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Department of Philosophy
160 Fitzelle Hall
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015

Phone: (607) 436-2456
Fax: (607) 436-2435



Philosophy Faculty


Laura T. Di Summa-Knoop, Ph.D.

I recently received my Ph.D in philosophy from CUNY, The Graduate Center with a thesis on the nature of literary autobiographical narratives. My primary research interests are in philosophy of art, literature, and film. In particular, my work has touched upon the debate on narrative theories, cognitive aesthetics, the aesthetics of mass art, everyday aesthetics, and the relation between ethics and aesthetics in the evaluation of a work of art. In addition to philosophy of art, I also have a strong interest in cognitive psychology, applied ethics, and metaphysical issues such as the nature of personal identity. I believe in a highly interdisciplinary approach to philosophical research, and specifically in the importance of cognitive science in the understanding of past and contemporary philosophical issues.

In Spring 2014 term I will be teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, and Media Ethics.

Spring 2014 Office Hours: Wednesday 4-4.45PM; Thurdsday 5.30-6.30PM

Dr. Laura Di Summa-Knoop