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William A. Rottschaefer, Professor Emeritus
Office:  J.R. Howard 227
Phone: 503-768-7479
Email: rotts@lclark.edu

“My goal in teaching is that my students leave class each day with a greater love and understanding of the Real, the One, the True, and the Beautiful.”

I earned a BA in the Classics and Philosophy with honors from St. Louis University. I then received an MA in philosophy also from St. Louis University writing my master’s thesis on “The Object of the Intellect in St. Thomas’ Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Book of the Sentences.” After teaching Latin and Mathematics in a high school for three years, I obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, from St. Louis University. I then acquired a MS in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Finally, I earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, writing my dissertation on “Ordinary Knowledge in the Scientific Realism of Wilfrid Sellars,” under the direction of Abner Shimony.

My research has focused on the topics in philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics, the biological and psychological bases of moral agency, and the epistemic relationships between science and religion. I have published in a number of journals including Philosophy of ScienceBiology and PhilosophyBehavior and PhilosophyThe Journal of Consciousness StudiesThe Southern Journal of Philosophy and Zygon. Cambridge University Press published my book, The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency.

I was named the teacher of the year in 2002. I retired after the 2003 spring semester, but I continue to teach regularly on a part time basis.

 


Clayton Morgareidge, Professor Emeritus
Email: clayton@lclark.edu 

“My aim in teaching is to find ways to ensnare the minds of students in the endlessly rewarding pathways of philosophical perplexity. Philosophy is a life-long journey in which confusion and enlightenment are constantly succeeding each other, with each moment of enlightenment outshining the one before it.”

I came to Lewis & Clark College in 1965 with a new Ph.D. from Duke University. In my early years, I taught logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of science, as well as courses in Wittgenstein and the history of modern & contemporary philosophy. In the early 1970s, inspired by the events and social movements of the times, I turned to social & political philosophy, especially Marxism. In more recent years, I have concentrated on issues in ethics and moral psychology, writing and teaching on such topics as free will and punishment. Combining business with pleasure, I led overseas programs to Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, and Scotland. I retired after the 2001 fall semester. Besides books, I enjoy cycling, cooking, gardening, and travel.

 


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