Rudy Garns
philosopher, educator, cynic, citizen
Hello! My name is Rudy Garns and this is not a picture of me.
I became the value of a bound variable sometime during the late 'fifties in Elizabethtown, PA. Gogi Grant's The Wayward Wind would have been on the radio at the time of conception. But don't think about that. After graduating from Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College) in 1979 with a major in philosophy and an unwarranted positive outlook, I went on to earn my M.A. in philosophy at  Northern Illinois University in 1982 and my Ph.D. in philosophy at  Syracuse University in 1989. My dissertation, under the direction of the great William P. Alston, was on the nature of knowledge.

Currently I am an associate professor in the  Philosophy Program at  Northern Kentucky University, where I regularly teach unpopular courses in metaphysics and epistemology. I long ago co-authored a textbook entitled Theories of Knowledge and Reality,  which is still used today by some school in Canada. So, yes, I have that going for me. My current research interests include the philosophy of mind, neuroethics, and craft beers. I began working at NKU in 1989.

I also serve as the Interim Director of the Integrative Studies program at NKU, which offers an A.A., B.A. and M.A. in Integrative Studies. This is an interdisciplinary program in which students integrate work from different disiciplinary or professonal programs to design a unique course of study their parents inevitably disapprove of.

My other interests include travel and photography; food, coffee and beer; and struggling with current events.


What I Teach
  1. PHI 110
    Philosophy, Individuals and Society. Explores human nature and the ethical, social and political dimensions of human existence.
  2. PHI 306
    Philosophy of Science. A close look at the nature and practice of science.
  3. PHI 315
    Knowledge and Reality. We examine essentialism, natural kinds, innate knowledge and the problem of induction,
  4. PHI 340
    Neuroethics. How can advances in neuroscience help us understand ethical behavior and how should ethics influence neuroscience research?
  5. PHI 345
    Philosophy of Mind. How is the mind related to the body? What can we know about the nature of consciousness?
  6. IST 585
    Introduction to Graduate Integrative Studies. The introduction course for the M.A. program in Integrative Studies, preparing students for interdisciplinary research.
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