Student Fellows

Melissa A. Brady is completing her senior year at Murphysboro High School. In school, she has participated in the Illinois YMCA Youth and Government state weekend, and is an officer in several clubs on campus, including the National Honor Society. After graduation, she plans on majoring in international studies with a focus in global communication and language in the modern world.





David Denneny is a philosophy student pursuing an M.A. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His B.A. in philosophy was taken at the Eastern Washington University. He studies the classical American pragmatist tradition with an emphasis on philosophy and economics. David also has a tremendous interest in the German Idealist tradition.





Matthew Z. Donnelly is a PhD Candidate in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2007), and an M.A. in philosophy from Boston College (2013). His areas of specialty include metaphysics, ontology, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of language. He is currently working on a historically-based study of linear and non-linear structures in the concept of time. Matthew’s philosophical method is aggressively pluralistic, bringing disparate philosophical traditions and perspectives into conversation.




Marc M. Anderson is a Canadian philosopher living in Montreal. His PhD in philosophy (2011) is from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. His philosophical effort, inspired by the philosophies of Royce and Whitehead, aims at developing an applied metaphysics, “Hyperthematics,” showing how value is realized and destroyed in experience, and how it can be deliberately created. Related interests include the application of the above to peace and conflict, most recently with an article entitled “Building the Great Community: Assessing Josiah Royce’s War Insurance Proposal in Light of the Collective Security Ideal of the League of Nations and the UN,” Canadian Military Journal (2016). Three articles on value in a military context are forthcoming in The Pluralist. His book Hyperthematics has recently been accepted by State University of New York Press and will appear early in 2019.


Paul Benjamin Cherlin specializes in classical American Philosophy and German Idealism. He publishes primarily in the area of early Americanist metaphysics, and is currently writing a book that explicates and expands upon the naturalistic metaphysics of John Dewey. He is a founding member and associate editor of Dewey Studies, and an editor for The Journal of School & Society. Dr. Cherlin holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, and Southern Illinois University (2017). He is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.




Odessa Katrina Colombo is a professional philosophical coach, certified well-being coach and independent scholar. She earned her B.A. in philosophy (2008) and M.A. in philosophy (2011) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research interests include classical American Philosophy (James and Santayana), history of philosophy, philosophy of faith, cross-cultural philosophy and metaphysics. Currently, her research focuses on the epistemology of faith. She holds a well-being coach certification (2014) from the Anthropedia foundation. She practices in St. Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois area.


Nicholas L. Guardiano is research specialist and visiting lecturer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He writes on the philosophy of nature, Transcendentalism, the Hudson River School, and other American philosophers and artists. He is author of the book Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting (Lexington Books, 2017).


Myron M. Jackson is the Besl Chair of Ethics, Religion, and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He specializes in process and continental philosophical traditions and philosophical anthropology. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His current research focuses on ironic relations at the heart of American exceptionalism, along with the influence of European pragmatism in the works of Peter Sloterdijk and Bruno Latour.


Eli Orner Kramer is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy of Culture Department, Institute of Philosophy, at the University of Warsaw in Poland. His Ph.D. in philosophy was completed in 2018 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work has appeared in journals such as the Philosophy of Education Yearbook, The Journal of School and Society, and as an introduction to a new anthology on Richard Rorty entitled, Rorty and Beyond (Lexington Books, forthcoming). He co-edited the volume Philosophical Proposals for the University: Toward a Philosophy of Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). His research interests include American and European Idealism, Early American Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Process Philosophy, and Metaethics.


Cheongho Lee is visiting professor at Sejong University in South Korea. His second Ph.D. in philosophy was completed in 2018 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.A., M.A. and PhD in ethics education from the Seoul National University. His quest for normativity led him into the writings of Charles S. Peirce, convinced that reading Peirce would advance his lifetime study about the source of value and the connection between theory and practice. He investigates the relationship between knowledge and the normativity in Peirce’s theory and also in American pragmatic tradition, including Josiah Royce and C.I. Lewis. He designed the AIPCT website and continues to assist with it.


Laura J. Mueller is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, history of philosophy, American Philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of culture. Her research focuses primarily on Kant’s third Critique, emphasizing the role of pre-cognitive aesthetics in ethics and epistemology. Recent projects include personalism and animals, and Kant and mental illness. She is also interested in matriarchal theory and philosophy of symbolism.




Brian J. Stanfield is an Instructor of Philosophy at John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois. His research interests include the history of American thought, especially Emerson and the Transcendentalists, and process philosophy, especially Whitehead. His MA is in American Studies from Northwest Missouri State University, with a thesis on The Folk Process, as conceived and explained by Pete Seeger and other practitioners of folk music. Brian is currently writing a dissertation on the idea of genius in the philosophy of Emerson.



Current Resident Fellows


David Beisecker is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beginning with Labor Day, he will be in residence at AIPCT intermittently during the fall of 2018 as our fall resident fellow. Dave has just finished a term as chair of Philosophy at UNLV and is taking a well-earned sabbatical. His Ph.D. came from the University of Pittsburgh (1999) where he wrote a dissertation directed by Robert Brandom and developed an unnatural attachment to the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars. He was among the group that founded the Sellars Society some years back. His long-term project on logic without appeals to truth functions and conditions is among the most provocative in philosophical logic today, employing a significant development of Peirce’s logic to loosen the borders of the region between thought, talk, and consciousness.


Claudio Paolucci is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Language at the Department of Philosphy and Communication of the University of Bologna, where he teaches Semiotics, Semiotics of audiovisual and musical languages, Philosophy of Language and Semiotics of Body and Perception. He is the scientific coordinator of the School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities founded by Umberto Eco, in both Philosophy and Semiotics. He has published three books and more than 70 papers on international journals. His main work is Strutturalismo e interpretazione (Bompiani, 2010, 510 pp.). He will be in residence during October of 2018.


