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  • Dr. James BednarJames Bednar, Associate Professor
    B.A., Hanover College
    M.A., Kent State University
    Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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    Prof. Bednar specializes in epistemology and has abiding interests in American pragmatism, Modern philosophy, and decision theory. He teaches courses in these areas as well as in the history of analytic philosophy, symbolic logic, and critical thinking. His current research examines the role of emotions (e.g. fear and hope) and pragmatic factors (e.g. the cost of information) in the conduct of inquiry. Prof. Bednar enjoys building boats and is an avid kayaker.
    Dr. Christine DinkinsChristine S. Dinkins, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
    B.A., Wake Forest University
    M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
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    Prof. Dinkins specializes in ancient Greek philosophy and 20th-century German philosophy. Her particular focus is on applying the methods of Socrates, Heidegger, and Gadamer to qualitative research, for instance in the 2006 book she co-edited, Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare, and the upcoming book she co-authored, Our Dissertations, Ourselves: Shared Stories of Women’s Dissertation Journeys. Her classes include Ancient Western Philosophy, Philosophy through Literature, and Phenomenology. Prof. Dinkins’ January classes have included Canine Conundrum, Mancala to Mahjong and Beyond: The Evolution of the Game, and The Power of Stories. Prof. Dinkins is the winner of Wofford’s 2010 Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Dr. Jeremy HenkelJeremy Henkel, Assistant Professor
    B.A., Whitman College
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
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    Prof. Henkel specializes in non-western philosophy, with a particular focus on the philosophies of India. He teaches seminars in various Asian traditions (Buddhist philosophy, Chinese philosophy) as well as on the philosophy of language and ethics. His current research focuses on the epistemology of testimony and the philosophy of lying and deception (the latter is the subject of his current book project). Prof. Henkel is active in the South Carolina Society for Philosophy, where he served as president from 2016 to 2017, and in the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. He is a 6th-Degree Black Belt and the advisor for the Wofford Tae Kwon-Do Club.
    Dr. Charlie KayCharles D. Kay, Professor
    A.B., Princeton University
    M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
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    Prof. Kay is former chair of the Philosophy Department and currently coordinator of Wofford’s Medical Humanities Program. His courses include BioMedical Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Science & Religion, Early Modern European Philosophy, and the History of Medicine. A past president of the South Carolina Society of Philosophy, Prof. Kay is also a member of the Ethics Committee of Spartanburg Regional Medical Centers, the Bioethics Committee of the South Carolina Medical Association, and the board of the SC Healthcare Ethics Network.
    Dr. Stephen MichelmanStephen A. Michelman, Professor
    A.B., Vassar College
    M.A., Ph.D. Stony Brook University
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    Prof. Michelman is chair of the Philosophy Department and specializes in 19th - and 20th-century French and German philosophy and the philosophy of art. He is the Regional Organizer of the South Carolina High School Ethics Bowl held annually at Wofford. His classes include Introduction to Ethics, Existentialism, Philosophy of Art, and 19th-Century European Philosophy. His research interests include the relationship between the arts and aesthetic perception, and the philosophy of mood and emotion. Prof. Michelman enjoys playing jazz guitar and teaches a January class on guitar performance.

    Dr. Nancy WilliamsNancy M. Williams, Associate Professor
    B.S., Winthrop University 
    B.A., UNC Charlotte
    M.A., University of South Florida
    Ph.D., University of Georgia
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    Prof. Williams specializes in feminist philosophy and ethical theory, with particular focus on feminist approaches to animal protectionism and food ethics. Her courses include Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Love and Sex, and various applied ethics courses, including Environmental Ethics and Food Ethics. Currently her research addresses issues in feminist animal care theory. Reflecting these interests, her January terms have included courses such as The Vegan Yogi and Feminism and Animals. Prof. Williams enjoys a range of outdoor activities including road/mountain biking, hiking, and summer cross-country travel in a recreational vehicle with her many dogs.