Maureen Eckert


Maureen Eckert, PhD

Professor / Chairperson





Liberal Arts 382


CUNY Graduate CenterPhD





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.

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.

A study of philosophy from its origin with the pre-Socratics to the middle ages. The major portion of the course will be devoted to the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.

Community service, Internship, work experience (a) connected to a philosophy course taken for credit that (b) has a reflective project, major assessment and/or set of assessments demonstrating a student's engagement with philosophical ideas in community contexts and (c) is supervised by a faculty member.

Analytical and constructive study of central concepts and essential manifestations of religion. Both historical and contemporary readings are required.

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.


Research interests

  • Ancient Philosophy, Philosophical Logic
  • Plato
  • Fatalism
  • Metaphysics
  • David Foster Wallace Studies

Select publications

Prof. Eckert is faculty advisor in the STAR Center and the Philosophy Association the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society in Philosophy.  She is also a member of the Deviant Logic Posse (Non-Classical Logic work-group).

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