St. Bonaventure University

Faculty


Woodruff, Russell J.

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ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
Philosophy
ACADEMIC SCHOOL
School of Arts and Sciences

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Associate Professor
Department Chair
Member, Environmental Studies Council
CONTACT
Phone: (716) 375-2470
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OFFICE
Plassmann Hall B-7
COURSES TAUGHT
  • CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
  • CLAR 304. The Good Life
  • PHIL 335. Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • PHIL 337. Death and Dying
  • PHIL 338. Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 341. Environmental Ethics
ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994.
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980.
OTHER EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
  • I have taught at St Bonaventure University from 1997 to the present. 
  • From 1995 to 1997 I taught at Clarion University.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I have published articles on the neutrality of technology and science, on the concept of efficiency, and on the distinction between pure and applied science.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
For me, the heart of being a good teacher is asking the right questions.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS

I am currently working on understanding the concept of dignity and how aging relates to dignity.

I am also researching the extent to which people can intentionally shape their character, using data gathered from a student assignment in my Good Life classes.

PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

I am a hospice volunteer, and a member of the Medical Ethics Committee at Olean General Hospital.

I commute to school weekly from Clarion, PA, where I live with my wife, who teaches sculpture at Clarion University, and my daughter, who keeps me young by turning me on to new music, and our five (!) cats.  I enjoy cooking, exercise, dancing, classic cocktails, playing pool and poker, and watching hockey.

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