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  • Kevin S. Decker
    Kevin S. Decker
    Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229C
    Phone: 509.359.6018
    Fax: 509.359.6206

    Kevin S. Decker

    Professor of Philosophy

    EWU Faculty Organization President, 2015-16

    Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism, Romantic Thought

    Areas of Competence: Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences.

    Managing Editor, William James Studies

    Co-writer and co-producer, Men in Charge radio program, KPBX Spokane public radio                    

    Recent Publications

    • (forthcoming, 2016) The Philosophy of Breaking Bad (Palgrave MacMillan), co-editor with Robert Arp
    • (forthcoming, 2016 ) The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
    • (forthcoming, 2016) "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Secularism, Religion and Star Trek" in The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Decker & Eberl.
    • (forthcoming, 2015) The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Jason T. Eberl
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "Dark Times: The End of the Old Republic and the Beginning of Chinese Philosophy," The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), eds. Eberl & Decker.
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "Science and Nature without God," in Robert Arp, ed., Debating Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence in the 21st Century (Rodopi Philosophy and Religion Series)
    • (forthcoming, 2015) "The Vale of Top Hats: Duplicity, Duplicability, and The Prestige," in George Dunn and Jason T. Eberl, eds. The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan (Arlington)
    • (2014) "Personal Identity and Na'vi Wisdom," in Avatar and Philosophy, ed. George Dunn (Blackwell Publishers).
    • (2014) "Dewey, Aristotle, and the Spectator Theory of Knowledge," in Christopher Kirby, ed., Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey (Bloomsbury Academic)
    • (2014) "Culture, Hermeneutics and the Batman," in The Philosophy of Tim Burton, ed. Jennifer McMahon (University of Kentucky).
    • (2013), with Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, "When All Roads Lead to Rome: The Catholic Hospital Dilemma Can Impact All Hospital Care," The Open Journal of Leadership 2:4 (December 2013), 106-109
    • (2013) Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who (I.B. Tauris, London/Palgrave Macmillan), author
    • (2013) The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), co-edited with Robert Arp
    • (2013) Ender's Game and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), editor.

     

    Recent Presentations

    • "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning: Star Trek, Religion, and Secularism," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (forthcoming, April 2016)
    • "Craft as Experience: Aesthetics as if Practice Matters," 2016 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2016)
    • "Men in Dark Times: Lessons in Chinese Philosophy from Star Wars," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (April 2015)
    • "The Practical Turn in Pragmatism: Intellectualism, Pluralism and Material Culture," 2014 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2014)
    • "Research is a Dish Best Served Cold: Fanning the Flames of Undergraduate Research Using Pop Culture," Faculty Administrator Network session at the 2013 National Council of Undergraduate Research meeting, LaCrosse Wisconsin (April 2013)
    • "In London Street: The Dewey-Trotsky Encounter in Politics and Praxis," 2013 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Conference (March 2013).
    • "What Does Naturalism Mean by Practical?" Inland Northwest Pragmatist Network, Gonzaga University (January 2013).
    • "The Permanent Trotskyist Deposit in John Dewey's Thought," Dewey in Mexico International Conference, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, (January 2012).

     

     

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