Ramona Ilea, PhD

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Pacific University Oregon Convocation 2015 Speaker
President’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Pacific University Oregon), 2015


Ethics and Society

First-Year Seminar: Meaning, Origins, Identity

Environmental Ethics

Animal Ethics

Language and Logic

Ethics, Medicine, and Health Care

Ethics and Civic Engagement

Philosophy of Mathematics

Topics in Moral Philosophy (a 400-level course focused on one topic, e.g., it was focused on Sympathy and Empathy in 2012)


Publications and Presentations


Experiential Learning in Philosophy, edited by Julinna Oxley and Ramona Ilea, Routledge Press,
      Forthcoming in August 2015

Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics, edited by Avram Hiller, Ramona Ilea, and Leonard Kahn. Routledge Press,
      December 2013.


1.     (forthcoming) “Rights and Capabilities: Tom Regan and Martha Nussbaum on Animals,” Tom Regan Festschrift, tentative publication date: spring 2016

2.     (forthcoming) “Cultivating Citizenship: Student-Initiated Civic Engagement Projects in Philosophy Classes.” Co-authors: Susan Hawthorne, Monica Janzen, Chad Wiener. Experiential Learning in Philosophy. Ed. Julinna Oxley and Ramona Ilea. New York, Routledge Press, tentative publication date: summer 2015.

3.     “Beyond Service Learning: Civic Engagement in Ethics Classes” (secondary author: Susan Hawthorne), Teaching Philosophy, Volume 34, No. 4, September 2011, pp. 219-240

4.     “The ‘Mutant’ Cure or Social Change?  Debating Disability and the X-Men,” X-Men and Philosophy, Blackwell, March 2009, pp. 170-183

5.     “Intensive Livestock Farming: Global Trends, Increased Environmental Concerns, and Ethical Solutions,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Volume 22, Issue2, 2009, pp. 153-167

6.     “Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach and Non-Human Animals: Theory and Public Policy,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Volume 39 Issue 4, Winter 2008, pp. 547-563



Engaged Philosophy http://www.engagedphilosophy.com/

       With Dr. Susan Hawthorne and Dr. Monica Janzen

Funded by an American Philosophical Association Grant Fund 2013-2014 and a Pacific University Faculty Development Grant summer 2012-2013



I have done over 50 conference presentations. Here are a few:

1.     “Cultivating Citizenship: Student-Initiated Civic Engagement Projects” (with Monica Janzen) The 32nd International Social Philosophy Conference, July 2015 (forthcoming) *

2.     “Cultivating Citizenship: Student-Initiated Civic Engagement Projects” (with Monica Janzen and Susan Hawthorne), American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division, APA Committee for Public Philosophy Full Session, April 2014

3.     “Rights and Capabilities: Tom Regan and Martha Nussbaum on Animals,” American Philosophical Association – Central Division, Main Program, February 2014 *

4.     “Sympathy and Utilitarianism: Allies or Enemies?” The 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 2013 *

5.     “Philosophy and Activism: Compatible or In Tension?” Keynote speech at the Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April 2013

6.     “Cultivating Citizenship: Civic Engagement Projects in Philosophy Classes” (with Monica Janzen and Susan Hawthorne), St. Catherine’s University Philosophy Colloquium, April 2013

7.     “Philosophy and Animal Activism: Compatible or In Tension?” American Philosophical Association Conference – Pacific Division, April 2012

8.     “Factory Farming, Animal Protection, and Environmental Issues,” Yale University Bioethics Center Animal Ethics Seminar Series, January 2009

9.     “Sympathy, Moral Psychology, and Utilitarianism,” The Tenth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, September 2008 *

10.  “The Capabilities Approach and Non-Human Animals,” American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division, Main Program (Winner of a Graduate Student Outstanding Paper Prize, American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division), April 2005 *


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. My work fits within a growing movement to reverse this trend. I argue 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.


PhD Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2006

MA Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2003

BA Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2000

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


I like to make crafts out of recycled materials. For example I made 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!

Office Location: 
Drake House 201 (Forest Grove)