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Linda L. Cox – Adjunct Professor of Philosophy



Linda L. Cox is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at ACC, where she teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities (Great Questions) courses. She received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. from Duke, and a B.A. from Rice. She has taught in the Philosophy Department at Southwestern University and in the English Department at UNC-CH. She is active in promoting civic engagement through global and cultural understanding, service-learning, conflict transformation, and strategic peacebuilding, and is committed to creating an intellectual community enriched by equity and inclusion along a number of dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender orientation and identity, class and religion. To this end, her philosophy courses have been cross-listed in Race and Ethnicity Studies, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies programs. Her publications include “The Convergence of Ricœur’s and von Wright’s Complex Models of History” (Ricoeur Studies 2014), “’Holding Open a Place for Possibility’: Paul Ricoeur, Fredric Jameson, and the Language of Utopia” in Ideology and Utopia in the Twenty-First Century: The Surplus of Meaning in Ricoeur’s Conception of the Dialectical Relationship (Lexington 2019), and “Defilement, Sin, and Guilt in Paul Ricoeur’s The Symbolism of Evil and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric” in Evil and the Symbolic (forthcoming).

Teaching Philosophy

Students in all my courses can expect to be part of a supportive and engaged class community searching for answers to some of the most pressing and persistent questions humans have asked. Who am I? What is real? What is eternal? How do we know? How should we act as individuals and as a community? We read historical and recent texts, watch films, and view videos of modern philosophers, and we examine the ways the questions they raise apply to modern life. In our assignments, students learn to think clearly and critically, to evaluate arguments, and—most importantly–to add their own voices to these ongoing philosophical conversations.

Areas of Interest

Gender and Women’s Studies
Peace Studies
Global Philosophy

Courses Taught at ACC

PHIL-1301: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL-2306: Ethics
HUMA-1301: Humanities Prehistory to Renaissance: Great Questions Seminar