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Glennan, Stuart

Professor - Philosophy
Philosophy & Religion


Jordan Hall - 237B


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Stuart Glennan received his B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from Yale University in 1985. After a few years doing public policy work for the United States government, he enrolled in the philosophy program at the University of Chicago, receiving a master’s degree in 1989 and a PhD in 1992. Dr. Glennan has taught at Butler since that time, serving as chair of the philosophy and religion department from 1999-2007.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Glennan’s research is centered in the philosophy of science. He has written chiefly on topics concerning causation, scientific explanation and the concept of mechanism. He has also written on science education and on the relation between science and religion. Additionally, Glennan is the co-author of Elements of Deductive Inference, a textbook for symbolic logic.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Glennan’s teaching interests are wide-ranging. In addition to teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Contemporary Moral Issues, he teaches Logic, Epistemology and a variety of topics in analytic philosophy. He also teaches a number of courses which cross boundaries with other disciplines. These include philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and philosophy of biology. Recently, Professor Glennan has joined with religion professor Paul Valliere to develop a year-long seminar called “Faith, Doubt and Reason,” which combines an intensive year-long study of classical philosophical, religious and literary texts with the teaching of writing and of oral communications skills.


B.A. Yale University; M.A., Ph.D, University of Chicago

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
A founder and former director of Butler’s Science, Technology and Society program, Glennan is actively involved in Science Studies at Butler. Currently Glennan serves as chair of the committee that guides Butler’s Woods Lectures in the Sciences and Mathematics.