Dr. Christine A. James
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Departmental Area: Philosophy
Research Areas: Philosophy of Science, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Environmental Ethics, and Disability Studies
Address: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; 1500 N. Patterson Street; Valdosta State University; Valdosta, GA 31698-0050
Office: Ashley Hall 110
Office Hours: M, T, W, R 3:30-4:45; and by appointment
Curriculum Vitae: http://mypages.valdosta.edu/chjames/jamescv3.pdf
B.A. (Honors) – Northwestern University (Philosophy with minor in Comparative Religion)
Graduate Certificate – University of Kentucky (Women's Studies)
Ph.D. – University of South Carolina (Philosophy)
Christine James is a specialist in Philosophy of Science, but she also routinely teaches, publishes, and presents research in Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Environmental Ethics, and Disability Studies. During Dr. James's academic career, she has published a variety of articles and book chapters in scholarly journals like the Journal for Philosophical Practice, The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Essays in Philosophy, The Southwest Philosophy Review, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Biosemiotics. She also maintains an active conference presentation schedule, and has presented her current research at conferences throughout the US, Canada, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom. She is an enthusiastic teacher of courses at both the lower and upper levels, including Fundamentals of Philosophy; Logic; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Science; Ethics and Health Care; Ethics and Public Administration; Ethics and Public Policy; Philosophy, Comedy, and Film; and the senior Capstones in Metaphilosophy and Religious Studies. She has also developed online courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Fundamentals of Philosophy, Logic, and Ethics and Health Care. She is also a charter member of the VSU Prior Learning Assessment group, developing "reflective seminar" and "portfolio" courses for nontraditional students and adult learners returning to our university. She is especially proud of her service and teaching at Valdosta State University, where she won the Honors Program Exemplary Faculty Award (2011), Mentor Teacher for eCore (2009), the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Service Award (2008), and the Georgia State Business and Professional Women's Young Careerist Award (2005).
- Philosophy of Science
- Bioethics and Medical Ethics
- Philosophy of Mind
- Environmental Ethics
- Disability Studies
- Peer Reviewed Article "The Economic and Family Context of Philosophical Autobiography: Acting ‘As-If’ for AmericanBuddenbrooks", Journal of Philosophy of Life, vol. 3, no. 1, 2013, pages 24-43
- Peer Reviewed Article "Prisons for Profit in the United States: Retribution and Means vs. Ends", Journal for Human Rights (zfme: Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte), Wochen Schau Verlag, Germany, vol. 1, Menschenrechte und Strafe, 2012, pages 76-93.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Communication in Online Fan Communities: Ethics of Intimate Strangers” in Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, vol. 2, no.2, December 2011, pages 279-289.
- Book Chapter “Mothers, Children with Disability, and Postmodern Sainthood” in Philosophical Inquiry into Pregnancy, Childbirth & Mothering: Maternal Subjects in the Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Series, edited by Maureen Sander-Staudt and Sheila Lintott, Routledge, 2011, pages 107-125.
- Book Chapter "A Caricature of Intimacy: Online Fan Communities and Intimacy between Strangers" in Love on Trial: Adjusting and Assigning Relationships, Edited by Nadine Farghaly and Coraźon T. Toralba, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011.
- Book Chapter "Catholicism and Disability: Sacred and Profane" in Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis, edited by Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pages 167-185.
- Book Chapter “The Common Vernacular of Power Relations in Heavy Metal and Christian Fundamentalist Performances” in Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal & Politics, Edited by Rosemary Hill and Karl Spracklen, eds., UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Language and Emotional Knowledge: A Case Study on Ability and Disability in Williams Syndrome" in Biosemiotics, August 2009.
- Edited Journal Issue “The Philosophy of Disability” Essays In Philosophy, volume 9 number 1, 2008. Includes nine papers arranged in three groups: Rawls, Language and Communicativity, and Aesthetics and Film.
- Peer Reviewed Article "Evolution and Conservative Christianity: How Philosophy of Science Pedagogy Can Begin the Conversation" in Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 2, no. 1, 2008.
- Peer Reviewed Article "Empowerment and Laughter in Philosophy" in the Journal for Philosophical Practice, 2005; Related article: “The Benefits of Comedy: Teaching Ethics Through Shared Laughter.” Academic Exchange Extra, April 2005. Peer Reviewed Article “Sonar Technology and Shifts in Environmental Ethics.” Essays in Philosophy, vol. 6, no.1, January 2005.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Huntington or Halliburton: The Real Clash of Civilizations In American Life.” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, vol. 8, Summer 2004, pages 43-54.
- Book Chapter “Feminism and Masculinity: reconceptualizing the dichotomy of reason and emotion” in Feminism and Men: Reconstructing Gender Relations, Steven Schacht and Doris Ewing, eds., New York: New York University Press, 1998, pages 183-201.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Irrationality in Philosophy and Psychology: the Moral Implications of Self-Defeating Behavior.” Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, 1998, pages 224-234.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Hegel, Harding and Objectivity.” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 14, no. 1, 1997, pages 111-122.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Feminism and Masculinity: reconceptualizing the dichotomy of reason and emotion.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 17, no. 1/2, 1997, pages 129-152.
- Peer Reviewed Article “Feminist Ethics, Mothering, and Caring.” Kinesis, vol. 22, no. 2, 1995, pages 2-16.
Selected Conference Presentations
- “Civil Discourse in Public Administration and the Media: Making the Ephebic Oath Relevant Today,” Oaths and Codes in Economics and Business Conference organized by the Review of Social Economy and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, May 11 and 12, 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands.
- “Civil Discourse and Public Administration,” International Society for Universal Dialogue, 9th World Congress in Olympia-Elida, June 22-27, 2012, Olympia, Greece.
