Philosophy Faculty

Dr. Guy Axtell

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Associate Professor
CHBS 4205

Ph.D. University of Hawaii'i

Bio: Dr. Guy Axtell is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and a Faculty Fellow of the Radford University Honors Academy. He received the Outstanding Scholar Award for 2012-2013 in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

Teaching interests:
 Epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of science, “STS” or science, technology and society studies, and philosophy of religion. JanusBlog: the Virtue Theory Discussion Forum has links to many of his recent and forthcoming papers in his research areas of epistemology and analytic and comparative philosophy of religion. When not teaching or writing, “Dr. Ax” often seeks his ataraxia through biking, tennis, skiing, windsurfing, and curiously speaking about himself in the third person. Ataraxia: Ancient Greek term for psychic balance and “freedom from disquiet.”

Research interests: Sampling of recent and forthcoming research:

Papers and abstracts are available at PhilPapers ( and (

  • Objectivity. In Key Concepts in Philosophy from Polity Press (Cambridge, UK, Dec. 2015), 978-0-7456-6220-6. Wiley site:
  • “Navigating the Dialectics of Objectivity.” In The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision. James Collier (ed.) Rowman & Littlefield (2015), 97-106.
  • “Moral Learning, Imagination, and the Space of Humor.” Draft for 11th East-West Philosopher’s Conference, Honolulu, U. of Hawaii,  East-West Center, 2016.
  • “William James on Pragmatism and Religion.” In William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life: The Cries of the Wounded.  Jacob Goodson (ed.), Lexington Books (2016).
  • “The Emotions in James’ Principles of Psychology.” In William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life: The Cries of the Wounded. Jacob Goodson (ed.), Lexington Books (2016).
  • “Possibility and Permission? Intellectual Character, Inquiry, and the Ethics of Belief,” in H. Rydenfelt and S. Pihlstrom, William James on Religion. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013.
  • “Recovering Responsibility,” Logos and Episteme (2011).
  • “The Dialectics of Objectivity,” Philosophy of History (2012).
  • From Internalist Evidentialism to Virtue Responsibilism” in Evidentialism and its Discontents,Trent Dougherty (ed.) 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • “Three Independent Factors in Epistemology” (with Phillip Olson, VTU’s ASPECT Program),Contemporary Pragmatism, 2010.
  • “Character-Trait Ascription in Ethics and Epistemology,” in H. Battaly (ed.) Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic. Oxford: Wiley/Broadview Press, 2010 (reprinted from Metaphilosophy (2009).
  • “Virtue Theoretic Responses to Skepticism”, in Oxford Handbook of Epistemology, John Greco, ed., 2009.
  • “Epistemic Virtue,” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Epistemology, 2nd edition, 2009, M. Steup, ed.

Dr. Gilburt Goffstein
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy
CHBS 4136                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Ph.D. University of Missouri


Dr. Sharon Hartline

Professor of Philosophy
CHBS 4201

Ph.D. SUNY at Stony Brook

Dr. Glen Martin

Professor of Philosophy
CHBS 4211


Research interests: My research and scholarly interests (and passions) continue in the same path that was articulated in my 2005 book Millennium Dawn and developed in my 2008 book Ascent to Freedom.  These interests involve the problem of the transformation of human existence from planetary immaturity and our present suicidal behavior to planetary maturity under rational economic, political, and spiritual principles.  My new book that should be out in 2009 is entitled Planetary Democracy and Human Maturity: The Holistic Dynamic of Spirituality, Nonviolence, Democratic Economics, and Earth Federation. It focuses on the nature of authentic democracy, spirituality, nonviolence and other aspects of the human ascent to maturity, and links maturity with a global social order of peace with justice.

In memorium: Dr. Joe Jones


Ph.D. Florida State University

Bio: Dr. Joe Jones was Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Joe was an Air Force brat. His father took the family to the Philippines for two tours, 5 1/2 years, and one tour in Germany, three years, and did an unaccompanied year tour in Korea when Joe was 6. When Joe was 17, he went to college at Clemson University, majored in beer, and flunked out. In late 1968, at 19 1/2 and with a 1-A draft classification prior to the lottery, he enlisted for 4 years in the Air Force. Between 1970 and 1972, he spent twenty-one months in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. When he was discharged early, just turned 23, he had spent about ten years abroad, which has affected his view of the world. This view is not so centered on the United States as the views of some folk. Better motivated, Joe tried college again, discovered it comfortable, and became a lifelong student. After 11 years, Florida State University said there were no more degrees he could get and threw him out with a Ph.D. in ancient Greek philosophy and mathematics, the history of science, logic, ethics, and a thing called metaphysics. He is still learning and appreciates the chance to speak with students concerning philosophical issues, which he sometimes considers ongoing therapy for himself. He wishes for students to also benefit from the conversations.

Dr. Kim Kipling


Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Ph.D. Penn State