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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
John Lee
 "My philosophy background really helps me in evaluating various theological perspectives here at seminary. Also, and most importantly I think, it has helped me to better understand and relate to the moral and intellectual worldviews of the people I meet and try to share my faith with. I really do believe that I'm a better person, a better Christian, and a better minister because of my studies in philosophy."

--John Lee, graduate student, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 

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