- “Acting As-If for American Buddenbrooks: What I Learned from my James Ancestors,” Lighthearted Philosophers Society, October 15, 2011, Treasure Island, Florida.
- “A Caricature of Intimacy: Online Fan Communities and Intimacy Between Strangers”, at Persons, Intimacy and Love (November 6-8, 2009) and “The Common Vernacular of Power Relations in Heavy Metal and Christian Fundamentalist Performances” at Music, Metal and Politics: Heavy Fundametalisms (November 9-12, 2009); two interdisciplinary conferences, November 5-13, 2009, in Salzburg, Austria.
- “Language and emotional knowledge: Case Studies on Ability and Disability,” Granada Workshop on Language and Emotion, University of Granada, September 22-23, 2008, Granada, Spain.
- “The Transformation of Christianity in Neo-Conservative Contexts: Morality Plays, Pedagogy, and Pluralism,” Transformations and the Dynamics of Radical Change Conference, Queens University, November 28-29, 2008, Belfast, Ireland.
- “Comedy as a Means to the Truth, Theatre as a Means of Marketing Ideologies: Limitations for Theatre and Religion,” TaPRA Philosophy, Theatre and Performance Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, September 5-9, 2007, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
- “Social Knowledge: Emotional Awareness and Flourishing,” Culture, Society and Knowledge Conference of the Canadian Epistemological Society, Université de Sherbrooke, September 26-29, 2007, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.
- 2006 Baudrillard and Science, “Underwater Spectacles and Demon Images,” at the Engaging Baudrillard Conference, September 4-6, 2006, University of Wales-Swansea.
- “Comments on Reports of Surgeon Success Rates,” International Conference on Philosophy and Public Health, June 30–July 2, 2006, Manchester, United Kingdom.
- “Turbulence and Sediment: The Sonar Technology Community” at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society at McGill University, June 8-11, 2006, Montreal, Québec, Canada.
- “Religion and Philosophy of Science: Effective Pedagogy in Light of Evolving Controversies” at the conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture; University of Florida, April 6-8, 2006, Gainesville, Florida.
- “Kant and Lyotard on Racism and the Sublime” at the Lyotard and Kant Conference, Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology/ Collège Dominicain de Philosophie et de Théologie, November 18-21, 2004, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
- “Nursing Science and Dialectical Objectivity,” Mephistos ’96, conference of graduate students in history and philosophy of science, February 23-25, 1996, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
- “Sonar Technology in the US Courts: A Case Study in Technology and Democracy,” Technology, Democracy and Citizenship Conference of the Humanities and Technology Association, September 24-26, 2009, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
- “Revisiting Mark Twain in the Age of Bioinformatics: From Dawson’s Landing to New Halliburton,” Postcolonial Actualities Conference: Past and Present, University of Texas at Austin, October 16-18, 2009, Austin, Texas.
- “Evolution, Creationism, and Pedagogy: Insights from the Philosophy of Science,” Darwin’s Reach: Celebrating Darwin’s Influence Across the Disciplines Conference, Hofstra University, March 12-14, 2009, Hempstead, New York.
- “Ethics and Social Work: Workshop and Case Studies,” National Association of Social Workers, March 3, 2007, Tifton, Georgia.
- “Religion and Philosophy of Science: Effective Pedagogy in Light of Evolving Controversies” at the conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers; Washington & Jefferson College, August 2-6, 2006, Washington, Pennsylvania.
- “Ethics in Georgia: The Next 20 Years”, Business and Professional Women National Conference, July 19-22, 2006, Dallas, Texas.
- “Theorizing Disability”, paper presentation, and organized a three hour session on disability for the Central APA, April 2006, Chicago, Illinois.
Regional, State, and Local:
- “Organizational Leadership Reflective Seminars,” University System of Georgia Adult Learning Consortium Summer Institute, Savannah, Georgia, June 18-20, 2012
- “How to Use and Be Used by a Guest Lecturer in Core Classes,” Core Matters Conference, October 7-8, 2011
- “Sonar Technology as a Philosophy of Science Case Study” Science Seminar, March 25, 2010
- Town Hall Meeting on Health Care, Invited Speaker, sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc Zeta Sigma Zeta Chapter, March 30, 2010
- “Science and Humanities Research” presented to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, April 11, 2007, Odum Library Auditorium
- “Community Service and Ethics,” American Association of University Women, Bainbridge, Georgia Branch, April 5, 2007, Bainbridge, Georgia.
- “Knowledge, Religion and Philosophy of Science” presentation at the Get Lit Wiregrass Literacy Conference, part of a panel session on Evolution, Intelligent Design and Science Teaching, September 15, 2006, Valdosta State University
- “Youth Programs in Valdosta: Sister to Sister” presentation to the Sunrise Rotary of Valdosta, January 19, 2006, Valdosta, Georgia.
- “Ethics, Public Policy and Communication” at the Douglas Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Group, June 8, 2004, Douglas, Georgia.
- Fundamentals of Philosophy
- Philosophy of Science
- Ethics and Health Care
- Ethics and Public Administration
- Ethics and Public Policy
- Philosophy, Comedy, and Film
- Senior Capstones in Metaphilosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. James’ Recent Courses:
- 50233 PHIL 2010 IA 3.00 Fundamentals of Philosophy
- 50235 PHIL 3100 IA 3.00 Ethics and Health Care Online Campus
- 80537 PHIL 2010 C 3.00 Fundamentals of Philosophy
- 80539 PHIL 2010 HA 3.00 Honors Fundamentals of Philosophy
- 80547 PHIL 3110 A 3.00 Aesthetics
- 80555 PHIL 4800 B 3.00 Science/Images/Nature/Aesthetics
June 23, 2011