James Harold is interested in both ethics and aesthetics, but most of his work focuses on the intersection of these two fields. Harold's work focuses on our imaginative engagement with artworks. His recent work includes a defense of classical Chinese and ancient Greek views about the moral value of music. He teaches a wide range of courses in ethics, metaethics, medical ethics, philosophy of the arts, and the philosophies of ancient Greece and pre-Han China. For office hours, please sign up online.
Nina Emery’s work focuses on the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of physics. She is especially interested in the question of how and to what extent our best scientific theories, especially quantum mechanics and relativity theory, should inform our understanding of time, probability, and laws of nature. She also works on the question of how and to what extent standard scientific practice relies on appeals to extra-empirical criteria like simplicity and explanatory power.
Sam Mitchell teaches logic and associated areas such as probability. His research is in justification in Philosophy of Science. He's particularly interested in how making observations justifies believing in hypotheses of a scientific theory. He is currently at work writing a book on how it is possible to justify a hypothesis by two independent experiments, and relatedly, how it is possible to justify one hypothesis independently of another.
Katia Vavova works primarily at the intersection of epistemology and ethics. She is interested in what counts as evidence of our own error and how we should accommodate that evidence when we get it. Some recent work focuses on how we should respond to disagreement with people whose opinions we respect (answer: with humility), and whether our evolutionary origins should make us doubt our moral beliefs (answer: they shouldn’t).
Mark Wells works on issues in applied ethics and politics. He is primarily interested in how ethical theorizing can inform personal, organizational, and public policy. Recently, he has argued that we should not market those goods and services we owe to others, that healthcare institutions should stop forcefully securing remuneration from patients who lack capacity, and that governments like the U.S. should expand legal protections for birds of the corvid family.
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Natalina Tulik is the Academic Department Coordinator for Philosophy, Religion and Jewish Studies. She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, award applications, and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She has been on campus since 1999.