Dr. Heather Keith’s passions include many genres of philosophy, especially Asian philosophy, feminism, and ethics; and she directs the college’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, as well as the Environmental Liberal Arts general education curriculum. She has traveled in Asia and Europe, and wishes she had studied more languages in college. A true “flatlander” from the great plains of Nebraska, she is especially interested in how cultural traditions in various parts of the country and world affect our views of nature and place, and in integrating those perspectives into a cohesive and rich community.
Ph.D., 1997, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
M.A., 1995, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
B. A., 1993, Philosophy, Nebraska Wesleyan University, summa cum laude
Sample Courses Taught:
Animal Ethics; Intelligence, Disability, and Ethics; Asian Philosophy; A Delicate Balance; 19th-21st Century Philosophy; Logic; Feminist Philosophy; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Philosophy; Social-Political Philosophy: Peace, War, and Justice; Ancient Philosophy; and The Art of Horsemanship.
Keith, H. & Keith, K., Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
“Natural Caring: A Pragmatist Ecofeminist Approach to Ethics in the More-Than-Human World,” in Hammington, M. & Bardwell-Jones, C., eds. Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism, Routledge, 2012
“Transforming Ren: The De of George Herbert Mead’s Social Self,” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 2009
“The Second-Coming of Kahless: Lieutenant Worf’s ‘Will to Believe,’” Star Trek and Philosophy, Open Court, 2009
“Living in ‘My Hometown’: Local Philosophies for Troubled Times” Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy, Open Court, 2008
“Habits of Happiness: Positive Psychology and the Philosophy of William James,” Streams of William James, Special Issue on Positive Psychology, Fall 2004, co-authored