Our Faculty

Thomas F. Wall

Professor of Philosophy


Contact Information

617 264-7618


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 452

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.; by appointment also

Education

Ph.D., M.A., Boston College; B.S., College of the Holy Cross


Bio

Professor Wall received his Ph.D. from Boston College in 1970. His special areas of interest are ethics (especially applied ethics) and the philosophy of mind. Recently he has been interested in how critical thinking skills might more explicitly be interwoven with philosophical content, so that students learn how to think well as they attempt to solve philosophical problems.


Courses I Teach

  • PHIL1101 - Problems of Philosophy
  • PHIL1115 - Recent Moral Issues
  • PHIL2104 - Theories of Human Nature
  • PHIL2105 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Publications + Presentations

  • Thomas F. Wall, Thinking Critically About Philosophical Problems. Wadsworth, 2001.
  • Thomas F. Wall, Thinking Critically About Moral Problems.  Wadsworth, 2002.
  • Thomas F. Wall, Theories of Human Nature. Wadsworth, 2005

Research Focus

The result of his research has been the three textbooks referred to below - books that have had a very positive reception in the philosophical community. Professor Wall's latest book is on human nature. Understanding what sorts of beings we are and why we behave as we do has always been at the center of the philosophical enterprise, though there has been surprisingly little written on how the central questions of philosophy - questions of reality, knowledge, good and evil, God, free will and the meaning of life - all may be understood in relation to this central subject.