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Jennifer Mulnix, PhD

Professor / Chairperson


Curriculum Vitae




Liberal Arts 355


2006University of IowaPhD
2004University of IowaMA
1999University of Nebraska-Omaha,BA




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Exploration of the nature of the good life. This course surveys historical and contemporary concepts of well-being as well as how these concepts relate to theories of happiness and theories of morality. The relationship between well-being and political and economic policy will also be examined from both a philosophical and scientific perspective.

An introduction to philosophy as the persistent and methodical attempt to think clearly about universal problems of human life, such as ways of knowing and studies in value.
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An examination of the ethical aspects of the health care professions and the impact of ethical issues on the professional's life. Topics include: responsibility, conscience, professional codes of ethics, privacy, informed consent, access to health care, loss and death.
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A critical examination of normative theories of obligation and value. It includes philosophical examination of some moral problems including but not limited to: abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, gender and sexual orientation equality, pornography and censorship, violence, and economic injustice. Numerous ethical theories will be discussed, including but not limited to: Cultural Relativism, Ethical Subjectivism, Ethical Egoism, Divine Command Theory, Utilitarianism, Rights Theories, Kantianism, Social Contract Theory, and Feminist Ethics.


Research interests

  • Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Happiness, Critical Thinking, and Philosophical Pedagogy
  • Ethics, Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Asian Philosophy

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson, and M.J. Mulnix (2015).
    Happy Lives, Good Lives: A Philosophical Examination
  • Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson, and M.J. Mulnix, eds. (2015).
    Theories of Happiness: An Anthology
  • 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.

Dr. Mulnix is a Professor of Philosophy, the Chair of the UMassD Philosophy Department, and President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. Most of her current research focuses on happiness and well-being. She is also interested in Buddhism as well as theories of knowledge and the mind. Dr. Mulnix has two published books (co-authored with M.J. Mulnix of Salem State University): Happy Lives, Good Lives: A Philosophical Examination and Theories of Happiness: An Anthology from Broadview Press. She loves philosophy, comedy, watching movies and sports, playing tennis, watercolor painting, and traveling around the world.

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