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  • Kevin S. Decker
    Kevin S. Decker
    Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229C
    Phone: 509.359.6018
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    Kevin S. Decker

    Professor of Philosophy

    EWU Faculty Organization President, 2015-16

    Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism, Romantic Thought

    Areas of Competence: Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences.

    Managing Editor, William James Studies

    Co-writer and co-producer, Men in Charge radio program, KPBX Spokane public radio                    

    Recent Publications

    • (forthcoming, 2016) The Philosophy of Breaking Bad (Palgrave MacMillan), co-editor with Robert Arp
    • (forthcoming, 2016 ) The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
    • (forthcoming, 2016) "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Secularism, Religion and Star Trek" in The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Decker & Eberl.
    • (forthcoming, 2015) The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "Dark Times: The End of the Old Republic and the Beginning of Chinese Philosophy," The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Eberl & Decker.
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "Science and Nature without God," in Robert Arp, ed., Debating Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence in the 21st Century (Rodopi Philosophy and Religion Series)
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "The Vale of Top Hats: Duplicity, Duplicability, and The Prestige," in George Dunn and Jason T. Eberl, eds. The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan (Arlington)
    • (2014) "Personal Identity and Na'vi Wisdom," in Avatar and Philosophy, ed. George Dunn (Blackwell Publishers).
    • (2014) "Dewey, Aristotle, and the Spectator Theory of Knowledge," in Christopher Kirby, ed., Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey (Bloomsbury Academic)
    • (2014) "Culture, Hermeneutics and the Batman," in The Philosophy of Tim Burton, ed. Jennifer McMahon (University of Kentucky).
    • (2013), with Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, "When All Roads Lead to Rome: The Catholic Hospital Dilemma Can Impact All Hospital Care," The Open Journal of Leadership 2:4 (December 2013), 106-109
    • (2013) Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who (I.B. Tauris, London/Palgrave Macmillan), author
    • (2013) The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-edited with Robert Arp
    • (2013) Ender's Game and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), editor.


    Recent Presentations

    • "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Star Trek, Religion, and Secularism," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (forthcoming, April 2016)
    • "Craft as Experience: Aesthetics as if Practice Matters," 2016 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2016)
    • "Men in Dark Times: Lessons in Chinese Philosophy from Star Wars," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (April 2015)
    • "The Practical Turn in Pragmatism: Intellectualism, Pluralism and Material Culture," 2014 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2014)
    • "Research is a Dish Best Served Cold: Fanning the Flames of Undergraduate Research Using Pop Culture," Faculty Administrator Network session at the 2013 National Council of Undergraduate Research meeting, LaCrosse Wisconsin (April 2013)
    • "In London Street: The Dewey-Trotsky Encounter in Politics and Praxis," 2013 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2013).
    • "What Does Naturalism Mean by Practical?" Inland Northwest Pragmatist Network, Gonzaga University (January 2013).
    • "The Permanent Trotskyist Deposit in John Dewey's Thought," Dewey in Mexico International Conference, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, (January 2012).



  • Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. University of South Florida (2008)
    Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. University of South Florida (2008)
    Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229E
    Phone: 509.359.6503
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    Dr. Kirby joined the Philosophy Program in the fall of 2008. The general focus of his teaching and scholarship is in the history of philosophy and comparative thought. Kirby (as his students call him) regularly teaches upper division courses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, the philosophy of religion, Chinese Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics, as well as several introductory philosophy courses, including Zombies and Philosophy!

    General Research Emphasis: History of Philosophy & Value Theory

    Areas of Specialization: Comparative Philosophy, American Pragmatism

    Areas of Competence: Ancient Phil., Chinese Phil., Environmental Ethics, Existentialism & Phenomenology, Phil. of Religion, Medieval Phil., Modern Phil. 

    Recent Publications:

    • "Gadamer, Dewey, and the Importance of Play in Philosophical Inquiry." Reason Papers, Vol. 38 (1) [Spring 2016] 8-20

    • "The Live Creature and the Crooked Tree: Thinking Nature in Dewey and Zhuangzi." Philosophica, Vol. 47 [April 2016] 61-76.

    • "Ned Stark: One Man in Ten Thousand," In The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy. Robert Arp & Eric Silverman, eds. [Open Court, 2016]

  • Terrance MacMullan
    Terrance MacMullan
    Professor of Philosophy and Honors
    Patterson Hall 229B
    Phone: 509.359.6020
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    Areas of Specialization 
              Social and Political Philosophy, Pragmatism.

    Areas of Competence

              Philosophy of Race, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy and Pop Culture.

              University of Oregon, Eugene OR
                        Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 2002
                         Dissertation:  Dewey and Du Bois: The Meaning and Consequence of Race

              Hamilton College, Clinton NY
                        B.A. in Philosophy with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude, May 1994
                         Honor's Thesis:  "Habermas' Discourse Ethic and the First Amendment"   

    Current Research Focus

               Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race.

    Current Projects

    • Book Manuscript in development: Greater America: Philosophy and the Promise of Inter-American Democracy

     Recent Publications

    • [Forthcoming] "Facing up to Ignorance and Privilege: Philosophy of Whiteness as Public Intellectualism," Philosophy Compass: Special Issue on Philosophy of Race, 2015.
    • "Fact, Propaganda or Legitimate Aspiration? Frondizi on the Philosophic Unity of the Two Americas," Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 5, Is.2, Fall 2014.
    •  [Forthcoming] "The Platonic Paradox of Darth Plagueis: How could a Sith Lord be Wise?" in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker, editors. Blackwell Philosophy, 2015.
  • Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D.
    Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D.
    Professor Of Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies
    Patterson Hall 229D
    Phone: 509.359.6026
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    Mimi Marinucci joined the faculty in 2000. She came to EWU from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. She has a joint appointment, and her time is therefore split equally between Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies. She was promoted to full professor in 2011. Her first book, Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory (Zed Books, 2010) received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award. The second edition of this book is scheduled for publication in 2016. Marinucci is also the editor of Jane Austen and Philosophy, which is forthcoming in the Great Authors and Philosophy series (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She has been awarded with the EWU President's Award and Professor of the Year award (2011), she was  a U.S. Professors of the Year nominee (2012), and she was awarded the Best of the West Plains EWU Teacher of the Year (2012). Her teaching and research are focused on feminism, philosophy, and feminist philosophy, particularly as represented in popular culture. She is especially interested in popular culture as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge about who we are as women and men. In addition to publishing numerous articles in various journals and books, Marinucci also founded and self published several issues of "Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine," a two-time Utne Independent Press Award nominee (2005, 2009).

  • Kathryn Julyan
    Kathryn Julyan
    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359-6738
    Fax: 509.359.6206
    Kathryn recently completed her PhD coursework in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a MA degree in Philosophy from Tufts University. She has held the position of Adjunct Lecturer at Eastern Washington University since 2002 where she teaches courses in Philosophy, Religion, and Women and Gender Studies. Between 2009- 2011 Kathryn acted as the founding!adviser for!EWU's student led group, the Compassionate Interfaith Society. Kathryn's areas of specialization are Indian Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Women's Spirituality.
  • Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle~MDiv, DMin
    Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle~MDiv, DMin
    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    And if now, there's so much bitterness in these silks,
    there's a tenderness that is never born,
    that never dies; it lets fly
    another great, apocalyptic handkerchief:
    the blue, unedited hand of God.

              --Cesar Vallejo, "Fresco," in The Black Heralds, as translated by Rebecca Seiferle


  • David Weise
    David Weise
    Patterson Hall 229F
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Fax: 509.359.6206
  • Kerri Boyd
    Kerri Boyd
    Program Coordinator for Philosophy & English Composition
    Patterson Hall 229P
    Phone: 509.359.7064
    Fax: 509.359.6206
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