Matthew Waldschlagel, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

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.

“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.

A paper examining the Historiography of Science and the Philosophy of History (in process)

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