Matt Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.


(256) 765-4373
UNA Box 5019
Willingham Hall 204
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Research & Teaching Fields:
Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, American Philosophy, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, 19th Century German Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion.

Kentucky Wesleyan College B.A 1998
Vanderbilt University M.A. 2003
Vanderbilt University Ph.D. 2004

Research, Teaching and Other Interests:

  • Dr. Fitzsimmons is currently researching how a merger of Frankfurt School Critical Theory and Deweyan political philosophy can produce a pragmatic Critical Theory.
  • His dissertation is titled: John Dewey as Critical Philosopher (Vanderbilt University, 2004).

Courses Taught:

  • PHL 201: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL 202: Logic
  • PHL 205: Ethics
  • PHL 303: Philosophy of Religion
  • PHL 340: Metaphysics
  • PHL 331: History of Western Philosophy I
  • PHL 332: History of Western Philosophy II
  • PHL 415: Ethics in Administrative Leadership
  • PHL 450: Contemporary Political Philosophy