Claire Brown

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
RE 110E
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2212


  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2011 (Philosophy)
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame, 2007 (Philosophy)
  • B.A. Asbury University, 2004 (History and Philosophy)


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Epistemology


1. Articles

“Pollyanna, Moral Sainthood, and Childhood Ideals,” in Philosophy and Children’s Literature, ed. Peter Costello, Lexington Books (forthcoming).  

“Annihilationism: A Philosophical Dead End?” with Jerry L. Walls, in Hell: An Anthology, ed. Joel Buenting, Ashgate, 2010.


2. National and International Presentations

“Dignity after Darwin: A Response to Rachels,” presented at Peking University, Beijing, China, October, 2010.   Presentation was part of “Evolution and Ethics,” a conference supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

“The 'Best Interests' of Seriously Ill Infants: Treatment Recommendations in the UK,” presented at the 25th Annual Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference, Rome, Italy, March, 2010.

“Hypothetical Desire Accounts of Well-Being Meet Reality,” presented at Cleveland Clinic, Department of Bioethics,” February 2010.

 “Repairing McDowell’s Argument for the Unity of the Virtues,” presented at the Central Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Dubuque, March, 2007.

“Response to Griffiths,” invited response at the Wheaton Philosophy Conference, September, 2005.


The Society of Christian Philosophers


While my research interests in philosophy are quite wide-ranging, most of them ultimately stem from deep questions in ethics and philosophy of religion.  For instance, I think a proper understanding of the Christian doctrine of the imago dei has implications for how we view and treat one another, for how we think about the purpose of human life, and for how we should approach some difficult moral dilemmas.  So, I spend a lot of time reflecting on what those implications are or might be, and for this reason I’m concerned with the prior question of what is required for a full (or at least more complete) understanding of the doctrine of the imago dei.  I’m particularly interested in what the doctrine has to say when we consider humanity not merely as a collection of separate individuals, each with their own capacities and abilities, but as a complete, unique species bearing both abilities and a collective calling that no isolated individual human has.  

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