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I was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, and I knew when I went to college that I needed a small school, and I needed to be someplace warm.  I chose Furman because of the strength of their music department and as Furman does its work of the liberal arts, I left with a degree in both music and philosophy.  I loved the inquiry into the mind I experienced through philosophy and decided to continue to graduate school first for a masters at the University of Louisville and then a PhD at SUNY Buffalo.  I taught at Allegheny College and Miami University before returning to Furman in 1999. 

I am married to Bill Price, who worked in the ROTC department at Furman for 13 years, and the proud mother of twin boys, William and Charles.

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Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to some of the classic problems of philosophy, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Includes epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.


Ancient Philosophy

Consideration of the beginnings of the Western philosophical tradition focusing primarily on Plato and Aristotle.



A study of the nature of art and beauty, what counts as art, contemporary debates about fiction and emotion, sentimentalism, fakes and forgeries, popular music and culture, the nature of appreciation, photography and representation.


Philosophy of Food

Examination of the philosophical aspects of food from historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives. The role of food in Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Ethics and throughout the history of philosophy. The construction of ethical systems in regard to growing food, consuming food, animal rights, and resource management. An examination of aesthetic pleasure and disgust, as well as a consideration of taste"."


Philosophy of Taste

Examination of the philosophical concept of taste. We will consider the cultivation of taste in art and food, how taste develops and changes, whether or not we can judge others' tastes, and how we might develop a standard of taste.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  •  “Fact, Fiction, and Fraud: From Frey to Wilkomirski.”  Southwest Philosophy Review.  Vol. 26, No. 1.  (2010) 27-33.  Response article: Anne-Marie Bowery.  “Comments on Sarah Worth’s ‘Fact Fiction and Fraud.”  Southwest Philosophy Review.  Vol 26. No. 2.  July, 2010.  1-4.
  • "Plato, Imitation, and Narration: a look into the narrative effects of literature," Journal of Norwegian Philosophy.  Vol. 43, No.2, (2008) 162-174.
  •     "Story-Telling and Narrative Knowing," Journal of Aesthetic Education.  Vol. 42, No 3, (2008) 42-55.
  • “The Dangers of Da Vinci, or The Power of Popular Fiction.”  Philosophy and the Contemporary World. Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2007) 134-143.
  •    Narrative Understanding and Understanding Narrative,” Contemporary Aesthetics 2 (2004).Contempaesthetics.org.
  •      “Fictional Spaces,” Philosophical Forum.  Vol. 35. No. 4, (Winter 2004) 439-455.
  •   “The Ethics of Exhibition: On the Presentation of Religious Art,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004) 277-284.
  •   “Thomas Munro vs. the All American Blue Dishwasher,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education 36 (2002): 68-85.
  •   “Aristotle, Thought and Emotion: Our Responses to Fiction,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (2000): 333-340.
  •   “Understanding Objects of Music,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education 34 (2000): 102-107.
  •   “Wittgenstein’s Musical Understanding,” British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (1997): 158-167.  Reprinted with permission in Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 13 (1997): 101-111.

Book Chapters

  •     “Narration, Representation, Memoir, Truth, and Lies: How We Diminish the Art of Narrative with Simple Truths” in How to Make Believe: The Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts. Bareis, J. Alexander / Nordrum, Lene (eds.): Berlin, New York: DeGruyter, 2014. 
  • “Nonfiction and Narration.” Fiction as an Aesthetic Concept. Praeger Publishers.  Forthcoming, 2014.
  •   “Dungeons and Dragons: What it is and Why we do it” co-authored with Carl Ehrett.  Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy.  Open Court Press, 2012. pp. 195-205.
  •   “Global Standpoint Aesthetics: Toward a Paradigm.” Co-authored with David I. Gandolfo.  The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics.   Edited by Anna Ribeiro.  Continuum Publishing: New York, p. 242-254, 2012.
  •   "Lessons Learned by a Philosopher and a Biologist in Team Teaching a First-Year Seminar on 'Disease and Culture: Why You Are a Walking Petri Dish.'"  Co- authored with Min-Ken Liao.  Team Teaching.  Ed. Kathryn M. Plank.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011. pp., 37-53.
  •   “Dexter Morgan: Morality, Principles and Context,” Co-authored with Carmela Epright.  Dexter and Philosophy.  Ed. Richard Greene.  Open Court Press, 2011. pp. 125-135.
  •   “The Paradox of Real Response to Neo-Fiction,” The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real.  Ed. William Irwin. Open Court Press, 2002.
  •  “Hannah Arendt and Plato on Thinking and its Relation to Evil,” Inherent and Instrumental Value: An Excursion of Value Theory.  Ed. John Abbarno.  International Scholars Publications, 2000.
  •    “Elaine Benes: Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys?” Seinfeld and Philosophy:  A Book about Everything and Nothing.  Ed. William Irwin.  Open Court Press, 1999.
  • “Music, Emotion and Language: Using Music to Communicate,” The Paideia Project On  -Line:  Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, 1999 <http://www.bu.edu/wcp>.
  • Section Introductions “Experience and Appreciation: How Do We Encounter Art?” and “Can We Learn From Art?” in Aesthetics: The Big Questions.  Ed. Carolyn Korsmeyer, Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 1998.  (Anthology is part of Basil Blackwell’s series, Philosophy: The Big Questions, general editor James Sterba).  Sections co-authored with Jennifer McMahon Railey.

Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997

M.A. University of Louisville, 1994

B.A. Furman University, 1992

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