Religious Studies Program

The Cal Poly Philosophy Department houses a Religious Studies program with a wide variety of courses in GE and a Religious Studies minor.

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Between the Species

Between the Species online journal logoAn online philosophy journal about the relationship between humans and animals.
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Ethics Group

Cal Poly's Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group focuses on the implications and impact of emerging sciences and technologies.
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Kenneth Brown

Associate Professor

Department Chair

PHIL Major and Minor Advisor

Western Intellectual Tradition Minor Advisor

Faculty Advisor to the Philosophy Club

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California Irvine (2006)
  • M.A., Philosophy, Claremont Graduate School
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California Irvine

Professional Interests

  • History of ancient, early modern, and early analytical philosophy, with particular interest in Locke and the development of empiricism

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 429: Locke's Theory of Ideas
  • PHIL 429: The Philosophy of George Berkeley
  • PHIL 429: Lucretius and the Legacy of Epicureanism
  • PHIL 335: Social Ethics
  • PHIL 317: History of Analytic Philosophy
  • PHIL 314: Early Modern Empiricism
  • PHIL 313: Early Modern Rationalism
  • PHIL 310: Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
  • PHIL 231: Philosophical Classics - Ethics & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

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