Dr. Seth Vannatta

Title: 
Department Chair; Associate Professor
Office Location: 
Holmes Hall 309-B
Phone: 
(443) 885-1803
Email: 
seth.vannatta@morgan.edu
Website: 
https://morgan.academia.edu/SVannatta
Education:

2010 Ph.D Philosophy Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2002 M.L.A Philosophy Oklahoma City University

1995 B.A. History Colorado College

Education:

2010 Ph.D Philosophy Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2002 M.L.A Philosophy Oklahoma City University

1995 B.A. History Colorado College

Dr. Vannatta came to Morgan State University in 2010 after teaching at Casady School in Oklahoma City and spending four years in Southern Illinois earning his doctorate.  He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2014 and has served as Department Chair since 2015.  His interests outside philosophy include golf, fitness, and other sports. 

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RESEARCH INTERESTS
American Philosophy (Classical and Contemporary Pragmatism), Philosophy of Law, History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Education, Ethics, Philosophy of Sport, Popular Culture and Philosophy

Philosophers of current interest include Michael Oakeshott, Edmund Burke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Peter Viereck, John Dewey, and C.S. Peirce. His current project is an edited volume, The Pragmatism and Prejudice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Lexington Books, 2018).

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Vannatta, Seth. Conservatism and Pragmatism in Law, Politics, and Ethics. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) (Paperback, 2016).
Vannatta, Seth. "A Fallibilist Conservatism." Anamnesis. No. 6. (March, 2017), pp. 60-88.
Vannatta, Seth and Mendenhall, Allen. "The American Nietzsche? Fate and Power in the Philosophy of O.W. Holmes, Jr." 85 UMKC Law Review 1. (Fall 2016), pp. 187-205.
Vannatta, Seth. "What Use is Instrumentalism? Conservative Pragmatism in Liberal Learning." Education and Culture, Vol. 32, Issue 2, (Fall 2016), pp. 18-34.
Vannatta, Seth. "Problems at the Intersection of Aesthetics and Ethics," Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship, responsejournal.net, (2016).
Vannatta, Seth. "You are Okay: Donsein's Despair and Our Road to Recovery," in The Universe Is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy, and Mad Men. Ann Duncan and Jacob L. Goodson, Eds. (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016), pp. 192-214.

COURSES TAUGHT AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Philosophy of Education ASLP 602 (S17)
Senior Seminar II PHIL 491 (S15-17)
Senior Seminar I PHIL 490 (F14-16)
Philosophy and Constitutional Thought PHIL 441 (S15- S16)
Western Philosophy IV: Kant PHIL 438 (F12, F13)
Ethics and the Law PHIL 423 (F10-11, F14-16)
Philosophy of Law PHIL 343 (F10-F13, F17)
Western Philosophy V: 19th Century PHIL 339 (S13)
Western Philosophy III: Early Modern PHIL 337 (S12)
Problems in Philosophy: American Pragmatism PHIL 310 (F16)
Problems in Philosophy: Philosophy of Education PHIL 310 (S12)
Formal and Informal Logic PHIL 302 (S16, F17)
Introduction to the Philosophy of Politics PHIL 223 (S11)
Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge PHIL 222 (S14)
Introduction to Logic PHIL 109 (F/S, F10-S15)
Freshman Orientation ORLA 101E (F13, F15)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Philosophical Association
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy