Research

My research explores the relevance of philosophical hermeneutics for feminist theory, socio-political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and bio-enhancement. Hermeneutics’ insights into the meaning and pervasiveness of interpretation establish it as a crucial perspective for addressing contemporary philosophical issues.  I am currently writing a book that defends the civic role of dialogue. If we are living in…

Teaching

Interests and specializations My primary teaching areas are ethics, gender theory, and peace and conflict studies. In addition to teaching history of western ethics, I have also taught contemporary ethics and a philosophy and literature course. My current Ethics course at Endicott College invites students to ponder, “what are the necessary components for the good…

Praxis

In our fast-paced, market driven world, people wonder why philosophy is relevant. Unfortunately, for much of the twentieth century, philosophy tended to have an insular and myopic focus. I am joining with other philosophers to broaden philosophy’s reach by promoting public philosophy (http://newenglandpublicphilosophers.weebly.com) and bringing philosophy to life. In particular, my work in dialogue motivates me to…

Let’s work together

I am currently seeking new ways to bring philosophy to life and am particularly interested in the theory and practice of civic engagement.