Past Resident Fellows


Jennifer Marra was the 2018 resident fellow sponsored by the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity, in residence from June 1 until August 1. She is a PhD Candidate at Marquette University. Her areas of specialization include German phenomenology, carceral studies, and the philosophy of humor. Her scholarship is influenced by the work of Angela Davis, Ernst Cassirer, Richard Pryor, and Carol Burnett. Her current project focuses on Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms as a means of informing metaphysical and normative understandings of humor. She is currently serving her fourth term on the executive board of The Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society.


Thurman Todd Willison is a Ph.D. candidate at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. From August of 2016 until May of 2018 he was in residence at AIPCT and is currently writing a dissertation that examines interpretations of human dignity within personalist thought, interrogating the impact of varieties of 20th century personalism on how human dignity came to be defined in international moral discourse and providing a constructive account of how a viable personalist theory of dignity looks in light of contemporary ethical concerns.


Research Fellows

Charles Herrman is an independent scholar from Austin, Texas. He works extensively in formal ontology (especially with ideas in the vein of Peirce and Whitehead), axiology, the philosophy of history, law, and of culture, and also in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. His work at the AIPCT has concerned civilizational structures of Honor and Dignity. He provided a seminar in cultural ontology in June 2017 based on a book manuscript he is refining.



Xu Tao holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Peking University, China. He is now an associate professor of Philosophy at Central South University, China. He is a visiting scholar of the AIPCT from December 2017 to November 2018. He has published two books on Dewey research and three other books, and participated in the Chinese translation of the collected works of Dewey. His main research interests are the American pragmatism, especially Dewey’s philosophy and Classical Pragmatism. His work at the AIPCT is to carry out a wide range of philosophical studies based on pragmatism and naturalism, and write some papers in English. In the next two years he also plans to write two Chinese books: The Development of Dewey’s Philosophical Thought and Political Philosophy from the Pragmatic Perspective.

Senior Fellows

Douglas R. Anderson Doug Anderson is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas, which is home to the leading graduate program in Environmental Philosophy in the US. Previously Dr. Anderson has held professorships at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and The Pennsylvania State University (the “The” is quite important, we are informed). He is author of some good books, including Philosophy Americana (2006), and numerous articles. He is a prolific songwriter and performer of Americana music. His Ph.D. was taken at Pennsylvania State University at some point in the distant past, when he studied with Carl Hausman, Carl Vaught, and other luminaries of a by-gone and better age. He has dogs and cats, and very few people, which is how he likes it. He thinks Kris Kristofferson is probably smarter than you are, and definitely a better songwriter.


Pete (A.Y.) Gunter founded the philosophy department at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1969. With Max Oelschlaeger he transformed the department there in 1986 into the nation’s first program in environmental philosophy. His books include Bergson and the Evolution of Physics (1969), The Big Thicket: A Challenge for Conservation (1972), Bergson and Modern Thought (1986), The Big Thicket: An Ecological Reconsideration (1986), Henri Bergson: A Bibliography (1974, 1986, now updated in Presses Universitaires de France online), Texas Land Ethics (1997), and Finding the Big Thicket: A Cartographic Approach (2016). Professor Gunter was instrumental in the creation and enlargement of the Big Thicker National Preserve, the first biological preserve in the history of the National Park Service and the first use stream corridors a fundamental to a park’s structure. He writes novels and has been caught composing music.


Joseph Margolis Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. He has long been one of the leading scholars on pragmatism, and he has attained a permanent place among scholars inspired by, and contributing to, the traditions of philosophy in America. The breadth of his important work spans metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophy of art and aesthetics, the philosophy of history and culture, and language and interpretation. Radical historicism and pragmatic relativism ground his explorations of these topics. On his view, akin to artworks, persons have no static nature because they are culturally emergent entities. His recent books include Pragmatism Without Foundations: Reconciling Relativism and Realism (2nd edn 2007), The Arts and the Definition of the Human (2009), Pragmatism’s Advantage (2010), The Cultural Space of the Arts and the Infelicities of Reductionism (2010), Pragmatism Ascendent (2012), Toward a Metaphysics of Culture (2016), and Three Paradoxes of Personhood (2017).


Mark Moorman is an independent scholar. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Bucknell University in 1983. He earned an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1986, and in 1989 an M.Phil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He edited and contributed to the book Commonplace Commitments: Thinking Through the Legacy of Joseph P. Fell, (Bucknell University Press, 2016), and published an article on Lucretius entitled, “Lucretius’ Venus and Mars Reconsidered,” (Lyceum, 2009). He has always, at some cost, had a broad interest in the history of philosophy generally. His more specific interests include idealism, in particular the philosophy of Josiah Royce, phenomenology, the philosophy of science, and Hellenistic philosophy.

Robert Cummings Neville is professor of philosophy, religion, and theology at Boston  University where he is also dean emeritus of the School of Theology and of Marsh Chapel. He is currently (2017) president of the Charles S. Peirce Society and past president of the American Academy of Religion, the Metaphysical Society of America, the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. He is the author of over 300 papers and nearly 30 books, notably the Axiology of Thinking trilogy Reconstruction of Thinking  (1981), Recovery of the Measure (1989), and Normative Cultures (1995). His recent Philosophical Theology trilogy consists of Ultimates (2013), Existence (2014), and Religion (2015). His most recent books are The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays in Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders (2016) and Defining Religion: Essays in Philosophical Theology (appearing fall, 2017). An ordained United Methodist Elder, he has published four books of sermons. The best part of most of his books are the covers the art for which has been created by the artist, Beth Neville, his wife.  His website is robertcummingsneville.com.



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