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Photo of Janet Stemwedel Janet D. Stemwedel, Chair
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
  Hanh Le 
Department Administrator


Full-Time Faculty

No Photo Karin Brown
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

Ethics and Political Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy
Etienne Bown

Étienne Brown 
Université Paris-Sorbonne

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Social Epistemology

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Rebecca Chan
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; J.D., University of Colorado - Boulder

Metaphysics, Metaethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion

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Noah Friedman-Biglin
Ph.D., Joint Programme in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling

History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics

Photo of Tom Leddy Thomas W. Leddy
Ph.D., Boston University

Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Nietzsche
No Photo Jordan Liz
Ph.D., University of Memphis 

Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Medicine, Bioethics.
Bo Mou Update 11/20/19 Bo Mou
Ph.D., University of Rochester

Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy
Photo of Carlos Sanchez Carlos Alberto Sanchez
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

History of Mexican Philosophy, Phenomenology 
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 Joseph Stenberg (Undergraduate Advisor)
 Ph.D., University of Colorado - Boulder

 Medieval Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion 


Photo of Anand Vaidya Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
Ph.D., University of California - Santa Barbara

Epistemology (esp. intuition, perception, and modality), Philosophy of Mind, Critical Thinking, Comparative Philosophy (esp. Classical Indian and Analytic Philosophy)


Affiliated Faculty


Jason Aleksander (Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Research, College of Humanities and the Arts)

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Dante Studies


Adjunct Faculty

No Photo  Fern Alberts
M.A., San José State University
No Photo Lisa Bernasconi
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics
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Javier Cardoza-Kon
M.A. (Great Books), St. John's College
Ph.D., University of California-Santa Cruz

20th Century Continental/ European philosophy.Technology and politics, deconstruction, Indigenous Science and Native American Philosophy. 

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Andrew Delunas
M.A. Philosophy, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Early Modern Philosophy (especially Hume), pragmatism, consciousness

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Janet Giddings
M.A. Philosophy, San José State University
M.A. Theology, University of San Francisco

Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Ethics, and Gambling

No Photo Trevor Gullion
M.A., (Philosophy) San José State University 
No Photo  Tim Johnston
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Philosophy and Aging, Feminist and Queer Theory, 20th Century French Philosophy, Care Ethics
No Photo  Michael Jordan
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Phenomenology, and Existentialism
Photo of Jim Lindahl  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)
Photo of Tony Nguyen  Tony Nguyen
M.A., San José State University
Photo of Nathan Osborne 

Nathan Osborne
M.A., San José State University

Existentialism and Critical Theory

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Krupa Patel
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Epistemology (esp. perception)

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

Business and Professional Ethics
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Casey Smith
M.A., San José State University

Philosophy of Expertise, Experimental Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, and Logic

No Photo  Elizabeth Sonnier
Ph.D., Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University

Philosophy of Science, Process Philosophy, Logic, and French Phenomenology and Existentialism
Photo of John Wilhelmsson  John C. Wilhelmsson
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Phenomenology, and Edith Stein
Photo of Dan Williamson Dan C. Williamson
Ph.D., University of California - Riverside

Continental Philosophies with a specialization in Foucault, Postmodernism and Gender Studies; emphasis on ethics in various registers and corresponding interests in American Studies 
No Photo Kyle Yrigoyen
M.A., San José State University 


Emeritus Faculty 

No Photo Paul Bashaw
No Photo  Arthur Cody
Photo of Noam Cook  S. D. Noam Cook
No Photo Phil Davis
No Photo Amnon Goldworth
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Peter J. Hadreas 

No Photo Peter Koestenbaum
No Photo Tommy L. Lott
Photo of Rita Manning Rita C. Manning
 Mystery Person Chánh Phan
Photo of Bill Shaw William H. Shaw
No Photo Joe Waterhouse


In Memoriam