Dr. Joel Press

Associate Professor; Chair of the Department of Communication, Design and Culture

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology (origin, nature, methods and limits of human knowledge)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Medical Ethics
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • 16th- to 18th-century Philosophy
  • Perspectives in Philosophy
  • Honors: Commentaries on Technology


  • The Scientific Use of Representation and Function : Avoiding Explanatory Vacuity Synthese (March 2008, Volume 161, Number 1)
  • Physical Explanations and Biological Explanations, Empirical Laws and A Priori Laws, Biology and Philosophy (June 2009, Volume 24, Number 3)

Research Interests

  • Reductionism and the unity of the sciences
  • B.A.: English Literature, Arizona State University
  • M.A.: Philosophy, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D.: Philosophy, University of Arizona

Email: press@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-1522

Office: Manderino Library Room 450G