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  • Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. [University of South Florida, 2008]
    Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. [University of South Florida, 2008]
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229E
    Phone: 509.359.6503

    Dr. Kirby joined the Philosophy Program in 2008. His general research areas are in the history of philosophy and East-West comparisons. He is particularly interested in ancient thinkers who drew insights from exploring nature - such as Aristotle and the Daoist sage, Zhuangzi - as well as more recent philosophers who have combined such insights with scientific or aesthetic modes of thought, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Arne Næss... and especially John Dewey.

    Dr. Kirby is the faculty sponsor to several student clubs: The Transcendental Apathetic (EWU's Philosophy club), the EWU Environmental Club, and the Mandarin Chinese Conversation group. If you like to chat about ideas, are interested in practicing some Putonghua, or you're just someone who believes even trees need hugs, contact him about one of these organizations.

    Recent Activity:

    • [Book, In Progress] Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey
    • [Chapter, 2013] "'You're Nine Years Old, You Should Know the Difference Between Real And Imaginary:' Terrorism in Imaginationland," in The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy. Robert Arp, ed. [Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013]
    • [Article, 2012] "John Dewey and the Prospect of Going 'Beyond Aesthetics'." Aesthetic Pathways, Vol. 2 (No. 2)

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