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Core Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests
Kate Abramson
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Admissions
Sycamore Hall 115
(812) 856-3676
kaabrams at
Hume, history of ethics, contemporary ethics, and early modern philosophy
Marcia Baron
Rudy Professor of Philosophy
Sycamore Hall 126
(812) 856-0101
mbaron at
Moral philosophy, moral psychology, and philosophy of law
Gary Ebbs
Director of Graduate Studies
Sycamore Hall 117
(812) 855-7800
gebbs at
Philosophy of Language and Mind, Philosophy of Logic, Epistemology, and History of Analytic Philosophy, especially Carnap and Quine
Vera Flocke
Assistant Professor
Sycamore Hall 107
(812) 856-3315
vflocke at
Metaphysics, History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Language
Adam Leite
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Sycamore Hall 107
(812) 856-4148
aleite at
Contemporary Epistemology
Kirk Ludwig
Department Chair
Sycamore Hall 125
(812) 855-2404
ludwig at
Philosophy of Mind & Action, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Epistemology
Charles McCarty
Sycamore Hall 121
dmccarty at
Foundations of mathematics and logic, early analytical philosophy, and the history of mathematics and logic

Katy Meadows
Assistant Professor

Sycamore Hall 113
(812) 855-5181
meadows at
Ancient Philosophy

Timothy O'Connor

Sycamore Hall 122
(812) 855-6817
toconnor at
Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion

John Robison
Visiting Lecturer

Sycamore Hall 123
(812) 855-5998
jorobis at
Ethics, Epistemology

Elizabeth Schechter
Associate Professor

Sycamore Hall 124
(812) 855-9989 esschech at
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Frederick F. Schmitt
Oscar R. Ewing Professor of Philosophy
Sycamore Hall 111
(812) 855-3296
fschmitt at
Epistemology and metaphysics and the history of epistemology and metaphysics
Sandra Shapshay
Sycamore Hall 015
(812) 855-4131
sshapsha at
Schopenhauer, Kant, the history of aesthetics and ethics in 19th century Continental philosophy
Allen Wood
Ruth Norman Halls
Professor of Philosophy
Sycamore Hall 124
(812) 856-0912
awwood at
History of modern philosophy, especially Kant and German idealism, and chiefly in the areas of ethics and social and political philosophy.
Rega Wood
Sycamore Hall 119
(812) 856-3783
regawood at
Medieval Philosophy, Ethics and the History and Philosophy of Science. 


Faculty with primarily administrative duties

Faculty Member Contact Education
Michael A. McRobbie
President of Indiana University
Professor of Philosophy
(812) 855-4613
iupres at
Ph.D. Australian National University, 1979


Postdoctoral Fellows

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests Office Hours
Kimberly Brewer
Halls Postdoctoral Fellow
Sycamore Hall 011

kimbbrew at

Kant, and Early Modern Philosophy (especially M&E), philosophy of religion, moral psychology, and the ethics of eating.


Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests
Nino B. Cocchiarella
Professor Emeritus
cocchiar at Logic and formal semantics; philosophy of mathematics, language, and science; artificial intelligence and cognitive science
J. Michael Dunn
Oscar Ewing Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
dunn at Information based logics and relations between logic and computer science
Paul D. Eisenberg
Professor Emeritus
Weatherly Hall 111
(812) 855-7774
eisenber at
Philosophies of Plato and Spinoza and, especially, Hegel and Nietzsche
Milton Fisk
Professor Emeritus
fiskm at Applied and health ethics, contemporary continental philosophy, Marxist philosophy, political philosophy, and the history of social and political philosophy
Mark Kaplan
Professor Emeritus
kaplanm at Decision theory, Epistemology, J. L. Austin
Karen Hanson
Professor Emeritus
hansonk at  
Michael L. Morgan
Professor Emeritus
morganm at Ancient Greek Philosophy to philosophy, religious thought, and political theory in the twentieth century
Dennis M. Senchuk
Professor Emeritus

senchuk at
Action theory, epistemology, metaphysics, moral development, philosophy of education, biology, and psychology
Paul Vincent Spade
Professor Emeritus
spade at Medieval philosophy, particularly late medieval logic and semantic theory
Joan Weiner
Professor Emeritus
begriff at Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic, History of Analytic Philosophy, Frege


Recently Deceased Faculty

Faculty Member Obituary
Raymond Smullyan (1919-2017)

