Professor Laura Keating (Chairperson)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (212) 772-4972
She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1985, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1993. She has been at Hunter since September of 1993.
Her area of specialization is the history of early modern philosophy, with particular interest in issues related to metaphysics and epistemology. Besides courses in early modern philosophy, she teaches courses in the philosophy of science, theory of knowledge, perception, and symbolic logic, as well as introductory courses in philosophy, ethics and logic.
Publications: “The Role of the Concept of Sense in Principles IV, 189-98,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 12, No. 2 (May 2004), 199-222.
“Linking Mechanism and Subjectivity in Locke's Essay,” Locke Studies, 2002, 53-79.
“Mechanism and the Representational Nature of Sensation in Descartes,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 29, No. 3 (September 1999), 411-429.
“Reconsidering the Basis of Locke’s Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 6, No. 2 (June 1998), 169-192. Reprinted in Locke: Epistemology and Metaphysics, ed. Udo Thiel (Aldershhot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2002)
"Un-Locke-ing Boyle: Boyle on Primary and Secondary Qualities," History of Philosophy Quarterly, 10, No.4 (October 1993), 305-323.