Cynthia Gayman

Professor of Philosophy

"I am interested in all aspects of philosophical inquiry, especially perennial questions pertaining to meaning, lived experience, and what constitutes the good life."

Cynthia Gayman



SIU Carbondale


Book Contributions

"An Ethical Account of the Self Who Might Be Otherwise: Simone Weil and Judith Butler." The Relevance of Simone Weil: 100 Years Later. Continuum International Publishers, 2010.


"Communication and the Emergence of the Public: John Dewey and Creative Democracy." Chapter 4 in Communication and Creative Democracy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Ed. Omar Swartz. Suffolk, UK: Abramis Academic.


Highlighted Publications

"In Hope of Recognition: the Morality of Perception." Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25-2 Oct. 2011.


"Politicizing the Personal: Thinking about the Feminist Subject in Michel Foucault and John Dewey." Foucault Studies 11 Feb. 2011.


"On Ethical Progress and Goldilock's Problem: Objectivity and the Radical Revision of Values." Southwestern Philosophical Society Review 26-2 Dec. 2011.


"Words, Power, Pluralism: Are Talking to Me?" Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22-2, 2008.


"Whose Rights and What's the Difference: A Critique of Beth Singer's essay Human Rights: Some Current Issues." Metaphilosophy 38-4 July 2007.


"Not so Funny: A Deweyan Response." Contemporary Pragmatism 2-2 Dec. 2005.



Areas of Specialization

20th-Century European Philosophy

American Pragmatism

Continental Philosophy

Feminist Philosophy



Courses Taught

American Philosophy

Continental Philosophy


Feminist Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy of Art




Awards and Distinctions

Faculty Head, Regents Residential College
Recognition for 10 years of service, 2012
College of Humanities and Fine Arts Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007
College of Humanities and Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Scholarly

  Activity, 2009


Professional Memberships and Affiliations


American Catholic Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Association

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophies

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy



Cynthia Gayman

7C-14 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341



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