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Dept. of History, Philosophy, Religion, & Legal Studies
Dr. Scott Davison, Department Chair
Rhonda Crisp,
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354 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2655
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O'Brien, Wendell, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1992; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1985; M.T.S., Harvard University, 1982; B.A., Malone College, 1979
Research Interests:
normative ethics, the history of ethics, everyday ethics

Courses taught regularly:
PHIL 100 Beginning Philosophy
PHIL 313 American Philosophy
PHIL 320 Eastern Philosophy
PHIL 321 The Meaning of Life
PHIL 399 Special Classes
PHIL 410 Current Philosophy

"How Not to Forgive," Philosophy Now (forthcoming, 2012)
“Thoreau and the Animals,” Between the Species VI (2006)
“Theories of Well-Being,” Cogito XII (1998), 139-143
“Meaning and Mattering,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy XXXIV (1996), 339-360
“ Butler, Hobbes, and Human Nature,” Vera Lex XIV (1994), 89-92
“Judgments of Character,” The International Journal of Applied Philosophy VII (1992-93), 15-19
“Butler and the Authority of Conscience,” History of Philosophy Quarterly VIII (1991), 43-57 
Contact Info:
345 Rader Hall 
Morehead, KY40351
Phone: 606.783.2786
Mark Haynes
 "As time has gone on, I am ever more convinced that the grounding I received in philosophy has been the single most important element of my schooling. It has helped me to be a more critical examiner of all of the multi-leveled and often cynically conceived stuff that comes my way in Washington; it has helped me to maintain my moral compass; it has helped to give me a perspective and a sense of humor that might not otherwise be there."

--Mark Haynes, President, Concordia Power

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