Dr. Christopher Panza
Co-Chair of Philosophy & Religion
Associate Professor
Office: (417) 873-6837

Dr. Teresa Hornsby
Co-Chair of Philosophy & Religion
Associate Professor
Office: (417) 873-7849

Dr. Lisa Marie Esposito

Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Phone: 417-873-7229
Building: Burnham Hall

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Lisa Marie Esposito, professor of philosophy, joined the Drury faculty in 1998. She holds MA degrees from the University of York (England) and the University of Toronto; a Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies (M.S.L.) from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto); and a Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Her areas of specialization include ancient Greek and medieval philosophy, Eastern philosophies (particularly Buddhism and Taoism), the history of women philosophers, philosophy of human nature, and ethics. She has taught at the University of Toronto, the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the University of New Hampshire and Merrimack College.

Currently, she is working on The Other Side of the Story: Women Philosophers in Western History. This comprehensive, primary-source anthology presents the history of philosophy in the west specifically and exclusively in light of women's contributions to the field. Original texts in translation drawn from the ancient, medieval and modern periods up through contemporary feminist thought in Western Europe and North America are arranged historically. The readings illustrate the methodology and style of women philosophers, and their reflections on metaphysics, cosmology, philosophical anthropology, ethics and moral psychology, society and politics, philosophy of woman, language, epistemology, science, and the nature and method of philosophy itself.

She is also a self-taught painter who works exclusively in acrylics and frequently on large scale canvases. Aesthetic influences: the early Modernists and Abstract Expressionists of the early to mid-20th century. Philosophical influences: ancient Greek philosophers such as Pythagoras and Plato; medieval philosophy; the Eastern wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Taoism; and the 19th century New England author, Henry David Thoreau. Her artwork is wholly non-representational and employs dramatic contrasts of high intensity, double complementary colors and large, blended colour fields. The compositions arise spontaneously from a harnessing of form, saturated color, movement and energy.

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