptible Harms and Benefits (Dordrecht-Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000) 95-110.

    • 'Why We Ought to be a Little Less Beneficent' Analysis 60 No. 1 (2000) 97-106

    • 'Opportunistic Carnivorism', (with M. Bernstein) Journal of Applied Philosophy Vol. 17, No. 2, (2000) 205-212

    • 'Introduction' in (ed.) M. J. Almeida, Imperceptible Harms and Benefits (Dordrecht- Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000) pp. ix - xiii

    • 'A New Cosmological Argument Undone' (with N. Judisch) International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Vol. 51, (2002) 55-64.

    • 'Rowe’s Argument from Freedom' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Vol. 52 (2003a) 83-91

    • 'Lucky Libertarianism' (with M. Bernstein) Philosophical Studies 113, No. 2: (2003b) 93-119.

    • 'Sceptical Theism and Evidential Arguments from Evil' (with G. Oppy) Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol.81, No. 4, (2003c) 496-516.

    • 'A Paradox for Significant Freedom' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 54 (2003d) 175-184

    • 'Marginal Cases and the Moral Status of Embryos' in (eds.) Robert Almeder and James Humber, Stem Cell Research Volume XXI Biomedical Ethics Review (New York: Humana Press Co., 2004a) 25-42.

    • 'Ideal Worlds and the Transworld Untrustworthy' Religious Studies Vol. 40, No. 1 (2004b) 113-123

    • 'Evidential Arguments from Evil and Skeptical Theism' (with G. Oppy) Philo Vol. 8, No. 2 Fall-Winter (2004c) 84 - 94

    • 'Supervenience and Property-Identical Divine Command Theory' Religious Studies Vol. 40 No. 3 (2004d) 323-333

    • 'The New Evidential Argument Defeated' Philo Vol. 7, No. 1 Spring-Summer (2005a) 22-35

    • 'Is it Impossible to be Moral?' Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review Vol. XLVI (2005b) 3-14

    • 'Is it Impossible to Relieve Suffering?' (with M. Bernstein) Philosophia Vol. 32, Nos. 1-4 (2005c) 313-324

    • 'Reply to Trakakis and Nagasawa' (with G. Oppy) Ars Disputandi Vol. 5 (2005d) 5-11

    • 'Infinitely Improving Worlds' Philo Vol. Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring-Summer (2005e) 37-45

    • 'Evidential Arguments from Evil' in Arguing About Gods (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) (w/ G. Oppy) 289 – 313

    • 'On Stone’s Evidential Atheism' Theoria Vol. 76, No. 1 (2006b) 5-22

    • 'The Unreal Problem of No Best World' Philo Vol. 9, No. 2 (2006c) 103-112

    • 'Rowe’s Argument from Improvability' Philosophical Papers Vol. 31, No. 6, (2006a) 1-26

    • 'Martin on Miracles' Philo Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring-Summer 2007

    • 'On Vague Eschatology' Faith and Philosophy Vol. (25) No. 4 (2008) 359-375

    • 'On Evil's Vague Necessity', Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Volume II Jon Kvanvig (ed.) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009a) 1-16.

    • 'Critically Muddled: Reply to Carrier' Philo Vol. 11, No. 1 (2009b)

    • 'Rollbacks, Endorsements, and Indeterminism', The Oxford Handbook of Free Will, 2nd edition, ed. Robert Kane (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010a) 484-498 (with M. Bernstein).

    • 'Two Challenges to Moral Nihilism' The Monist Vol. 93 (2010b) 96-105

    • 'Chance, Epistemic Probability, and Saving Lives: Reply to Bradley' Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2010c) 1-7.

    • 'O'Connor's Permissive Multiverse' Philosophia Christi Vol. 12, No. 2 (2010d) 297-308.

    • 'Theistic Modal Realism?', Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Volume III Jon Kvanvig (ed.) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) 1-15.

    • 'The Logical Problem of Evil Regained', Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume XXXVI: “The Concept of Evil.” (2012) 163-176.

