UAH Philosophy Faculty

Andrew Cling

ANDREW CLING, Professor and Associate Dean. Dr. Cling received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and his B.A. from the University of Missouri. Prior to his appointment at UAH in 1988, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The College of William and Mary, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Cling's research is focused on questions about the nature and extent of knowledge. His work has been published in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology, and Philosophical Studies. He is currently completing a book on the problem of the criterion. Dr. Cling received the UAH Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993. Office: Morton Hall 325 Phone: 824-2334

Deborah Heikes

DEBORAH HEIKES, Professor. Deborah Heikes earned her B.A. at the University of Kansas, M.A. at Baylor University, and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While these degrees are in philosophy, she began life as a photography and printmaking major at the University of Houston. Dr. Heikes' primary philosophical interests lie in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Other interests include the works of Kant and Wittgenstein, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, and ethics. The central issue in all of Dr. Heikes' work is the problem of objectivity-what is it and can we obtain it? Her work has been published in Synthese, Journal of Mind and Behavior, Metaphysica, Contemporary Philosophy, and Southwest Philosophy Review. Visit Dr. Heikes class site. Office: Morton Hall 334 Phone: 824-2335

Nicholaos Jones

NICHOLAOS JONES, Associate Professor. Dr. Jones earned his B.A. at Saint Francis College (PA) in 2000, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2006. His primary philosophical interests concern issues about idealization, explanation, and confirmation in the sciences (especially in statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics). He also has interests in Asian philosophies (especially Chinese Buddhism) and epistemology. His work has been published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Office: Morton Hall 332B Phone: 824-2338

William Wilkerson

WILLIAM WILKERSON, Professor and Chair. Dr. Wilkerson received his B.A. in Humanities from Willamette University in Oregon in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University in 1997. He has published over a dozen articles in philosophy of mind, twentieth century European philosophy, and gay and lesbian philosophy in the such journals as Philosophical Psychology, Continental Philosophy Review, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy and Epoché. He was co-editor, with Jeffrey Paris, of New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation, a collection of essays on Critical Social Theory and is the author of a book on sexual identity called Ambiguity and Sexuality, published with Palgrave Macmillan press. He works primarily in the European philosophical tradition, studying how we find meaning both in the world and in our own lives. He also has research and teaching interests in political philosophy, Marxism, feminist philosophy and gender studies. He is currently working on a book on freedom and time in the existentialist tradition and editing a collection of essays (with Shannon Mussett) on Simone de Beauvoir for SUNY Press. When he is not thinking about these things, he enjoys gardening, woodwork, cooking, and reading books that have plots. Office: Morton Hall 332A Phone: 824-2339


JOHN POTTENGER, Professor of Political Science. Dr. Pottenger received his B.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Maryland. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political theory and philosophy. He is especially interested in problems of epistemology, ethics, and theory construction of Platonic philosophy, political theology, and philosophy of science. Representative publications include: "Religion, Politics, and the Challenge of Political Hermeneutics, "American Review of Politics (1997); "The Sage and the Sophist: A Commentary on Plato's Lesser Hippias," Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy (1995); The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (1989). Office: Morton Hall 250D Phone: 824-2313

Daniel Rochowiak

DANIEL ROCHOWIAK, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science. Dr. Rochowiak received his B.S. from St. Bonaventure University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Alabama In Huntsville. Blending theory and practice his research focuses on explanation, cooperation, and communication. His research efforts have been funded by National Science Foundation, Marshall Space Flight Center, the US Army Missile Command, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in areas ranging from intelligent control of AGVs to process planning for composite materials and fish farming. His current research interests concern multi-metric critiquing, general argument patterns, and multiple knowledge representations in distributed learning. His teaching interests focus on artificial intelligence and the epistemology of science and technology. He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for UAH's high-performance computer network. Office: Technology Hall N340 Phone: 824-6234

Brian Martine

BRIAN MARTINE,Professor Emeritus. Dr. Martine was educated at Allegheny College (B.A., l972) and The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D., 1979), and taught for several years at Western Carolina University prior to his appointment at UAH, where led the formation of the Philosophy Department. His research interests focus primarily on systematic philosophy. He is the author of Individuals and Individuality (SUNY 1984), and Indeterminacy and Intelligibility (SUNY 1992), which form the first two parts of a trilogy of metaphysical works, the third part of which, Where are the Philosophers Now?, is nearing completion. He has also published various articles on topics related to the concerns of these central works. Dr. Martine was chosen as Teacher of the Year by Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honor society, in 1992, received the UAH Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994, and the UAH Foundation Award for Research in 1995. He served as Chief Administrative Officer of The Metaphysical Society of America and as a member of the Committee of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies.