K.A. Wallace, Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University
Primary Philosophical Research Interests
I work primarily on metaphysics and ethics at the intersection of contemporary analytic philosophy and feminism. My current work is on the metaphysics of persons (see Relational Persons), autonomy and responsibility.
I earned the Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook with a dissertation on the ontology of George Santayana. I have also written on ordinal metaphysics, Hume, feminism, and ethics (see Publications).
In the area of applied ethics, I am interested in bioethics, environmental ethics and sustainability, and in the ethical implications of technological developments. I have written on the implications of digital and information technology with regard to conceptual issues like anonymity (see Publications) and practical issues like digital publishing and the long tail (see Digital Publishing).
Institutional Research Interests
In addition to my philosophical publications, I am interested in organizational and policy issues of academic institutions. For example, I have conducted research on and written about faculty joint appointments and 3-credit course vs. 4-credit course curricula. The former type of curriculum is sometimes referred to as 3x5, for five 3-credit courses per term, and the latter as 4x4, for four 4-credit courses per term (see Institutional Research).
Current Professional Activity
Book Review Editor, Metaphilosophy
Chairperson, Task Force on 4-credit Course Curriculum Study, Hofstra University, 2007- 2008 --18 month study of 3-credit based versus 4-credit based curricula (see Institutional Research)
Fellow of the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Hofstra University
Co-Chair and Associate Member, Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society, Columbia University
Peer Review for journals: Metaphilosophy, Transactions Charles S. Peirce Society, Hume Studies, Journal of Speculative Philosophy
I am featured teaching in the promotional video for the Hofstra University Honors College.
I like opera, New England, traveling, bicycling, hiking, swimming and am an inveterate reader.