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  • Margaret Watkins small2Dr. Margaret Watkins

    Associate Professor of Philosophy 

    Placid Hall, Room 320
    724-805-2566 (on campus ext. 2566)

    Research Interests

    History of Modern Philosophy, especially Hume
    Normative Ethics and the Virtues
    Philosophy and Literature


    Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002
    M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2000
    B.A., College of William and Mary, 1996

    Courses Taught

    1st Philosophy
    Modern Philosophy
    Theories of Knowledge
    Contemporary Philosophy

    Margaret Watkins came to Saint Vincent in the fall of 2009, after earning the Ph.D. in philosophy at Notre Dame and teaching for eight years at a university in Texas. Her research focuses on ethics and early modern philosophy, with an emphasis on the moral philosophy of the eighteenth-century philosopher, David Hume. She has published articles on Hume's ethics and aesthetics, as well as several articles on the relationship between literature and philosophy, exploring the resources of Jane Austen's novels for questions in ethics and virtue theory. She is currently working on a book on Hume's Essays Moral, Political, and Literary. Dr. Watkins is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hume Society and is the editor of the Hume: Value Theory category on PhilPapers.org.