Dean Kowalski

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Dean Kowalski

Professor
UW-Waukesha
Philosophy

S030

dean.kowalski@uwc.edu
(262) 521-5544
Curriculum Vitae 
Publications 

2017

Joss Whedon as PhilosopherLanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.

2015

Classic Questions and Contemporary Film: An Introduction to Philosophy, 2nd editionNew York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

“’Letting that Belief Be Real Enough’: Shepherd Book as the Embodiment of Religious Non-Realism in the Whedonverse,” The Journal of Whedon Studies 13.2, no. 42 (2015).

“’Where Does Any Story Begin?’: Book Chapters and Whedonverse Choices,” Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon's Classic Series, ed. Michael Goodrum. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

2013

“’You’re Welcome on My Boat, but God Ain’t’: Joss Whedon on Ethical Foundations,” Joss Whedon and Religion, ed. Tony Mills. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press: 2013.

2012

Moral Theory at the Movies: An Introduction to Ethics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke. Ed. Dean A. Kowalski. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012 (Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, German, and Czech translations)

"'You're a Sucky, Sucky Friend': Seeking Aristotelian Friendship in the Big Bang Theory". The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

"Cooper Considerations: Science, Religion, and the Family. The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

“A Tale of Two Republics: Plato, Palpatine, and Politics,” Homer Simpson Ponders Politics. Ed. Joseph J. Foy Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.

2011

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Eds. Dean Kowalski and Evan Kreider. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

“Seeking Authenticity in the Whedonverse,” The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

“Plato, Aristotle, and Joss on Being Horrible,” The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

“Horton Hears You, Too!: Seuss and Kant on Respecting Persons,” Dr. Suess and Philosophy. Ed. Jacob Held. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.

“Remembering Alston’s ‘Evaluative Particularism,’”Religious Studies 47, no. 3, 265-284 (2011).

2009

The Philosophy of The X-Files, revised ed. Ed. Dean A. Kowalski. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

“I Want to Believe…But Now What?,” [with S. E. Kreider] The Philosophy of The X-Files, rev. ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

“The Many Tales of ‘Jose Chung,’” [with S. E. Kreider] The Philosophy of The X-Files, rev. ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

“’Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose’ Reprised 2009,” The Philosophy of The X-Files, rev. ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

2008

"R for Revolution: Hobbes and Locke on Social Contracts and Scarlet Carsons," Homer Simpson Goes To Washington: American Politics Through Popular Culture. Ed. Joseph J. Foy. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2008 (19-40).

Steven Spielberg and Philosophy. Ed. Dean A. Kowalski. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2008.

"Minority Report, Molinism, and the Viability of Precrime", Steven Spielberg and Philosophy. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2008.

"The Paradox of Fictional Belief and Its Moral Implications in Jaws," in Steven Spielberg and Philosophy. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2008.

2007

The Philosophy of The X-Files. Ed. Dean A. Kowalski Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

"The Introduction:  Mulder, Scully, Plato, Aristotle, and Dawkins,” The Philosophy of The X-Files. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

“Some Philosophical Reflections on ‘Trust No One,’” The Philosophy of The X-Files. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

’Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose’ Reprised,” The Philosophy of The X-Files. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

"Pessimism and Hope: Two Tales of Jose Chung,” The Philosophy of The X-Files. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

"Goodfellas, Gyges, and the Good Life,” The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese. Ed. Mark Conard Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

2006

"The New Millennium Bond and Ancient Chinese Cosmology,” James Bond and Philosophy. Eds. J. South and J. Held. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2006.

2004

Classic Questions and Contemporary Film: An Introduction to Philosophy. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004.

Education 

University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. (2000), M.A. (1995); graduate minor: Southeast Asian Studies 

Ripon College (WI); A. B. (1992), cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; undergraduate majors: philosophy, history