Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. O'Donnell's research specializes in the history of natural philosophy, early modern philosophy, and environmental ethics. She is particularly interested in the ways in which 17th Century arguments about the nature of the cosmos point to contemporary possibilities for understanding materialism, feminism, horizontal ontologies, and new approaches to knowing and relating to the natural world.
Areas of Interest
- Early Modern Philosophy
- Natural Philosophy
- Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 240: Philosophy of Nature
- PHIL 210: Logic and Argument
- PHIL 306: Early Modern Philosophy
- PHIL 308: Contemporary Philosophy
- PHIL 376: Studies in Early Modern Philosophy
- "The Forest Log: Contributions," University of Oregon, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Forthcoming, Summer 2018.
- "Suffering the Bite: Risking Complexity as an Approach to Philosophical and Intellectual History" New Directions in the Humanities: Humanities Education. Issue 14, Volume 4, Winter 2014.
- "An Economy to Begin With: The Possibility of an Environmental Ethic in the Work of Hannah Arendt" Verbum Incarnatum: an Academic Journal of Social Justice Volume 5, Spring, 2012.
- "Multipotent Individuals: An Account of the Body from the Perspective of the Ethics, Part V" Pacific Association for Continental Philosophy, University of San Francisco. September, 2018.
- "Spinoza's Material Agency: A Reading of E1p15 and E2p7." Chicago Area Early Modern Round Table, University of Chicago. April 22nd 2017.
- "Re-Placing Reason with / in Soliphilic Materialism" International Association of Environmental Philosophy, October 2015, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia.
- "It's all nonsense": Immunodeficient Responses to Ambient Grief in Chekhov and Spinoza' Society of Literature Science and the Arts, October 2013, Notre Dame University, Indiana.