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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 Associate professor of Philosophy, and a former Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar. He was a Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy in the Public Life in 2010. His specialties are the philosophy of sport, aesthetics, and metaphysics. He has co-edited a book Cycling: philosophy for everyone (Wiley & Blackwell), published in journals such as Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy, or Proteus, and has chapters in anthologies on sports and risk, the ethics of sport, soccer, hunting, childhood, literature, and others (some in Spanish). His big philosophical appetite, which also helps fuel his motivation to pedal, ranges from value theory, ethics, and aesthetics to metaphysics, from philosophy and literature, Eastern philosophy, and the philosophy of mind to sport, all areas on which he loves to teach and research. Born and raised in Pamplona, Spain, he ran with the bulls for a number of foolish years. He is a Cat 2 racer. More information on publications, current research projects, and other undertakings can be found at