Student Fellows

Melissa A. Brady is entering her senior year at Murphysboro High School. In school, she has participated in the Illinois YMCA Youth and Government state weekend, and is an officer in several clubs on campus, including the National Honor Society. After graduation, she plans on majoring in international studies with a focus in global communication and language in the modern world.




Matthew Z. Donnelly is a PhD Candidate in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2007), and an M.A. in philosophy from Boston College (2013). His areas of specialty include metaphysics, ontology, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of language. He is currently working on a historically-based study of linear and non-linear structures in the concept of time. Matthew’s philosophical method is aggressively pluralistic, bringing disparate philosophical traditions and perspectives into conversation.

Eli Orner Kramer is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work has appeared in journals such as the Philosophy of Education Yearbook, The Journal of School and Society, and as an introduction to a new anthology on Richard Rorty entitled, Rorty and Beyond (Lexington Books, forthcoming). He is also currently co-editing the volume “Philosophical Proposals for the University: Toward a Philosophy of Higher Education,” under contract from Palgrave Macmillan. His research interests include American and European Idealism, Early American Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Process Philosophy, and Metaethics.

Cheongho Lee is a PhD Candidate in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a B.A., M.A. and PhD in ethics education from the Seoul National University. His quest for normativity led him into the writings of Charles S. Peirce, convinced that reading Peirce would advance his lifetime study about the source of value and the connection between theory and practice. He investigates the relationship between knowledge and the normativity in Peirce’s theory and also in American pragmatic tradition, including Josiah Royce and C.I. Lewis. He designed the AIPCT website.


Marc M. Anderson is a Canadian philosopher living in Montreal. His PhD in philosophy (2011) is from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. His philosophical effort, inspired by the philosophies of Royce and Whitehead, aims at developing an applied metaphysics, “Hyperthematics,” showing how value is realized and destroyed in experience, and how it can be deliberately created. Related interests include the application of the above to peace and conflict, most recently with an article entitled “Building the Great Community: Assessing Josiah Royce’s War Insurance Proposal in Light of the Collective Security Ideal of the League of Nations and the UN,” Canadian Military Journal (2016). Three articles on value in a military context are forthcoming in The Pluralist.


Paul Benjamin Cherlin specializes in classical American Philosophy and German Idealism. He publishes primarily in the area of early Americanist metaphysics, and is currently writing a book that explicates and expands upon the naturalistic metaphysics of John Dewey. He is a founding member and associate editor of Dewey Studies, and an editor for The Journal of School & Society. Dr. Cherlin holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, and Southern Illinois University (2017). He is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.



Myron M. Jackson is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI). He specializes in process and continental philosophical traditions and philosophical anthropology. Dr. Jackson teaches logic, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. His current research focuses on ironic relations at the heart of American exceptionalism, along with the influence of European pragmatism in the works of Peter Sloterdijk and Bruno Latour.


Laura J. Mueller is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, history of philosophy, American Philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of culture. Her research focuses primarily on Kant’s third Critique, emphasizing the role of pre-cognitive aesthetics in ethics and epistemology. Recent projects include personalism and animals, and Kant and mental illness. She is also interested in matriarchal theory and philosophy of symbolism.


Resident Fellows

Thurman Todd Willison is a Ph.D. candidate at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Since August of 2016 he has been in residence at AIPCT and is currently writing a dissertation that examines interpretations of human dignity within personalist thought, interrogating the impact of varieties of 20th century personalism on how human dignity came to be defined in international moral discourse and providing a constructive account of how a viable personalist theory of dignity looks in light of contemporary ethical concerns.


Research Fellows

Charles Herrman is an independent scholar from Austin, Texas. He works extensively in formal ontology (especially with ideas in the vein of Peirce and Whitehead), axiology, the philosophy of history, law, and of culture, and also in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. His work at the AIPCT has concerned civilizational structures of Honor and Dignity. He provided a seminar in cultural ontology in June 2017 based on a book manuscript he is refining.


Xu Tao holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Peking University, China. He is now an associate professor of Philosophy at Central South University, China. He is a visiting scholar of the AIPCT from October 2017 to October 2018. He has published two books on Dewey research and three other books, and participated in the Chinese translation of the collected works of Dewey. His main research interests are the American pragmatism, especially Dewey’s philosophy and Classical Pragmatism. His work at the AIPCT is to carry out a wide range of philosophical studies based on pragmatism and naturalism, and write some papers in English. In the next two years he also plans to write two Chinese books: The Development of Dewey’s Philosophical Thought and Political Philosophy from the Pragmatic Perspective.

Senior Fellows

Pete (A.Y.) Gunter founded the philosophy department at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1969. With Max Oelschlaeger he transformed the department there in 1986 into the nation’s first program in environmental philosophy. His books include Bergson and the Evolution of Physics (1969), The Big Thicket: A Challenge for Conservation (1972), Bergson and Modern Thought (1986), The Big Thicket: An Ecological Reconsideration (1986), Henri Bergson: A Bibliography (1974, 1986, now updated in Presses Universitaires de France online), Texas Land Ethics (1997), and Finding the Big Thicket: A Cartographic Approach (2016). Professor Gunter was instrumental in the creation and enlargement of the Big Thicker National Preserve, the first biological preserve in the history of the National Park Service and the first use stream corridors a fundamental to a park’s structure. He writes novels and has been caught composing music.

Mark Moorman is an independent scholar. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Bucknell University in 1983. He earned an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1986, and in 1989 an M.Phil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He edited and contributed to the book Commonplace Commitments: Thinking Through the Legacy of Joseph P. Fell, (Bucknell University Press, 2016), and published an article on Lucretius entitled, “Lucretius’ Venus and Mars Reconsidered,” (Lyceum, 2009). He has always, at some cost, had a broad interest in the history of philosophy generally. His more specific interests include idealism, in particular the philosophy of Josiah Royce, phenomenology, the philosophy of science, and Hellenistic philosophy.

Robert Cummings Neville is professor of philosophy, religion, and theology at Boston  University where he is also dean emeritus of the School of Theology and of Marsh Chapel. He is currently (2017) president of the Charles S. Peirce Society and past president of the American Academy of Religion, the Metaphysical Society of America, the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. He is the author of over 300 papers and nearly 30 books, notably the Axiology of Thinking trilogy Reconstruction of Thinking  (1981), Recovery of the Measure (1989), and Normative Cultures (1995). His recent Philosophical Theology trilogy consists of Ultimates (2013), Existence (2014), and Religion (2015). His most recent books are The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays in Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders (2016) and Defining Religion: Essays in Philosophical Theology (appearing fall, 2017). An ordained United Methodist Elder, he has published four books of sermons. The best part of most of his books are the covers the art for which has been created by the artist, Beth Neville, his wife.  His website is robertcummingsneville.com.

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