St. Bonaventure University

Faculty


Gillham, Alex R

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ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
Philosophy
ACADEMIC SCHOOL
School of Arts and Sciences

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
CONTACT
Office phone: (716) 375-2292
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OFFICE
B4 Plassmann Hall
COURSES TAUGHT
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Global Moral Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Data Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2018
  • B.A., Wabash College, 2013
OTHER EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Gillham completed his graduate work at Purdue University, where he wrote a dissertation on Epicurus’ ethics under the supervision of Patricia Curd. After finishing his Ph.D., Gillham spent a year as a visiting lecturer at Indiana University Kokomo. He then came to St. Bonaventure University as an assistant professor, where he assists with pre-law advising, coaching mock trial, and running the Center for Law & Society. Gillham’s primary devotion is teaching, although he maintains an active research agenda in ancient philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, and epistemology.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Publications

  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Evidentialism about Faith and the Justification Encroachment Dilemma.” Australasian Philosophical Review.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Epicurean Tranquility and the Pleasure of Philosophy.” Southwest Philosophy Review.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Dave Chappelle, Comedy as Philosophy, and the Reductio ad Absurdum.” In Dave Chappelle and Philosophy.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Threats, Coercion, and Willingness to Damn: Three More Objections against the Unpopulated Hell View.” Forum Philosophicum International Journal for Philosophy.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Virtue Ethics and Fandom.” Public Philosophy Journal.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Flourishing toward Dissolution: Epicurus on the Resilience of Tranquility.” In The Political Theory of Death and Dying.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (Forthcoming). “Abortion, the Impairment Argument, and Theories of Well-Being.” Journal of Medicine & Philosophy.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (2020). “Against the Strengthened Impairment Argument: Never-Born Fetuses Have No FLO to Deprive.” Journal of Medical Ethics 0: 1-4.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (2020). “How Problematic is an Unpopulated Hell?” Forum Philosophicum International Journal for Philosophy 25(1): 107-121.
  • Gillham, Alex R. (2020). “Religious Experience, Pragmatic Encroachment, and Justified Belief in God.” Open Theology 6(1): 296-305.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My role as a professor of philosophy is to guide students through the logical space relevant to a particular course. As such, I aim to familiarize students with (1) the important philosophical questions pertinent to a given course, (2) the best answers that philosophers have given to these questions, and (3) the arguments for and against these answers. In doing so, students hone their capacities to ask good questions, construct arguments in response to them, and assess the merits of solutions developed by thinkers of historical significance.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
When Gillham is not teaching or writing, he enjoys attending concerts and playing pickup basketball. He also volunteers for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a program that promotes civic competence and responsibility among upper elementary and secondary students.
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