Name: Dr. Cathleen Muller
Title: Teaching Associate
Office Location: Fontaine 212
Extension: (845) 575-5095
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Philosophy, The Ohio State University
M.A. in Philosophy, Tufts University
B.A. in English Literature, Swarthmore College


I grew up in Hamilton, NY (near Syracuse), earned a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College, and then attended Tufts University in Boston, where I earned an M.A. in Philosophy.  While at Tufts, I also performed with Bread & Puppet Theater during the summers and on occasional tours.  I continued on to The Ohio State University, in Columbus, OH, where I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy in March of 2012.  I began a full-time position as a Teaching Associate at Marist in fall of 2011.  I primarily teach Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics, along with a First-Year Seminar on Fiction & Reality (beginning AU 2013) and occasionally Introduction to Logic.  In my spare time, I enjoy snuggling my two cats, reading, making puppet shows, and hiking in the nearby mountains with my husband.  I also play accordion and walk on stilts at local parades and festivals.  As I'm on campus more often than not, I welcome students to come by, have some cocoa or tea, and talk about philosophy or whatever's on your mind.   


Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language

Areas of Interest: Aesthetics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy for Children

Awards & Honors:

Graduate Student Essay Prize for "Reply to Everett's "Against Fictional Realism,"" American Society for Aesthetics, Pacific Division, 2009.

Research Interests:

My research concerns realism and anti-realism about fictional objects such as characters.  My consideration of this ongoing debate draws on work in contemporary metaphysics as well as philosophy of language.  While I find many criticisms of realism to be lacking, I nonetheless defend a pretense-based anti-realist view.  I am also currently interested in predication and properties, specifically the history and contemporary use of analogic predication.

Conferences & Workshops:

Comments on Ira Newman, "Blue Tigers and Black Holes: Imagining Logical Impossibility in Borges' Fictional World," American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012.

Comments on Esa Diaz-Leon, "What is Social Construction?," Society for Analytic Feminism Group Session, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Minneapolis, MN, March 2011.

"A Feminist Argument against Free Choice," Women and Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2009.

Comments on Sarah McCulley, "Davidson's Semantical Primitives and Why They Cannot Work," Kent State University Graduate Conference, Kent, OH, May 2009

"Reply to Everett's "Against Fictional Realism,"" American Society for Aesthetics, Pacific Division, Pacific Grove, CA, April 2009.

"Reply to Everett's "Against Fictional Realism,"" UMass Metaphysics Conference, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, January 2009.

  • American Society for Aesthetics
  • Society for Analytical Feminism
  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers

"Harry Potter and the Rescue from Realism: A Novel Defense of Anti-Realism about Fictional Characters," Faculty Research Forum, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, April 2012.


Chair, "Getting Grounded" (Alex Skiles) and "The Case of <P> and <P&P>" (Joseph Stenberg), American Philosophical Association, Central Division, New Orleans, LA, February 2013.

Panel member, Ethics and Videogames Panel Discussion, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, November 2012.

Panel member, Muggle Studies: Harry Potter and Your Major Panel Discussion, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, April 2012.

Panel member, Women in Philosophy Panel Discussion, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, February 2011.