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Melanie Walton


Dr. Melanie Walton, after receiving her B.A. in Philosophy, Comparative Religions, and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University (2004 and 2009), before joining Belmont’s faculty in 2011.  Her area of specialization is in linking contemporary Continental and medieval philosophy, especially on questions of lived-experience and the expression of meaning.  This guides her diverse research and teaching interests across the canon and through the philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and cultural and critical theory. 

In addition to her book Expressing the Inexpressible in Lyotard and Pseudo-Dionysius: Bearing Witness as Spiritual Exercise (Lexington Books, 2013), she has published chapters in collected volumes on Lyotard and love (in Thinking about Love, Penn State UP, 2015), on racial and sexual stereotypes in film (in Race, Philosophy, and Film, Routledge, 2013), and the phenomenology of gardening (in Placing Nature, Ashgate, 2011).

She teaches classes in medieval philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and the philosophy of religion; in aesthetics, ethics, and gender studies; and both historical and thematic courses in existentialism, phenomenology, and postmodernism.  As a faculty adviser, she works with the student staff of Philologoi: The Belmont University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, for majors considering graduate studies, and Belmont’s chapter of Alpha Chi honor society; for the profession, she has served as the 2015-16 president of the Tennessee Philosophical Association.

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