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About Anna Vaughn

Dr. Vaughn joined Sacred Heart University in 2017 after a recent stint teaching at Connecticut College. She is a recent transplant to Connecticut from the Mountain West and while she misses the mountains (and her family!) she loves the fall leaves, crisp breezes, and walks with her little boy. She is very excited to join the Sacred Heart community.

Dr. Vaughn is primarily a historian of Early Modern philosophy (the period between Descartes and Kant) and the philosophy of perception. Her current research investigates the nature of sense perception, particularly the tension between passively receiving sensations and active cognitive processing in the context of Locke's discussion of the Molyneux problem. The Molyneux problem is a thought experiment posed by William Molyneux to Locke about whether someone born blind, but suddenly able to see, could recognize objects he or she had previously known only by touch.

Philosophy is a conversation. The trends we see in contemporary philosophy arise within a historical context, often informed by scientific discovery. Dr. Vaughn’s approach to teaching philosophy is to highlight this conversation by emphasizing the historical and thematic connections between philosophical ideas.

Positions

2017 - Present Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University Department of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies
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2016 - 2017 Visiting Lecturer, Connecticut College
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Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Steffensen Cannon Fellow, August 2015-May 2016
  • University Teaching Assistantship Fellow, August 2014-May 2015
  • Philosophy Department Tanner Fellow, August 2013-May 2014
  • Stockham Medal for Conspicuously Effective Teaching (Nominated)
  • ASUU Research Travel Funding, October 2015
  • Graduate Research Travel Assistant Award, University of Utah Graduate School, July 2015
  • Graduate Student Stipend, American Philosophical Association, April 2015
  • Graduate Research Travel Assistant Award, University of Utah Graduate School, April 2015 and July 2015
  • University of Utah New Student Fellowship, 2002-2003

Courses

  • Magic v. Science in the Scientific Revolution
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • Philosophy through Letters
  • Early Modern Philosophy

Education

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2016 Ph.D., University of Utah ‐ Philosophy
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2006 - 2008 Transferred - Ph.D., University of Virginia ‐ Philosophy
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2005 M.A., University of Utah ‐ Philosophy
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2001 B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Utah State University ‐ English Literary Theory and Philosophy
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Contact Information

Phone: (203) 371-7730

Location: 
Philosophy 
Academic Building 
College of Arts and Sciences 

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