Representations of Death and the Afterlife in Popular Culture
Neo-Pragmatism and Truth
Kant and Hegel
Philosophy and Death
Have served on the national boards of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and the North American Society for Social Philosophy and president of New Mexico-Texas Philosophy Society
Member of the School of Criticism and Theory; recipient of four National Endowment Summer Fellowships/Summer Seminar
Recently published article on corpses in "Mortality" and book review in JAC
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 200 Greek Philosophy
PHIL 205 Seventeenth/Eighteenth Century Philosophy
Kant and Hegel
The Rhetoric of Philosophy
Postmodernism and Death
Postmodernism and Religion
PHIL 345 American Philosophy
PHIL 342 Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at El Paso, 1967-1969
"Disciplining the Dead," chapter published in Perspectives/n Embodiment, Ed. Honi Haber and Gail Weiss, Routledge, 1998.
"Written in Stone: Representations of Children and Childhood on Grave Markers, Puritan Era to the Present" Children's Literature Association, El Paso, TX, 2003.
"Advising at Johnston," Chapter published as part of Hard Travelin' and Still Havin' A Good Time. Eds. Bill McDonald and Kathy Ogren, Trafford Publishing, 2004.
"Philosophy and the Figurative: The Opening of Plato's Phaedo," Proceedings of the Society for Ancient Philosophy, published in association with the national meeting of the Society for Ancient Philosophy at the University of Oregon, 2005.
"Death, Lives and Video Streams," Mortality, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2008.
"The Dispossession of David Lurie," Chapter in Encountering Disgrace: Reading and Teaching Coetzee's Novel. Camden House, April 2009.
Outstanding Teacher, University of Redlands, 1984
Mortarboard Professor of the Year, 2001
Faculty Alumni Award, 1996
University of Redlands Research Grants
School of Criticism and Theory, University of California Irvine, 1977
NEH Summer Seminar on Philosophy of Science, Stanford University, 1979
NEH Summer Seminar on Exact Sciences in Antiquity, Yale University 1982
NEH Summer Seminar on Post-Modernism, University of California Riverside 1991
NEH Summer Institute: Embodiment University of California Santa Cruz, 1994
APA Workshop in Teaching Philosophy, Los Angeles, 1986
"Disciplining the Dead," Paper presented at IAPL(International Association for Philosophy and Literature) national conference, Villanova University, 1995.
"Descartes and Suicide," Paper presented at IAPL national conference, Villanova University, 1995.
"Memorial Photography," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Society (INCS) national convention, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1995.
"Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and the Annexation of Heaven," INCS national conference, Santa Cruz, 1996.
"Cities of the Dead: Cemeteries and Memorial Photography," IAPL national conference, UC Irvine, 1996.
"From the Annexation of Heaven to the Dying of Death," Pacific Sociological Association meeting, San Francisco, 1996.
"From the Annexation of Heaven to Sound Bites for the Soul," IAPL national meeting, Atlanta, 2001.
"American Models of Death: White Noise, Tuesdays with Morrie, Left Behind,' Conference on Representations of Death, University of Warwick, UK, 2001.
"Edouard Seguin and the Moral Education of Idiots," Children's Literature Association national meeting, Wyoming, PA, 2002.
"Sounds of Silence: Representation and Aporia in Post-Mortem Images of Young Women," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, Santa Cruz, 2003.
"Lost Girls: The Role of Young Women in End Times Literature," Literature Conference, Nashville, TN, 2003.
"The Theodicy and the Rapture: Images of Evil in End Times Literature", Phenomenology and Literature Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 2003.
"Appearing and Disappearing Corpses in Twenty-first Century Images of Death," Pacific Sociological Association Conference, San Francisco, 2004.
"Theodicy in the Left Behind Novels," paper presented at the annual meeting of International Society for Phenomenology conference, Harvard Divinity School, 2005.
"The Corpse and Its Fate in the 21st Century," paper presented at the national meeting sponsored by the Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield IL November 2006.
American Philosophical Association
Hegel Society of America
Association for Integrative Studies, National Board Member
North American Society for Social Philosophy
International Association for Philosophy and Literature
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies
New Mexico-West Texas Philosophical Society
Children's Literature Association