Waldschlagel Matthew

Matthew Waldschlagel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
(508) 849-3470
Office: Trinity 114
Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy, University of Kansas
Master of Arts, Philosophy, Kent State University
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of New Hampshire

When I was an undergraduate student, I enrolled in a philosophy course on a friend’s recommendation. After the first few weeks in the course, I was hooked. I kept taking philosophy courses because they were the most interesting courses that I could find. I became fascinated with the way in which philosophical thinking examines deeply held assumptions, achieves clarity and insight, and promotes self-knowledge. As a philosophy professor, in the classroom I aim to carry on the tradition of active learning, exploration, and critical thinking from which I learned. I’m happy to share with students what first excited me about philosophy and what continues to fascinate me today. He is currently the Associate Professor of Philosophy at Anna Maria College

Courses Taught at Anna Maria:
Introduction to Philosophy
First Year Seminar, Honors: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Philosophy of Race and Racism
Philosophy through Film
Philosophy of Human Nature
Health Care Ethics
Culture of Paris [part of an 11-day study abroad program in France]
Ancient and Medieval History
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Research Interests:
Ethics, social and political philosophy, and the history of philosophy.

“Historiography of Science and the Philosophy of History: Toward a Rapprochement Between Disciplines That Never Ruptured,” Handbook of the Historiography of Science, edited by Mauro Condé and Marlon Salomon (Springer, 2023): 589 – 615.
This publication is also available online.

“The Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence as a Case Study for the Historiography of Physics,” Transversal: The International Journal for the Historiography of Science, No. 8 (2020): 59 – 71.

“How Not to Think about Forgiveness,” Social Philosophy Today, Volume 32 (2016): 137 – 151.

“Arrow’s Theorem and the Defense of Democracy,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 26, No. 2 (July, 2010): 109-118.

“The Question of the Self-Refuting Character of Protagorean Relativism in the Theaetetus,” Auslegung, Volume 28, No. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2006): 45-58.

Conference Presentations:
“Applying Arendt After the Age of Trump: Propaganda, Unreality, and Worldlessness” • North American Society for Social Philosophy panel at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division meeting, Baltimore, MD, January 2022.

“Analyzing Acknowledgement” • 2019 Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, The College of the Holy Cross, November 2019.

“Immigration, Freedom of Movement, and State Sovereignty” • 2019 Great Lakes Philosophy Conference, Siena Heights University, MI, April 2019

Study Abroad Programs at Anna Maria College:
Created, developed, advertised, implemented and directed the “Spring Break in Paris 2018” study abroad program in Paris, France, March 1 to March 11, 2018