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Dr. Jennifer Wilson Mulnix

jennifer mulnix

Dr. Jennifer Wilson Mulnix

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Associate Director of the University Honors Program

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Page last updated 10/10/11

Higher Education

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Iowa, conferred July 2006.
Dissertation Title: Naturalism, Rationalism, and Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction.
Dissertation Supervisor: Richard A. Fumerton, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy.

University of Iowa Graduate College Seashore Dissertation Fellow.

 M.A. in Philosophy, University of Iowa, conferred May 2004.

 B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, summa cum laude, University of Nebraska-Omaha, conferred May 1999.

Research Interests

Areas of Specialization: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Happiness, and Critical Thinking

Areas of Competence: Ethics, Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Asian Philosophy

Among my four main areas of specialization, I am currently focused on two principal research tracks within epistemology and philosophy of happiness. With regard to epistemology, I primarily focus on a priori knowledge, rationalism vs. naturalism, reliabilism, and mathematical knowledge. In philosophy of happiness, I am interested in the concept of happiness as both a psychological kind and as a form of well-being connected with value theory. Moreover, I am interested in the possible interplay between philosophy and empirical psychology, and I am currently conducting empirical research on the question of whether contemplating happiness can actually make one happier. 

Publications (in alphabetical order)

  • “Explanatory Unification and Scientific Understanding.”  Acta Philosophica, Volume 20, Number 2, December 2011, 175-194. Peer-Reviewed.
  • “Patient Autonomy and the Freedom to Act against One’s Self-Interest,” Clinical Laboratory Science, Volume 21, Number 2, Spring 2008, 114-115. Peer-Reviewed.
  • “Reliabilism, Intuition, and Mathematical Knowledge,” Filozofia, Volume 62, Number 8, October 2008, 715-723. Peer-Reviewed.
  • “Semantic Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Slow Switching.” Forthcoming in Synthesis Philosophica. Peer-Reviewed.
  • “Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking.” Forthcoming in Educational Philosophy and Theory. Peer-Reviewed.
  • “Using a Writing Portfolio to Teach Critical Thinking Skills,” co-authored with Dr. M.J. Mulnix of Salem State University. Teaching Philosophy, Volume 33, Number 1, March 2010, 27-54. Peer-Reviewed.

Books Under Contract

  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson, and M.J. Mulnix. Theories of Happiness: An Anthology.  Under contract with Broadview Press.
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson, and M.J. Mulnix. Happiness: Its Nature and Causes (an authored text).  Under contract with Broadview Press.

Articles Under Review

  • “Reliabilism and Demon World Victims”
  • “Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction”

Research Study in Progress

  • “Does the Contemplation of Happiness Make One Happier?”

Articles in Progress

  • “Can the Empirical Psychologist Teach the Philosopher Anything about Happiness?”
  • “Clairvoyance, Normativity, and Reliabilism”
  • “Competing Conceptions of Happiness”
  • “Does the Contemplation of Happiness Make One Happier?”
  • “Reliabilism, Demon Worlds, and Two Senses of Epistemic Evaluation”

Selected Conference Presentations
(separated by scope, and then in chronological order, beginning with most recent)

International Conference Presentations

  • “What is Happiness, and Can the Mere Contemplation of It Make One Happier?” American Association of Philosophy Teachers 18th Biennial International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, August 2010. Refereed conference.
  • “Using a Service-Learning Project as a Real Life Application of Course Content.” American Association of Philosophy Teachers 18th Biennial International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, August 2010. Refereed conference.
  • “Measuring Critical Evaluation Skills through the Use of Writing Portfolio Projects” (co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix of Salem State University). American Association of Philosophy Teachers 17th Biennial International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, August 2008. Refereed Conference.
  • “Reliabilism, Intuition, and Mathematical Knowledge.” Fifth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2007. Refereed conference.
  • “Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction.” Canadian Society for Epistemology, International Symposium on A Priori Knowledge, Sherbrooke University, October 2004. Refereed conference.

National Conference Presentations

  • “Does Teaching the Philosophy of Happiness Make One’s Students Happier?”(co-presented with Dr. Christina Hendricks, University of British Columbia).  AAPT session on Teaching the Philosophy of Happiness” at the APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2011. Refereed conference.
  • “What is Happiness, and Can the Mere Contemplation of It Make one Happier?” MidSouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis, March 2010. Refereed Conference.
  • Invited Commentator for “Fear of Death Revisited: Epicurus on the Relative Value of Lives” by Benjamin Rider. MidSouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis, March 2010.
  • Invited Commentator for “Empirical Equivalence in the Quine-Carnap Debate” by Eric Loomis. Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 2005.

Regional Conference Presentations

  • “What is Happiness, and Can the Mere Contemplation of It Make one Happier?” Northern New England Philosophy Association Conference at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, October 2009. Refereed Conference.
  • “Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking.” Northern New England Philosophy Association Conference at Colby College, Waterville, ME, October 2008. Refereed Conference.
  • “A Reliabilist Account of A Priori Knowledge.” Illinois Philosophical Association meeting, November 2003. Refereed conference.
  • “A Reliabilist Account of A Priori Knowledge.” Iowa Philosophical Society meeting, November 2003. Refereed conference.

Invited Talks

  • “Patient Autonomy and the Freedom to Act against One’s Self-Interest.” Salem State University Philosophy Department, March 2010.
  • “What is Happiness, and Can the Mere Contemplation of It Make one Happier?” Salem State University Graduate Research Day, May 2009.

UMass Dartmouth Presentations

  • “Buddhist Views of Environmental Sustainability.” UMD Panel on “Cross-Cultural Representations of Sustainability,” February 2009.
  • “Teaching Critical Thinking through the Use of Writing Portfolios.” UMD Center for Teaching Excellence, “Talking About Teaching Conference,” January 2009.

Professional Memberships (in alphabetical order)

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)
  • American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)
  • Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) - Council Board Member
  • National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)
  • Northern New England Philosophy Association (NNEPA)

Prof Mulnix on Academia.edu


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