Our faculty has published more than 30 well-known texts on various subjects in philosophy in the last decade.
The Department has built an area of strength in interdisciplinary philosophy of mind, including philosophy of psychology, moral psychology, cognitive science, and neurophilosophy, in coordination with the College’s Brains & Behavior Program and Neuroscience Institute. The institute fosters collaboration among Georgia State University researchers interested in the neurobiology of cognition and behavior, with over sixty faculty from eight departments, including four philosophy faculty who are jointly appointed in the Neuroscience Institute.
Eddy Nahmias works on moral psychology and experimental philosophy, especially free will, moral responsibility, and punishment, as they are informed by sciences of the mind.
Andrea Scarantino works on human and animal emotions, communication, and information theory. He is editor of the Routledge Handbook on Emotion Theory and recent winner of the Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy.
Neil Van Leeuwen studies belief, imagination, and the difference between them, with emphases on their etiologies (including self-deception) and influences on behavior. His recent work focuses on the philosophy and psychology of religious credence.
Dan Weiskopf works in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and language, particularly on concepts—their structure, content, and acquisition—and on representation in mind, science, and art.
Juan Piñeros Glasscock works on topics at the intersection of philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, and moral psychology.
Ed Cox focuses on metaphysics and philosophy and mind, especially the problem of mental causation.
Steve Jacobson focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of language, and epistemology, especially contextualism, skepticism, and the internalism/ externalism debate.
Two faculty in Psychology have secondary appointments in Philosophy and Neuroscience:
Sarah Brosnan works on primate and human social behavior and directs GSU's Language Research Center (LRC);
Eyal Aharoni works on prediction and deterrence of anti-social behavior and the impact of emotions and cognitive biases on criminal, moral, legal, and political decision making.
There is a distinctive Neurophilosophy Track available in the Department's M.A. program, on which students take at least two courses in neuroscience or psychology relevant to their research interests. The Department offers Brains & Behavior Graduate Fellowships to two students each year on the Neurophilosophy Track.
The Department has several faculty members specializing in the history of philosophy, especially Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy and Ancient Greek philosophy.
In Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy, Jessica N. Berry works primarily on Nietzsche, with a focus on skeptical themes in his work and his relationship to Classical thought, and she has interests in the work of Marx, Freud, and Schopenhauer. She is the Editor of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies and serves on the executive committee of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies.
Sebastian Rand works on Hegel and post-Kantian idealism, with a secondary interest in twentieth-century French and German philosophy. He is currently writing a book on mathematics and mechanics in Hegel’s philosophy of nature, and he serves as Vice President of the Hegel Society of America.
Eric Wilson’s research concentrates on ethics and moral psychology, particularly in the work of Kant, Smith, Butler, and Hume.
S.M. Love focuses on the political philosophy of Kant and Marx.
Greg Moore, with a joint appointment in History and Philosophy, is an intellectual historian with a focus on German philosophy since the Enlightenment (especially Herder, Fichte, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche) and the impact of scientific thought on German philosophy.
In Ancient Greek Philosophy, Tim O'Keefe works primarily on Epicurus, ancient ethics, and ancient debates on freedom and determinism, and teaches courses on those topics plus Plato, Aristotle, and the philosophy of religion.
Allison Piñeros Glasscock works on Plato and the Stoics, and focuses on issues at the intersection of ancient ethics and epistemology.
Jessica Berry works on Sextus Empiricus and other skeptics in the Hellenistic era and teaches on the pre-Platonic philosophers.
Juan Piñeros Glasscock works on Aristotle’s moral psychology.
Each year, the Department designates an outstanding incoming graduate student who expects to work in this area as a Graduate Scholar in the History of Philosophy. The Department is home to The Journal of Nietzsche Studies. It will also host the next meeting of the North American Nietzsche Society.
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing the best philosophical research about and related to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche.
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics seeks to enhance moral reflection, dialogue and constructive action on campus, in greater Atlanta and beyond.