Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-- Will Rogers

Kathleen Wallace

Biographical Information

Kathleen 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, autonomy and responsibility, in which my substantive views have also been influenced by the work of American philosophers, Mead, Royce and Buchler.

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 articles on ordinal metaphysics, Hume, feminism, and ethics.

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 articles on the implications of digital and information technology with regard to conceptual issues like anonymity and practical issues like digital publishing and the long tail.

Institutional Research Interests

In addition to my philosophical publications, I am interested in organizational and policy issues of academic institutions. I have conducted research on and written about faculty joint appointments, 3-credit course vs. 4-credit course curricula and the use of data in research on philosophy majors.

Professional Activity

Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, Hofstra University, 2011-current

Chair of the Chairs Caucus, Hofstra University, 2014-15

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)

Peer Review for journals: Metaphilosophy, Transactions Charles S. Peirce Society, Hume Studies, Journal of Speculative Philosophy

I am featured in instructional videos for the High School Ethics Bowl. The Long Island Regional High School Ethics Bowl is held at Hofstra University.

I like opera, New England, traveling, bicycling, hiking, swimming and am an inveterate reader.