Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair
J.R. Howard Hall
“In teaching philosophy, I encourage people to love the power of their own minds. The mind, like the body, must be exercised and exercised through work. Philosophy is the most extreme of extreme sports.”
During my free time, I like to do philosophy, read non-fiction, watch police procedurals, cook, do all sorts of DIY projects, and drink wine with my husband, Greg Bauer, winemaker.
I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University in 2002. My research is in Early Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind. I have published in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Res Philosophica, Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Journal for the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy and the Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the 18th Century.
With Brian P. Copenhaver (UCLA), I co-authored From Kant to Croce: Modern Philosophy in Italy, 1800 – 1950.
I am currently writing a book: A Natural Kind of Magic: Thomas Reid’s Science of Mind. I am also working on another book about the history of Italian philosophy, co-authored with Brian P. Copenhaver. I am also working on some co-authored papers with my colleague Jay Odenbaugh on aesthetics and perception.
Fall 2019 Courses:
PHIL 250: Philosophical Methods
Some of the main methods, concepts, distinctions, and areas of systematic philosophical inquiry. Including basic tools for argument, such as validity, soundness, probability, and thought experiments; basic tools for assessment, such as the rule of excluded middle, category mistakes, and conceivability; and basic tools for conceptual distinctions, such as a priori versus a posteriori and analytic versus synthetic. Includes methods, such as the history of philosophy, naturalized philosophy, conceptual analysis, and phenomenology, as well as areas of systemic philosophical approach, such as empiricism, rationalism, naturalism, realism, idealism, internalism, externalism, and nominalism.
Prerequisites: PHIL 101.
PHIL 302: Early Modern Philosophy
Development of modern ideas in the historical context of 17th- and 18th-century Europe: reason, mind, perception, nature, the individual, scientific knowledge. Reading, discussing, and writing about the works of Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Kant.
Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200 level philosophy course
- Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2012 to present
- Associate Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2007 - 2012
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2001 - 2007
- Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award, 2014
- Teacher of the Year, Pamplin Society of Fellows, 2013
- Mellon Foundation Faculty Development Seminar, Crime and Punishment in Comparative Perspective, with Paul Powers, Reiko Hillyer, Todd Lochner, Dawn Odell and Cara Tomlinson (Lewis & Clark College), 2012 - 2013
- Faculty Student Collaborative Research Grant, “Multimodal Perception,” Lewis & Clark College with Bryce Dalbey, Summer 2011
- Participant, Institute for the History of Philosophy, Vico and the Humanist Tradition, Emory University, June 6 – 17, 2011
- Visiting Faculty, Colorado Summer Seminar for Undergraduates, 2008
- Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, Aesthetics of the Scottish Enlightenment and Beyond, University of St. Andrews, July 23 – August 10, 2007
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2004
- The Graves Award, 2004
- Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, Consciousness and Intentionality,University of California, Santa Cruz, June 24 – August 2, 2002
- Faculty and Student Collaborative Research Fellowship, with Grant Aaker, Lewis & Clark College, 2002
- The Reid Project Director’s Prize, 2001
- Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1994
In preparation. With Jay Odenbaugh. “Emotional Perception, Empathetic Knowledge, and Works of Art.”
In preparation. “Memory, in Modern Philosophy.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Forthcoming. “Thomas Reid on Aesthetic Perception.” In Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver. Mind Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2014. “Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision.” Res Philosophica 91 ( 1): 29– 46.
2013. “Perception and the Language of Nature.” In The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, edited by James A. Harris, 107– 127. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2011. “Reid on the Moral Sense.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (sup 1): 80– 101.
- Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver. Mind Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- History of the Philosophy of Mind, 6 volumes, edited by Rebecca Copenhaver and Christopher Shields. London and New York: Routledge.
Ph.D. 2001, M.A. 1998 Cornell University, B.A. 1993 University of California at Santa Cruz