Sarah Rebecca Bamford
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
BA, MA, PhD, Durham University England
Albert Schweitzer Institute 206
|PL 235||Philosophy of Science
|PL 237||Philosophy of Mind
|PL 238||Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation
|PL 333||Modern Philosophy
I joined the department in 2012 as a tenure-track assistant professor. My scholarship develops new solutions to problems in the history of ethics, contemporary bioethics, history and philosophy of mind, science, and technology, and comparative philosophy. I teach introduction to philosophy, modern and contemporary philosophy, bioethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, philosophy of science, and in spring 2014 am directing an independent study in African philosophy.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Durham University (England).
M.A. in Philosophy, Durham University (England).
B.A. in Combined Studies in Arts (German, Philosophy, Russian Studies), Durham University (England).
About Durham University
- Rebecca Bamford.2014."Getting even more specific about physicians’ obligations: justice, responsibility, and professionalism." American Journal of Bioethics 14(9), 46-47.
- Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “Mood and aphorism in Nietzsche’s campaign against morality." Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 25, 55-76.
- Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “Ethical review of health systems research: vulnerability and the need for philosophy in research ethics.” American Journal of Bioethics 14(2): 38-39.
- Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “The liberatory limits of Nietzsche’s colonial imagination in Dawn §206.” In Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll (eds.), Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter): 59-76.
- Rebecca Bamford. 2013. "Just how cognitive is emotion? The continuing importance of the philosophy of emotion in enhancement ethics." American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, January-March, 4(1), 18-19.
Honors & Awards
- 2000-01: Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursary
- 2004-06: Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Rhodes University (South Africa)
- 2006-07: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University
Philosophy and your career
Spring 2015 Course Information
- PL 235: Philosophy of Science (TTh 12.30-1.45pm) What's the difference between science and pseudoscience? How do we develop scientific knowledge? What can experiments really tell us about the world? How can we choose between competing scientific theories? Are scientific facts created or discovered? How does gender affect scientific investigation? Is the concept of 'objectivity' biased? How can 'queer critters' help us think more critically about nature? What's the relationship between philosophy and science? In PL 235: Philosophy of Science, we'll be exploring these and other philosophical questions using classic texts and real-world case studies and scientific experiments. Students gain an understanding of major issues in the philosophy of science, and will critically assess some ways in which different philosophers and scientists have responded to these questions. No textbook is required for this course; assigned materials will be provided via Blackboard.
- PL 237: Philosophy of Mind (MW 5-6.15pm) What exactly are 'mental' phenomena? How does the mind relate to the brain? Does the mind stop at the skull? Do we have free will? Is consciousness computational? Does consciousness really exist at all? Is building artificial minds possible? What are emotions? How do we explain jealousy, love, and grief? In PL 237: Philosophy of Mind, students will explore historical and contemporary attempts to respond to these problems, identify some of the values and assumptions informing previous responses, and develop their own responses to these problems using logical reasoning and evidence. Students gain an understanding of how philosophers identify, frame, and solve problems in the philosophy of mind, and how this area of philosophy works hand-in-hand with the contemporary cognitive sciences. No textbook is required for this course; assigned materials will be provided via Blackboard.
- PL 333: Modern Philosophy (TTh 3.30-4.45pm)Can we really know anything for certain? Is knowledge something we have from birth, something we acquire, or both? What things really exist, and how? Does God exist? Do miracles happen? How does the mind relate to the body? What exactly is a person? How do persons exist from one day to the next? How do we perceive the world? In PL 333: Modern Philosophy, students will consider these questions as part of exploring how and why modern philosophers began to develop a new scientific method for studying nature and human understanding. Students gain an understanding of fundamental issues in epistemology and metaphysics, and connect these issues to ongoing debate about the roles of science and religion in society. No textbook is required for this course; assigned materials will be provided via Blackboard.