Raymond Smullyan, mathematician and logician, was the Oscar R. Ewing Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University. He was born in Queens, NY. He attended Pacific University and Reed College in Oregon, and then studied math and logic on his own. He learned magic and put together a magic show and performed under the stage name Five-Ace Merrill at nightclubs in Chicago, where he earned his bachelors degree in mathematics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and taught at Princeton, Yeshiva University, and Lehman College of the City University of New York before joining the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington. He wrote over 30 books. He was perhaps best known for his books on logic puzzles, which include This Book Needs No Title, What is the Name of This Book?, The Tao is Silent, To Mock a Mockingbird, The Chess Mysteries of Sherlocke Holmes, The Lady or the Tiger & Other Logic Puzzles, Alice in Puzzleland, and Logical Labyrinths, among others. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1982. Smullyan was also a musician. He continued to write and publish books in his 90s, publishing fifteen books since 2010, including his most recent book, A Mixed Bag: Jokes, Riddles, Puzzles and Memorabilia (2016), A Beginner's Guide to Mathematical Logic (2014), and Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (2010). Obituaries appeared in the New York Times, The Telegraph, andThe Boston Globe. About death, he wrote: "Why should I be worried about dying? It’s not going to happen in my lifetime!”

He died on February 6, 2017 in Hudson, NY, at the age of 97.

George Nakhnikian (1920-2012) George Nakhnikian was appointed Chair of the department in 1968 and deserves much of the credit for the department's subsequent rise to national and international prominence. He retired from IU in 1987. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Harvard, and after serving with the United States Army in Europe in the Second World War, he returned to Harvard to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy. His scholarly work in philosophy focused on several great historical figures and on various problems in contemporary moral theory. In addition to his Introduction to Philosophy, published in 1967, he edited or co-edited two important anthologies, Morality and the Language of Conduct (1963) and Bertrand Russell's Philosophy (1974). His last article was published as recently as 2004.

He died on Monday afternoon, July 30, 2012, at age 91.

A Memory Book is available from the department memorial held on April 19th, 2013.


Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests
Barry L. Bull
Professor of Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 4240
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Moral status and justification of the education enterprise and of particular education policies
Jordi Cat
Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
Ballentine Hall 656
(812) 855-8806
jcat at
Physics, Unity of Science, Application of Mathematics, Application of Mathematics, History of Philosophy of Science, Visual and Material Culture and Cognition
Judy Failer
Associate Professor of Political Science
Woodburn Hall 210
(812) 855-6308
jfailer at
intersection of public law, political philosophy, and ethics and public policy
Amit Hagar
Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
Ballentine Hall 644A
(812) 855-2541
hagara at
Statistical & Quantum Mechanics, Time, Quantum Information & Computing
Douglas Hofstadter
College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science
CRCC, 510 N. Fess Ave
(812) 855-6965
dughof at
Cognitive science, computers, artificial intelligence, creativity, intelligence, psychology, thought process
Jeffrey Isaac
Rudy Professor of Political Science
Woodburn Hall 210
(812) 855-8605
isaac at
Contemporary challenges to democratic politics
Daniel M. Leivant
Professor of Computer Science
Lindley Hall 201A
(812) 855-6221
leivant at
Theory of computing, theory of programming languages, mathematical logic and foundations of mathematics
Elisabeth Lloyd
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
Ballentine Hall 652
(812) 855-3195
ealloyd at
Biology, Models
Luise Prior McCarty
Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 4236
(812) 856-8385
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Philosophy of Education
Lawrence S. Moss
Professor of Mathematics
Rawles Hall 323
(812) 855-8281
lmoss at
Applied logic, coalgebra, natural logic, epistemic logic
William Rasch
Professor of Germanic Studies
Ballantine Hall 654
(812) 855-7947
wrasch at
German philosophical tradition, especially social and political theory
Jutta Schickore
Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

Ballentine Hall 647
(812) 855-9728


Life Sciences, Scientific Practice, History of Philosophy of Science
Brian Schrag
Associate Professor, Retired Executive Director of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
bschrag at Practical and Professional Ethics, research ethics
Aaron Stalnaker
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
astalnak at Comparative religious ethics, Chinese and Christian thought, moral philosophy, theories and philosophy of religion
John Walbridge
Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Culture
Global and International Studies Building 3042
(812) 855-8689
jwalbrid at
Islamic philosophy; Islamic intellectual history, emphasis on the cultural role of philosophy and science


Emeritus Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests
James G. Hart
Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
Sycamore Hall 007
(812) 855-8089
hart at
Philosophy of Religion; Philosophical Theology; Peace and Conflict studies
Oscar Kenshur
Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of English and Philosophy
okenshur at Interrelations between literature and philosophy
Noretta Koertge
Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science
koertge at Philosophy of Science
Gerald J. Larson
Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
glarson at Indian Philosophy; Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion; History of Religions


Librarian for Philosophy

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests
Nicholae Cline
Assistant Librarian for Media Studies, Gender Studies, and Philosophy.
(812) 855-8065
nacline at
Ethics and epistemology, critical theory, animal liberation, queerness and gender studies, feminism, critical race and ethnic studies (particularly indigenous history and identity), diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, activism and social justice, and film and media studies.