    • 'Skeptical Theism and Undercutting Defeaters', in T. Dougherty and J. McBrayer (eds.) New Essays on Skeptical Theism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 115-131.

    • 'Best Worlds and Multiverses' in Klaas Kraay (ed.), God and the Multiverse: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives, (London: Routledge, 2014). 149-161

    • 'C. S. Lewis is Great But You Should Be Reading Alvin Plantinga', The Critique (2015) 1 – 13.

    • 'Bringing About Perfect Worlds', in K. Timpe and D. Speak (eds.) Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies and Concerns (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). 195 – 213.

    • 'Compatibilism and the Free Will Defense', in David Hunt and H. McCann (eds.) Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Free Will in Perfect Being Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 56 – 70.

    • 'Theistic Modal Realism I: The Challenge of Theistic Actualism', Philosophy Compass Vol. 12, (2017) 1 - 14

    • 'Theistic Modal Realism II: Theoretical Benefits', Philosophy Compass Vol. 12 (2017) 1– 17.

    • 'A posteriori Anselmianism', Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy Vol. 36, Issue 4 (2017) 599–607

    • 'The Multiverse and Divine Creation', Special Issue on Theodicy, Religions 8 (12) (2017) 1 – 10

    • 'Endurantism, Fixity, and Fatalism', Symposium on Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will, in Science, Religion and Culture 4(2): (2018) 47-55.

    • 'What Norms or Values Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?' (March 2018)

    • 'Actuality and Anselm', in Graham Oppy (ed.) Ontological Arguments (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 155-175.

    • ' Unrestricted Actualization and Perfect Worlds: A Reply to Langtry', Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion (ed.) Dean Zimmerman, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

    • 'Absolute Explanations and Theistic Modal Realism', in Kirk Loughheed (ed.) The Axiology of Theism (Oxford: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

    • 'Comments on Oppy', in Kirk Loughheed (ed.) The Axiology of Theism (Oxford: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

    • 'Comments on Dumsday', in Kirk Loughheed (ed.) The Axiology of Theism (Oxford: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

    • 'Comments on Hendricks', in Kirk Loughheed (ed.) The Axiology of Theism (Oxford: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

    • 'Reply to Oppy, Dumsday, and Hendricks', in Kirk Loughheed (ed.) The Axiology of Theism (Oxford: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

  • Honors and Awards

    Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Advisor (appointed 2006)

    National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, 2005-06

    Honors Alliance Outstanding Faculty and Staff, 2004-05

    Honors Alliance Outstanding Faculty and Staff, 2002-03

    President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Excellence University of Texas at San Antonio May 2000

    UTSA Faculty Research Award, November 1992

Jill Graper Hernandez, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-5191
Office: GSR 2.210A.1
Office hours: Tues. 3PM - 5PM GSR 2.210 Tues. 5PM - 6PM JPL Starbucks

Research area: Ethics, Early Modern Philosophy, Existentialism

  • Biography

    Dr. Hernandez earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of Memphis and her MA from Texas A&M.  She won an 8-month National Endowment for Humanities Faculty Award in 2014 as well as the President's Distinguished Achievement Award in Research and Teaching. When she is not working, she can usually be found hanging out with her amazing husband Gustavo and two beautiful girls, Allie and Sofie.

  • Recent Courses

    Dr. Hernandez regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the history of philosophy, as well as seminars in advanced ethical problems, feminist ethics, and existential literature.

  • Research in Progress

    Dr. Hernandez is currently writing a book on responses to the problem of evil from the perspective of early modern female scholars.  Additionally, she is working on various articles which focus on integrity, shared obligations, the second-personal problem of theodicy, existential treatments of the problem of evil, and the Knobe effect in ethics.

  • Recent Publications

    Dr. Hernandez recently won the Robert B. Papazian International Prize in Ethics for her International Journal of Philosophical Studies article, "The Integrity Objection, Reloaded".  She is the author of a monograph, Gabriel Marcel's Ethics of Hope, and the editor of The New Intuitionism.  Her articles have appeared in top journals, including Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Religion, Sophia, and The International Journal of Philosophy of Religion.