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Department of Philosophy
Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College
101 No. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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Department Faculty

Robert Dostal

Robert Dostal

Rufus Jones Professor of Philosophy and Religion; Department Chair
Kant and contemporary European philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics

Michael Krausz

Michael Krausz (on leave Fall 2015)

Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy
Theory of knowledge, theory of interpretation, philosophy of science, philosophy of  history, aesthetics, and philosophy of music

A. Prettyman

Adrienne Prettyman

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Metaphysics

Majors/Minors advisor

Office Hours:  and by appointment

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Macalester Bell

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Macalester Bell works in ethics and moral psychology.  She also teaches and does some research in aesthetics and feminist philosophy.  Within ethics and moral psychology, she is especially interested in articulating an account of the appropriate attitudinal responses to serious immorality and injustice.  As part of this project, she has published papers on blame, forgiveness, inspiration, and the virtues and vices of anger. 

Her book, Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt (OUP, 2013), explores the dangers and moral importance of contempt for persons.

For more information on her papers, talks, and courses, please visit her personal website:

Visiting Professor

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Saul Rosenthal, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D, Cornell University; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Wesleyan University
Specializations: Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant), Metaphysics, and
Epistemology. Saul Rosenthal joined Bryn Mawr in 2015.  His current research focuses on Plato's metaphysics and the topic of self-predication.  Scholars have often critized Plato for holding the view that all forms "self-predicate".  For instance, they see Plato as holding that the form of tallness is itself a tall thing, which appears to conflict with Plato's other views about forms.  Rosenthal defends Plato against such a critricism, arguing that he is not committed to any self-predication assumption.  Rosenthal, relying on  contemporary work in tinguistics and evidence fron ancient texts, develops a new interpretation of Plato's use of predication that avoids the difficulties associated with self-predication.


Affiliated Faculty

Jeremy Elkins

Jeremy Elkins

Associate Professor of Political Science
The intersection of political and legal theory, the study of institutions

Deepak Kumar

Deepak Kumar

Professor and Coordinator of Computer Science
Artificial intelligence, cognitive science

Stephen Salkever

Stephen Salkever

Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Aristotle, political philosophy


Azade Seyhan

Fairbank Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German and Comparative Literature
German Classicism and Romanticism, philosophical approaches to criticism

Joel Schlosser

Joel Schlosser

BA at Carleton College and his MA and PhD at Duke University while also pursuing advanced language instruction at the University of California, Berkeley and Aix-en-Provence, France.


Emeritus Faculty

George Kline in 1974

George Kline

Milton C. Nahm Professor Emeritus in Philosophy
George Kline, 1974

Credit: Bryn Mawr College Library

Christine Koggel

Christine Koggel

Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Moral theory, practical ethics, social and political theory, and feminism


George Weaver

Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Model theory, abstract logic, logic, set theory, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of mathematics.