Associate Professor

Department Chair

Department of Philosophy




UC Box: A142

Office: Drake House 201




Ramona Ilea with a few ethics majors. From left to right: Erin, Sierra, Ramona, Colton, Priscilla, Trelaine.

Office Hours

M 11:45-12:30

Th 1:30-3:30 P.M.

Or by appointment

Classes Fall 2013

Ethics and Society MWF 10:30-11:35

Language and Logic MWF 1:00-2:05


Animal Ethics MWF 3:30-4:35



Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2006

M.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2003

B.A. Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2000


Research Interests

There is a common conception that philosophy is interesting and deep, but it does not make much of a difference in the real world. This is in part because in the 20th century, philosophers in the Anglo-American, or analytic, tradition aspired to the objectivity of the sciences; and this aspiration led philosophers to think that they needed to be neutral on controversial social/political issues. Prof. Ilea's work work fits within a growing movement to reverse this trend. She argues that it is possible for philosophical work to contribute to public debates and social issues in ways that do not undermine our roles as philosophers. Through systematic and rigorous thinking about our distinctive roles, skills, and knowledge, philosophers will be better able to make valuable contributions to important social issues. Philosophers' engagement in the world, collaboration with others, and the motivation to search more deeply for new and innovative ideas will enrich and further issues of public concern.

Ramona Ilea's most recent research includes work done during her 2012-2013 sabbatical:


Her other publications and conference presentations include: “Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach and Non-Human Animals: Theory and Public Policy” (in the Journal of Social Philosophy), "Beyond Service Learning: Civic Engagement in Ethics Classes" (in Teaching Philosophy), “Intensive Livestock Farming: Global Trends, Increased Environmental Concerns, and Ethical Solutions" (in Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics), “The ‘Mutant’ Cure or Social Change? Debating Disability and the X-Men” (in X-Men and Philosophy), "Hume and Singer on Sympathy," "Publicly Engaged Philosophy,""Biotechnologies of Gender: Coercive or Liberatory?" “The New Green: When Pigs Fly … Off Our Plates,” "Gender Identity Disorder: A Disorder?" "Parmenides' Two Routes of Inquiry: Reassembling the Jigsaw Puzzle," and "Women and Art: Embodiment and Self-Representation."


Teaching Interests

Prof. Ramona Ilea's teaching and my research are highly connected. When she teaches, she aims to show students that studying philosophy is not just intellectually stimulating but also a powerful tool that can enable us to understand, analyze, and change the world.

The courses that she teaches are:


Selected Service

  • Department Chair, Philosophy Department, Summer 2013-present
  • Pacific University Sustainability Committee, Chair: Fall 2010-Spring 2012, Chair Elect: Fall 2009-Spring 2010,
  • Member, Advisory Board, Pacific Center for Civic Engagement, Fall 2009-Spring 2012
  • Faculty adviser for the Philosophy Club, Fall 2007-2012
  • Faculty adviser for the Animal Ethics Club, Spring 2009-Present
  • Faculty Representative in the Undergraduate Community Council (PUCC) and the Campus Life subcommitee, Spring 2007-Spring 2009
  • Member of the Feminist Studies Curriculum Committee, Fall 2006-Fall 2008
  • Member of the Pacific University Art Committee, Fall 2007-Spring 2008




    Ramona says, "I like to make crafts out of recycled materials. In the picture here, I am wearing a dress and jewelry made out of 27 containers of Purely Decadent ice cream (the best ice cream ever)! It was an outfit I wore on Halloween and it was part of Junk to Funk, a fashion show of outfits made from recycled materials. Right now, I'm into making things with little bits of fabric and modifying clothes (real clothes, not ice cream container ones!). I'm also into crocheting with plarn (yarn made from torn/useless plastic bags), making rugs, purses, etc. Plarn is an awesome material to work with (google it if you want to know more. I also make wallets from soy milk and juice containers as well as beads/jewelry from all kinds of scrap paper and other "trash." Unlike other kinds of activism I do, this is not a social justice project. It's just relaxing!"