Faculty Research

Andrew Cling

ANDREW CLING, Professor and Associate Dean. VITA Dr. Andrew D. Cling's research in philosophy is currently focused on questions in the theory of knowledge. In particular, he is interested in a family of ancient skeptical paradoxes that seem to show that some of our core assumptions about having reasons for belief and good standards for intellectual judgment are inconsistent. He is currently at work on a manuscript on the problem of the criterion and the epistemic regress problem, two of these ancient paradoxes. Dr. Cling is also engaged in interdisciplinary work on memory and eyewitness identification with Dr. Jeffrey Neuschatz of the UAH Department of Psychology. Dr. Cling's papers have appeared in such journals as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Synthese, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophical Psychology.

Deborah Heikes

DEBORAH HEIKES, Professor. VITA Dr. Heikes is an expert on Immanuel Kant, though her current research is focused on contemporary debates surrounding issues addressed in Kantian philosophy. In particular, she is interested in developing an account of rationality that more completely accounts for the subjective and social elements of rationality while nonetheless maintaining an objective ground for reason. Since, feminists have been some of the biggest critics or the philosophical concept of rationality, Dr. Heikes frames her discussion within feminist debates concerning rationality. She argues that, while many of these criticism have merit, to reject rationality is self-defeating for feminists who wish to argue both the reality and immorality of oppression. She currently has a book in press that develops a virtue conception of rationality as a ground for resolving issues within feminism. She has published articles in such journals as Synthese, The Journal of Mind and Behavior, and Southwest Philosophy Review. Her first book, entitled Rationality and Feminist Philosophy, was published by Continuum in 2010.

Nicholaos Jones

NICHOLAOS JONES, Assistant Professor. VITA Dr. Jones's research addresses the role of idealizations in the sciences, and in particular the content, explanatory power, and confirmation status of idealized scientific hypotheses.  He is currently trying to understand the tacit principles that determine what idealized hypotheses say about the world, and spends his time puzzling over why scientists often do not take hypotheses to be disconfirmed by phenomena that seem to contravene them.  Dr. Jones also pursues research in Asian philosophy, where his goal is to show that Asian philosophies are neither irrational nor intentionally contradictory, and to do so in a way that removes some of the mystery that makes those philosophies appear incomprehensible or outrageous to nonexperts.  He focuses mainly on the Huayan school of Chinese Buddhism. His most recent essay, published in a special issue of Journal of Chinese Philosophy, situates the Huayan theory of part-whole relations as a response to Indian Buddhist metaphysics.

Brian Martine

BRIAN MARTINE, Professor and Director of the UAH Humanities Center. VITA Brian Martine works primarily in the field of systematic metaphysics, focusing on problems concerning individuality, indeterminacy, and immediacy. He is the author of two books, Individuals and Individuality (S.U.N.Y. Press 1984), and Indeterminacy and Intelligibility (S.U.N.Y. Press 1992). His third book, Where are the Philosophers Now?, an essay that draws the theoretical concerns of his first two books into relation with ordinary experience, is nearing completion. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad on questions in systematic philosophy and has published various shorter essays in journals and collections. His most recent essay, "Why Ask Why? Pragmatic Reflections on Final Causality," will appear in a volume entitled The Ultimate Why Question, forthcoming from the Catholic University of America Press. He serves 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.

William Wilkerson

WILLIAM WILKERSON, Professor and Chair. VITA Dr. Wilkerson's research interests are currently split between two projects. First, he works on gay/lesbian philosophy. He explained how gay and lesbian identity can be both vivid and real while also remaining rooted in historical and social circumstances in his book, Ambiguity and Sexuality: A Theory of Sexual Identity. Since the publication of that book, he has been reading too much Foucault for his own good and working on the origins and genealogy of homophobia. This investigation seeks to place homophobia within broader cultural and political trends of the twentieth century. As for his second interest, he works to understand the relationship between subjectivity, freedom and the consciousness of time. This work takes off from his long interest in the existentialist tradition, and he is in the process of publishing essays on the Kantian roots of the Sartre/Merleau-Ponty debate over freedom. He is also trying to develop his own account of subjectivity and time that satisfies our basic intuitions about freedom.