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Aaron Meskin

I moved to the University of Georgia to take on the role of Head of Philosophy in July 2019. Before that, I was Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. From 1999-2005 I taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The primary focus of my research is in the fields of aesthetics and the philosophy of art. I have published extensively on a wide variety of topics in those areas, including aesthetic…

Athanasios Samaras

Thanassis Samaras is mainly interested in the history of philosophy, ethics and political philosophy. He has published books and articles on the Presocratics, the sophists, Plato and Aristotle. SELECT PUBLICATIONS Books (in preparation)  The Household in Plato’s Political Philosophy  2015 Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide. Co-edited with Thornton Lockwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press  2014 Western Philosophy:…

René Jagnow

René Jagnow is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He completed his Master’s degree at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1996 and received his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montréal in 2003. Before coming to UGA in 2006, he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. Dr. Jagnow’s research interests lie mainly in the area of the philosophy of mind and, more specifically, the philosophy of perception. He is…

Youjin Kong

Youjin Kong is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. Located at the nexus of Social-Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), her research aims to analyze and challenge social injustice through philosophical frameworks. This research manifests in two key areas:  Bias and Fairness in AI: Dr. Kong analyzes how AI can reproduce and exacerbate gender and racial injustice…

Drew Costa

Andrew (Drew) Costa received his PhD from the state University of New York at Albany in 2002. His primary areas of teaching and research interest are ancient and medieval metaphysics and epistemology, with a historical focus on how these relate to the development of rationalism, empiricism, and transcendental idealism. Other current areas of study are evolutionary epistemology and contemporary philosophy of mind. With these, he is primarily…

Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis received his PhD from University of Toronto in 2019. His research is in normative and applied ethics. He is broadly interested in questions surrounding the ethics of killing and harming, the special relationships among individuals and certain potentially harmful institutions (military, police, medicine), and ethical issues raised by novel technologies. His most recent research has focused on ethical questions arising from…

Victoria Davion with dog
Memorial for Victoria Davion December 8

Victoria “Vicky” Davion passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Dr. Davion served as Head of the Department of Philosophy from 2005 until falling ill this year. She was founder and editor of the journal, Ethics & the Environment, and a celebrated scholar of ecofeminism and environmental ethics. The Department of Philosophy will host a memorial reception celebrating the life of Victoria…

Marianne Koshkaryan

Dr. Marianna Koshkaryan is a historian of Western philosophy. She did her undergraduate study in the Philosophy Department at the Moscow State University (BA, MA), and graduate studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of USSR (Ph.D.) and the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame (M.A.). In her research and teaching she emphasizes the importance of the cultural context of the philosophical texts. She is…

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright (PhD University of Arizona) focuses on epistemology with investigations into the normative aspects of epistemology as well as human reasoning about probability and preferences, and the limits that we as humans might face in such reasoning.

Piers Stephens

Piers H.G. Stephens (PhD University of Manchester) is an environmental philosopher with a background in the history of ideas in moral and political philosophy as well as in literature. He serves as the editor of Ethics and the Environment as well as philosophy reviews editor of the international interdisciplinary academic journal Environmental Values, and is a member of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the American…

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