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Department Chair

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Tiger Roholt

208 Schmitt Hall
973-655-7417
roholtt@montclair.edu
Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays 2–3, Weds. 12–1; Thurs. 2–4

Tiger Roholt (associate professor and chair) received his PhD from Columbia University. His research interests include the philosophy of art and music, phenomenology, and the philosophy of technology. Courses he teaches include Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, and Introduction to Philosophy. His most recent essay is “On the Divide: Analytic and Continental Philosophy of Music” (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2017). He has published two books: Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and Key Terms in Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). More information can be found on Tiger Roholt’s Website.

Staff

Tamicha Adams is the program assistant for the Department of Philosophy.

Full-Time Faculty

Chris Herrera (associate professor of philosophy) received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include research ethics, the philosophy of sport, and the philosophy of science. Courses he regularly teaches in the Department of Philosophy include: Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Logic, Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Research, and Ancient Philosophy.

Kirk McDermid (assistant professor of philosophy) received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He has published articles on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. His research interests include the philosophy of science, logic, and philosophical issues involved in the creationism/evolutionism debate. Courses he regularly teaches in the Department of Philosophy include: Philosophy of Science, Introduction to Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Biology.

Jon Morgan (assistant professor of philosophy) received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests are within philosophy of mind. Currently, his research focuses on the nature of perception, and his most recent article on this topic “Naïve Realism and Phenomenal Overlap” appeared in Philosophical Studies (2017). The courses he teaches include Philosophy of Mind and Introduction to Philosophy. You can read more about him, his research, and the courses he teaches on Jon Morgan’s Website.

Meghan Robison, assistant professor, received a PhD from The New School for Social Research. Her research interests include issues in modern philosophy, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is currently at work on a book on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, which offers an original reading of the exit from the State of Nature by reexamining the role of Hobbes’ conception of life as “a motion of limbs,” and its connection to the contracts that form the basis of the Commonwealth. Courses she teaches include History of Modern Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy.

Emeritus Faculty

David Benfield received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He published articles in Kant-Studien, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and Philosophical Studies. His research interests include the Wason Task (and why the “right” answer isn’t really right), the analysis of fictional objects, the ethical and social aspects of cyberspace, and the new public atheism. A member of the national APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, he participated in three NEH Summer Seminars. He helped develop and then regularly taught the “The Professional Semester,” an experiential education course for liberal arts majors seeking work experience. He served in the University Senate as Chair of the Administrative Affairs Council and as Secretary; he was a member of the faculty union and functioned as the official liaison between AFT Local 1904 and the University Senate from 2009 until his retirement as Professor of Philosophy in 2015.

Roland Garrett received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He published essays in a variety of professional journals, including Social Theory and Practice, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Philosophy Today, the Southern Journal of Philosophy, the Journal of General Education, Business and Society, Metaphilosophy, and Philosophy and Literature. He served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montclair State University from 1981 to 1987 and retired as Professor of Philosophy in 2015.