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Philosophy Faculty

Leonard Finkelman - Assistant Professor

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TJ Day Hall 308

Education: B.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D. in Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center

Academic Interests: Philosophy of biology with an emphasis on concepts in evolution and extinction.

Kaarina Beam - Assistant Professor (on sabbatical spring 2015)

TJ Day Hall 310

Education: 1999, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. BA Bellarmine College; MA, PhD Purdue University

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza - Associate Professor (Chair)

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TJ Day Hall 309

Education: PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, MA in Philosophy and MS in Sociology of Sport from the same institution, BS in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh with honors.

Academic Interests: Ilundáin-Agurruza joined Linfield in 2006, and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He received the 2011-2012 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award and was 2008-2009 Allen & Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar. In 2013-2015 he served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS). He is a former Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy in the Public Life (2010).

His philosophical interests are broad, ranging from value theory (ethics, and aesthetics) to the philosophy of mind, from East Asian Philosophy (esp. Japanese) to philosophy and literature, 20th Century philosophy, and metaphysics, all of which he enjoys relating to sport and related practices such as martial arts.

Born and raised in Pamplona, Spain, he ran with the bulls for a number of foolish years. An avid cyclist, swimmer, and budding freediver, he also enjoys a good sparring bout with his longsword. More information on publications, current research projects, and other undertakings can be found at or

Most recently, he has published "Skillful Striving: Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performative Endeavors" as two special issues of Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy. His publications also include numerous articles and book reviews in Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Fair Play, and other journals, as well as many chapters for anthologies on sport philosophy, risk sports, martial arts, education, comparative philosophy (esp. Japanese philosophy), phenomenology, and various sports (sailing, soccer, hunting). He also co-edited a book on cycling and philosophy (with M. Austin).