Department Faculty and Staff

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Full-Time Faculty


Karin Brown
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York,
Ethics and Political Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy

Peter J. Hadreas, Chair
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
Phenomenology, Aristotle, Greek philosophy, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Economics, Business Ethics, Merleau-Ponty, 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Thomas W. Leddy
Ph.D., Boston University
Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Nietzsche

Tommy L. Lott
Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
Modern Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, African American
Philosophy and Film/Media and Cultural Studies

Rita C. Manning
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Ethics, Political Philosophy, Feminism

Bo Mou
Ph.D., University of Rochester
Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Carlos Alberto Sanchez
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phenomenology, Existentialism, Social and Political, History of Mexican Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy

William H. Shaw
Ph.D., London School of Economics
Economics, Political and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Science and Social Science, Marx

Janet Stemwedel
Ph.D. Philosophy, Stanford, Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford
Philosophy of Science (esp. Chemical Theory and Practice), Metaphysics (esp. Causation), other interests: Ethics of Science, History of Science, Feminist Philosophy of Science

Richard L. Tieszen
Ph.D., Columbia University
Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Mathematics, Phenomenology

Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Critical Thinking

Professors from other SJSU departments who teach in Philosophy


Chánh Phan (Humanities)
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Political Philosophy and Asian Philosophies, The Chou I Ching, Tao Te Ching.

Adjunct Faculty


Paul Bashaw
M.A. San Jose State University
Epistemology, Ethics

Lisa Bernasconi
M.A. San Jose State University
Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics

Janet Giddings
M.A. University of San Francisco
Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Ethics and Gambling

James Lindahl
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Philosophy of Social Science, Cross-cultural criticism, Philosophical Issues in Anthropology (ethics of representation and translation theory)

George J. Pinto
M.A., London School of Economics; M.A., San Jose State University; Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Business and Professional Ethics

Elizabeth Sonnier
Ph.D., Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University
Philosophy of Science, Process Philosophy, Logic, and French Phenomenology and Existentialism

Dan C. Williamson
Ph.D., University of California - Riverside
Continental Philosophies with a specialization in Foucault, Postmodernism and Gender Studies, with an emphasis on ethics in various registers and with corresponding interests in American Studies

Emeritus Faculty


Jarrett Brock

Arthur Cody

Phil Davis

Amnon Goldworth

Peter Koestenbaum

Joe Waterhouse