Diane Dunham

Adjunct
College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy

Profile

Diane Dunham holds an M.A. in Literature and Philosophy (1998) and an M.Hum with concentration in Philosophy (1999) from Wright State University, where she taught Introduction to Philosophy as well as Literature and Composition from 1996-2002. Dunham's Master of Humanities thesis, "Will in Jazz: Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Music and the Aesthetics of Miles Davis," won Best Thesis of the Year Award for Liberal Arts at Wright State University in 1999. Ms. Dunham has taught classes at the University of Dayton since 2002 in both specialist and substitute roles for Intro to Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy & Women, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Human Nature, Philosophy of Human Rights, Environmental Ethics, and Asian Philosophy. She has also taught since 2002 in the Antioch University McGregor Humanities Program courses such as Colonialism, Capitalism, and Enlightenment and Modern World Civilization. Additionally, she has conducted independent studies there in Asian Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, PreSocratic Philosophy and seminars on Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as mentoring graduate students in the Humanities.

Ms. Dunham won the Part-Time Teaching in the Humanities Base Award from the University of Dayton in 2005.

Degrees

  • M. Hum., Wright State University

Research Interests

  • Existentialism/tension with metaphysics
  • Feminist theory
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, linguistic theory
  • The cosmological philosophy of the Presocratics
  • Eastern philosophy
  • The history of the problem of the Self and Other, as it appears in both eastern and western thought
  • Phenomenology, ontology
  • History of the relationship between philosophy and physics