Name: Dr. Cathleen Muller
Title: Teaching Associate
Office Location: Fontaine 212
Extension: (845) 575-5095
Email: cathleen.muller@marist.edu
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 2012
M.A. in Philosophy, Tufts University, 2004
B.A. in English Literature, Swarthmore College, 2000

Certifications:

Online Instructor Certification, Marist College

Bio:

I grew up in Hamilton, NY, majored in English Literature at Swarthmore College, earned my Masters in Philosophy at Tufts University and my Ph.D. at The Ohio State University.  My research concerns the metaphysics of fictional characters.  I currently live in a small town in the Hudson Valley with my husband, our children, and our two cats.  In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading novels, running, and riding my bike on the rail trail.  I also write sonnets, create and perform hand puppet shows, play accordion, and walk on stilts in local parades and festivals.

Interests:

Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics

Areas of Interest: Logic, Feminist Philosophy, Ethics

Awards & Honors:

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

Publications:
with David Sanson and Ben Caplan, “Counting Again,” Grazer Philosophische Studien, 94, nos. 1-2 (2017): 69-82
 
"Journaling and Pre-Theoretical Discussion as Inclusive Pedagogy," AAPT Studies in Pedagogy, Volume 3: Inclusive Pedagogies (2017): 72-86.

with Ben Caplan, “Brutal Identity,” Fictional Objects, ed. Anthony Everett and Stuart Brock (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 174-207.

“Exercises in Empathy: Commentary on Barnbaum,” Philosophy through Teaching, ed. Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, and Rory E. Kraft, Jr. (Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014), 65-69.

with Ben Caplan, “Against a Defense of Fictional Realism,” The Philosophical Quarterly 64, no. 255 (April 2014): 211-224.

Research Interests:

My research concerns the metaphysics of fictional objects such as characters, particularly the realist/anti-realist debate.  While I have defended for a "brute fact" view of character identity as the best line of argument for the realist about fictional objects, I personally favor anti-realism, in particular a version of Kendall Walton's pretense theory.  I am also interested in contemporary work on race and gender, which led me to create the Race and Gender Reading Group at Marist.  My latest research project has combined these two interests into a focus on how we should understand race- and gender-bending in fiction.

Conferences & Workshops:

“Grounding Fictional Objects,” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, Montreal, Quebec, June 2018.

"Gender- and Race-Bending: Does the Character Survive?", Workshop on the Metaphysics of Art and Music, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, February 2017.

“Cast of Characters: The Temptation of Realism about Characters in Theater,” American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 2016.

Comments on Michel-Antoine Xhignesse, "Titles Unnamed,” American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014.

“‘I’m a Real Boy!’: Predication and Fictional Characters,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IL, February 2014.

with Henry Pratt, “The Case of the Disappearing Epaulets: An Account of Continuity Errors,” American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 2013.

"The Relation of Puppet to Character in the Work of Bread and Puppet Theater," Fifty Years Bread & Puppet: Cheap Art and Political Theater, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, September 2013.

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.

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.

Affiliations:

American Society for Aesthetics

American Association of Philosophy Teachers

American Philosophical Association

Canadian Philosophical Association

Society for Analytical Feminism

Presentations:

“Gender- and Race-Bending: Does the Character Survive?,” Bard Philosophy Club’s “Women in Philosophy” series, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, October 2016.

with Sasha Shivers, “Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking,” School of Liberal Arts Pedagogy Forum, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2016.

"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.

Miscellaneous:

Organizer, Race and Gender Reading Group, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, September 2014-May 2016.  (RGRG is currently on hiatus; please contact me if you're interested.)

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.