College of Liberal Arts
Philosophy Department Faculty
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Buck began teaching at Mount St. Mary's in 2001. His research and teaching interests lie primary in political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of law, and contemporary Jewish philosophy (focusing on the work of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik). He has presented and published essays on the idea of public reason and the role of religious argument in public debate, equality and deliberate democracy, democratic legitimacy, just responses to terrorism, and religious liberty in Catholic social thought. He regularly teaches courses in the Veritas curriculum, and frequently offers electives in political philosophy and philosophy of law.
Dr. Anadale joined the department in 2009, from a background in seminary teaching. He designs and teaches some philosophy courses for pre-theology seminarians at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, as well as teaching in the undergraduate philosophy core. His areas of interest include modern philosophy, faith and reason, and epistemology. His current research interests include contemporary debates about faith and reason, the role of philosophy in seminary formation, and nineteenth century Catholic liberalism. Dr. Anadale is also director of the master of arts in philosophical studies program.
Professor of Theology and Philosophy
Dr. Collinge primarily teaches theology courses, although in the past he has taught a broad range of philosophy courses. Two courses that he teaches regularly that are cross-listed with philosophy are St. Augustine and mysticism east and west. He is currently finishing a third edition of his Historical Dictionary of Catholicism. His research interests are the thought of St. Augustine; Dorothy Day and the Catholic worker movement; the theology of John S. Dunne; and Catholic social thought. Dr. Collinge is also the chair of the Adams County Heritage Festival, an annual multicultural festival of the arts.
Professor of Philosophy
Trudy Conway began teaching at Mount Saint Mary's in 1979. Prior to that she taught at Shiraz University in Iran. She works in the area of contemporary philosophy and has published a book and articles on the works of Wittgenstein and Gadamer. She has published on the topic of intercultural understanding and dialogue and the hermeneutical issues and virtues associated with them. She has also written on, and is actively involved in the issue of the death penalty. She regularly teaches courses in the Veritas curriculum and a non-west course focusing on intercultural dialogue. She has offered a wide range of electives on topics in contemporary philosophy, specific moral virtues, and perspectives on the death penalty.
Dr. Hersey's areas of interest include ancient philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and contemporary hermeneutics. His research focuses on ancient philosophy and the phenomenological tradition, especially as developed by Martin Heidegger. He is currently editing a book on Heidegger and Plato on Truth. Other research includes consideration of the themes of being, understanding, and freedom, as well as interdisciplinary topics engaging the relation between philosophy and literature. Dr. Hersey enjoys writing, traveling, lifting weights, running, and regularly plays sports, especially hockey. He is currently co-organizer of an adult hockey league in Frederick.
Jessy Jordan earned his doctoral degree in philosophy from Baylor University in 2008, completing a dissertation entitled Iris Murdoch's Genealogy of the Modern Self: Retrieving Consciousness Beyond the Linguistic Turn. His areas of specialization are Iris Murdoch, ethics, and philosophical argument in the form of historical narrative. He was drawn to the Mount because of its community of learners and its commitment to its distinctive Catholic liberal arts Veritas program. A great deal of his teaching time is thus happily spent teaching courses in the Veritas curriculum such as the Catholic liberal arts symposium, classical philosophy, and life of virtue; however, he has also taught electives such as philosophy and literature, and contemporary Catholic philosophy. His scholarly work is currently focused on the historicity of human understanding and its implications on moral realism.
Dr. Miller earned his doctoral degree in 2000 from Boston College, where he completed a dissertation In Defense of the Reconciliation of Divine Will and Human Freedom According to St. Thomas Aquinas. His research continues to focus upon questions that investigate the nature of God, metaphysics, and human nature. In addition to his published articles he edited Doing More with Life, a collection of essays from the perspective of various disciplines about the meaning of vocation. Dr. Miller very much enjoys teaching the department's courses in the Veritas curriculum, as well as various electives, including Medieval philosophy, metaphysics, and Islamic philosophy, a now-west course in the curriculum. Dr. Miller currently holds the Monsignor Robert R. Kline Chair of Philosophy. He joined the department in 2002.
Dr. Naberhaus's areas of interest are phenomenology, 19th and 20th c. German philosophy, modern philosophy, and contemporary philosophy. His research focuses on the phenomenological tradition, especially in its classical form as developed by Edmund Husserl. More broadly, he is interested in the tradition of transcendental philosophy as an alternative to empiricism, pragmatism, and other philosophical approaches that see the methods of inquiry in the natural sciences as models for philosophical truth-seeking. This interest leads to a particular focus on questions of philosophical method, and on what is distinctive about the philosophical mode of inquiry. Currently, Dr. Naberhaus is working on a translation of Husserl's First Philosophy, which deals with just these questions in a sustained way.
Dr. Rosato joins the Mount faculty this fall, 2013, and will be teaching courses in the Veritas program. She has prior experience teaching both discussion-based great books seminars and larger lecture-based courses, and loves introducing students to great texts and important questions from the history of philosophy. Dr. Rosato completed her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Notre Dame, where she wrote on the phenomenological ethics of Emmanuel Lévinas and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her scholarly interests include 20th century continental philosophy and ethics. She is currently writing on the ethical thought of French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch.
Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland received his undergraduate degree in physics from the United States Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford. He has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford; a M.Div. and M.A. from Mount St. Mary's Seminary; and his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Lateran University. He was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by His Holiness John Paul II. He serves as director of homiletics and pre-theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary and regularly teaches moral philosophy at the University. Msgr. Swetland leads the President's Council for Catholic Identity that promotes on-going discussions about implementing faith in everyday life across campus. He holds the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics. Msgr. Swetland is a well regarded commentator for EWTN's coverage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and hosts its series Catholicism on Campus.