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 Dr. Jennifer Wilson Mulnix

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Dr. Jennifer Wilson Mulnix

Associate Professor of Philosophy
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Page last updated March 2015

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Conferred July 2006.
    Dissertation: Naturalism, Rationalism, and Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction.
    Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Richard Fumerton, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy.
    University of Iowa Graduate College Seashore Dissertation Fellow.
  • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Conferred May 2004.
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science,University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.         
    Conferred May 1999, summa cum laude.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

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

Currently, I am primarily focused on the philosophy of happiness and well-being. My research interests include the normative value of happiness, whether contemplating happiness can make one happier, and the recent trend of nations promoting happiness through public policy.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

A. Books:

B. Book Chapters:

  • Mulnix, M.J., and Jennifer Wilson Mulnix (2014). “Doing Philosophy--The Sooner the Better.” In Philosophy Through Teaching, Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, Rory Kraft (eds.), Philosophy Documentation Center.

C. Articles:

  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2013). “Reliabilism and Demon World Victims.” Tópicos 44: 35-82.
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2012). “Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction.” Logos & Episteme 3(2): 261-277.
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2012). “Semantic Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Slow Switching.” Synthesis Philosophica 26(2): 375-390. 
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2012). “Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking.” Educational Philosophy and Theory 44(5): 464-479. 
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2011). “Explanatory Unification and Scientific Understanding.” Acta Philosophica 20(2): 175-194. 
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson, and M.J. Mulnix (2010). “Using a Writing Portfolio to Teach Critical Thinking Skills.” Teaching Philosophy 33(1): 27-54.
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2008). “Reliabilism, Intuition, and Mathematical Knowledge.” Filozofia 62(8): 715-723.
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson (2008). “Patient Autonomy and the Freedom to Act against One’s Self-Interest.” Clinical Laboratory Science 21(2): 114-115.

UNPUBLISHED WORK

A. Articles Submitted for Publication

  • Mulnix, M.J., and Jennifer Wilson Mulnix. “Justice and National Well-Being.”

B. Articles in Progress

  • Mulnix, M.J., and Jennifer Wilson Mulnix. “Why Happiness Must Be Normative.”

SELECTED TALKS AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

“Justice and National Well-Being”

  • Wheaton College, Norton, MA; November 5, 2014. Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Invited Talk.
  • The Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA; October 18, 2014. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Refereed Conference.
  • International Well-Being and Public Policy Conference; Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; June 11, 2014. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Refereed Conference.

“Building Philosophical Skills”

  • Twentieth International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy, American Association of Philosophy Teachers; The College of St. Benedict’s and St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, August 2, 2014. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Refereed Conference.

“Teaching Courses on the Happy Life, the Good Life, and the Moral Life”

  • Nineteenth International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy, American Association of Philosophy Teachers; St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX; July 27, 2012. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Refereed Conference.

“Teaching Philosophy Through Lived Experience”

  • Nineteenth International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy, American Association of Philosophy Teachers; St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX; July 26, 2012. Refereed Conference.

“Who’s the Happy Person?”

  • Wheaton College, Norton, MA; March 21, 2012. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Invited Talk.

“Does Teaching the Philosophy of Happiness Make One’s Students Happier?”

  • American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, AAPT session on “Teaching the Philosophy of Happiness,” San Diego, April 23, 2011. Co-presented with Dr. Christina Hendricks. Refereed Conference.

 “What is Happiness, and Can Thinking About It Make One Happier?” 

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers 18th Biennial International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, August 1, 2010. Refereed Conference.
  • MidSouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis, March 6, 2010. Refereed Conference.
  • Northern New England Philosophy Association Conference at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, October 17, 2009. Refereed Conference.
  • Salem State College Graduate Research Symposium, Panel Presentation, May 2, 2009.

“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, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, July 30, 2010. Refereed Conference.

Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking.”

  • Northern New England Philosophy Association Conference at Colby College, Waterville, ME, October 25, 2008. Refereed Conference.

“Measuring Critical Evaluation Skills through the Use of Writing Portfolio Projects”

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers 17th Biennial International Workshop Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, August 8, 2008. Co-presented with Dr. M.J. Mulnix. Refereed Conference.

“Rethinking the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction”

  • Canadian Society for Epistemology, International Symposium on A Priori Knowledge, Sherbrooke University, October 1-2, 2004. Refereed Conference.

“A Reliabilist Account of A Priori Knowledge”

  • Illinois Philosophical Association meeting, November 2003. Refereed Conference.
  • Iowa Philosophical Society meeting, November 2003. Refereed Conference.

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Elected Member of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, 3-year term: 2012-2015.
  • Elected Board Member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Executive Board, two 2-year terms: 2014-2016, 2012-2014.

UMD PHILOSOPHY COURSES

Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 101), Introduction to Ethics (PHL 215), History of Western Philosophy: Modern (PHL 222), Asian Philosophy (PHL 243), Theories of Knowledge (PHL 301), Philosophy of Mind (PHL 304), Philosophy of Happiness (PHL 340), Philosophy of the Good Life (PHL 341), Buddhism (PHL 365), Seminar: Advanced Topics in Epistemology and Metaphysics (PHL 409)

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