Department of Philosophy
College of Arts & Sciences
The department actively assists graduates from the M.A. program in their search for employment or further education. Many of our graduates have elected to pursue the Ph.D. in philosophy (in boldface below). A healthy percentage of these students have been admitted with full funding to “top-50” programs or programs with specialties in particular areas. Other graduates have elected not to pursue the Ph.D. in philosophy. Such students have gone on to use their philosophical skills in a variety of academic and non-academic professions (e.g., psychology, law, medicine, social work, business, and education).
As our placement record suggests, while many of our students come to the University of Wyoming intending to pursue the Ph.D. in philosophy, many come simply because they love philosophy or desire to advance their careers. Here are some statistics on what our graduates have done since 1995 (List reflects all students who completed their MA at UW):
|Ph.D. in Philosophy
|Graduate work in another field
- Thesis Title
- Graduate School / Professional Institution (Discipline)
- A Proper Handling of a Moral Scenario: Under Aristotelean
- Temporary instructor at University of Wyoming
- Revising Revision: Multiple Entrenchment Orderings in the AGM Model of Belief Revision
- University of Wisconsin Ph.D. program
- The Limits of Models: Model Schemata In Disability Studies
- Adjunct instructor at the University of Houston-Downtown and applying to Ph.D. programs
- Bayesian Cognitive Modeling: A Failed Attempt To Refute the PotS
- Studying in New York to be a Police Officer
- Aristotelian Justice and Environmental Ethics
- Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University
- Understanding Nature: Towards a More Inclusive Approach to Aesthetic Appreciation
- Working as an itinerant philosophy instructor and applying to Ph.D. programs
- Learning as Recollection in Plato's Phaedo
- Accepted to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
- Two Standpoints and the Transcendental Distinction: An Analysis of Kant's Conception of Freedom
- Secondary English Language Arts Instructor
- Arbitrary Things
- Ph.D. candidate at University of Illinois
- "A Defense of Ontological Deflationism"
- University of Wyoming (M.A. Spanish Literature), now Ph.D student in Spanish Literature Washington University in St. Louis
- "Truth and Abstract"
- University of Wisconsin - Madison (full funding)
- "Specified Ways of Knowing How"
- University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign (full funding)
- "Faultless Disagreement and the Semantics of Personal Taste"
- Rutgers University (full funding)
T. Scott Dixon
- "Problems with Presentism"
- University of California Davis (full funding)
- "Wants and Reasons"
- Ohio State University (full funding)
- "Analysis of Nature-Human Conflicts in Light of Just War Theory"
- University of Nebraska
R. Jason Williams
- "Spinoza on the Relation between Substance and Attribute"
- Practicing Law
- "Groundwork for a Concept-based Theory of Confirmation"
- University of Nebraska (full funding)
Jennifer Lyn Cole Wright
- "The Problem(s) with Principles: Towards a skill-based account of mature moral agency"
- University of Wyoming (Ph.D, Psychology), now Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Charleston
- "Deep Ecology and Authenticity"
- Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
- "The Problem of Prior Probabilities in Bayesian Confirmation Theory"
- University of Nevada, Reno (M.Sc., Mathematics); Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Operations Research at Rutgers University and a Senior Analyst for PHH Mortgage
- "From Inner Perception to Direct Attention"
- University of Texas, Austin (Ph.D, Philosophy), now Assistant Professor of Philosophy University of Wisconsin - Madison
- "Functionalism as a Reductive Explanation"
- University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with High Honors), now Associate at Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar & Scott, L.L.P.
- "Establishing a Foundation for Environmental Rights"
- University of Wisconsin, Madison (Law), studied at University of Utah (Philosophy and Law), now at Harvard University (Anthropology Ph.D. program)
Crystal McLeod (nee Primeau)
- "Species as Individuals: A Critical Analysis"
- Appalachian State University (M.A., Clinical Psychology), now Clinical Counselor, Michigan Technological University
- "Science without the Independent World"
- Boston University (Philosophy), Associate Professor at Bridgewater State College.
- "The Epistemic Limits of a Semantic Theory of Indexicals and Demonstratives"
- Wake Forest (MBA)
- "Aristotle and Nietzsche: A Comparison of Virtue"
- University of Wyoming (Ed.D., Education), now Program Manager, CRHRE, University of Wyoming
- "Consciousness and Reducibility"
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Philosophy), now Visiting Assistant Professor University of Colorado-Denver
- Rutgers University - State University of New Jersey (ABD, Philosophy), now District Manager, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
- "Tensegrity and Biological Laws"
- University of Indiana (Philosophy)
- "The Limits of Biocentric Individualism"
- University of Wyoming (Ph.D., Education), now Academic Services Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
- "Nietzsche and the Truth in Language"
- "Investigating the Philosophical Investigations: An analysis of some basic concepts of the beginning sections"
- University of Arkansas (Ph.D., Philosophy), now United States Air Force
- "Zarathustra's Descent: Of Art and Mountains"
- UW Information Technology, Trainer/Program Manager; Director, Human Projects Initiative; Co-Coordinator, Wyoming Pathways from Prison; Advisory Board, Social Justice Research Center at UW; Adjunct Faculty (Philosophy), multiple institutions.
Elizabeth Anne Franklin
- "Nietzsche's Changing Aesthetic"
- University of Wyoming (Law)
Joseph P. Johnson
- "Berkeley's Archetypes"
- University of Wyoming (Law)
- "Wittgenstein on Certainty: Action and Justification"
- "A Pragmatic Theory for the Speaking and Listening of a Parable"
- "Toward an Alternative Interpretation of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling"
- University of Utah (Ph.D., Philosophy), now Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Westminster College (UT)
- "Assertion Hunting in Forrester's New Deontic Logic"
- Vanderbilt (Ph.D., Psychology), now Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Central Arkansas
- "Wittgenstein on Logical Necessity"
- Temple University (Ph.D, Philosophy), now Head of Marketing, BMC Switzerland
- "Leviathan, Chapter 16 and Gauthierian Authorization"
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Ph.D, Philosophy), now Lecturer, Central Washington University
- "A Little Something About Old Evidence"