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Rebecca Farinas

Philosophy Instructor



Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Editing and Publishing
  • Philosophy


My current research continues with my pragmatist approach, as I historically disclose what can be beneficial to social progress. Specifically, I am finishing a monograph, “Classical American Philosophy: Poeisis in the Public Square,” which will be published by Bloomsbury, January, 2020. In that book I investigate how experiential aesthetics affect people’s cultural and political lives, especially in regards to arts and sciences. Focusing on the impact of the personal relationships of philosophers, artists and scientists on the history of ideas, especially in respect to ethics and cultural values, I am able to find progressive ideas which are related to contemporary common problems. I plan to continue to use this abductive method, investigating women’s experiences and suggesting solutions to problems of sexism. I teach Introduction/History of Philosophy and Ethics. As well, I have taught philosophy of culture and aesthetics.

Courses Taught:

  • Phil R122: Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Phil W252: Making Moral Decisions 

Areas of Expertise

Value Theory (Ethics and Aesthetics), Philosophy of Art, Classical American Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture


  • Forthcoming: Classical American Philosophy: Poesis in the Public Square, Bloomsbury, Contract Signed, 2019
  • Editor and Chapter Contributor, Engagement: Philosophy and Dance, “A New Universality, Pragmatic Symbols of World Peace through Drawing and Dance” Bloomsbury, Summer, 2019, publication date, August 2019.
  • Co-editor, “Emancipation: Challenges at the Intersection of American and European Philosophy,” Pragmatism Today, Winter, 2016.
  • “The Icon Moves: Activism and Diversity through Pragmatic/Religious Aesthetics of the Majdan,” Pragmatism Today, Spring 2016 (peer-reviewed).
  • “The Emancipation of Revolution through Religiousness,” Emancipating Dialogues, Brill Press, 2016