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James Patrick Downey James Patrick Downey, associate professor, was born in Waynesboro, Virginia, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His interests include metaphysics, critical thinking, and the philosophy of logic. His publications include "Descartes's Real Argument," Ratio: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 15, 2002, No. 1, and "A Fallacy in the International Fallacy," Philosophy and Literature, 31.1, 2007.
Michael Gettings Michael Gettings, associate professor, received a B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches ethics, history of philosophy, logic, and the philosophy of art. His interests include the ontology of artworks, arguments for the existence of God, and the philosophy of language. His published works include papers on philosophy and popular culture.

"The rest of the world looks to us as a model of education that promotes innovation, and preserving our liberal arts heritage protects what we have built." Gettings discusses the importance of a liberal arts education in this op-ed published in The Roanoke Times [August 18, 2013]. Read more »