Applied Ethics, Logic, History of Philosophy, Cultural Studies
B.A. University of Kansas
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Faculty Excellence, 2009
Office: Fitzelle 153
P. (607) 436-2470
Online Office Hours Spring 2021:
MWF 11-12 & By Appointment
Department of Philosophy
Office: Fitzelle 160
P. (607) 436-2456
Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Urban Philosophy, Philosophical Psychology, and Philosophy of Education
B.A. Union College
M.A.T. Union College
M.A. SUNY Buffalo
Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo
Office: Fitzelle 150
P. (607) 436-2811
Spring 2021 Online Office Hours :
Thursday 12-4 PM or by appointment
"I joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta in 2006, initially with a joint appointment in Africana and Latino Studies and Philosophy. When tenured in 2012, my appointment was moved fully into Philosophy.
I have written, published, and presented materials on democracy, naturalism, urban philosophy, social and political philosophy, and specific areas in philosophical psychology, like irrational motivations and cognitive biases, self-deception and self-control, racist motivations, and psychopathy. My current research is about public education in democracy. I hope to form this into a book manuscript in late 2021.
Besides being a philosopher, I am also certified to teach English and Language Arts in New York, Illinois, and Florida. Before coming to Oneonta, I taught for 5 years in the Chicago area (where I was born and raised), and recently I spent two years teaching at high schools in Key West, Florida and the Bronx, while on leave from SUNY Oneonta. I have taught a range of high school courses, from 9th grade reading instruction to IB Theory of Knowledge and AP Literature and Composition. I did my student teaching at Schenectady Public High School all the way back in 1996-1997.
Other than Oneonta, I have also taught college-level courses at Moraine Valley Community College, Florida Keys Community College, and Mohawk Valley Community College. I enjoyed teaching community college students as many of them were non-traditional, changing careers, and hungry to learn.
Philosophy courses are more valuable than many realize. All the most pressing problems of our society and world are ultimately, in some way, philosophical problems. Climate change and environmental issues, the rights of various groups of people or other animals, war, philanthropy, abortion, assisted suicide, factory farming and what and how we eat, the shape of our democracy and who is a part of it, racism and other forms of discrimination, social welfare programs and economic structures of society--all of these topics require philosophical background and thinking. As a society, we have failed to resolve many of these problems, perhaps because we do not take philosophy as a subject seriously.
Michael P. Koch
On sabbatical Spring 2021
Humanities, Social Philosophy, History of Philosophy
Undergraduate Studies, Simon's Rock Early College
B.A. Bard College
D.A. Philosophy, Social and Political Theory, SUNY Albany
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2014
Phi Sigma Tau, Faculty Adviser
Office: Fitzelle 160B
P. (607) 436-3721
Environmental Ethics, Media Ethics, European Philosophy, Hermeneutics
B.A. Gutenberg-Gymnasium: Wiesbaden, Germany (Abitur)
M.A. Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat: Mainz, Germany
Ph.D. Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat: Mainz, Germany
Research-Fellow at the Bibiliotheque Nationale : Paris, 1987-1990
Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence, 1995
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2005
VP and Secretary of the University Faculty Senate, Albany, 2005/2006
Visiting Professor at Denver University (Colorado) & Sripatum University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Office: Fitzelle 152
Links: Achim Koeddermann's Website
ON SABBATICAL AY 2020/2021
Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science
B.A. Louisiana State University
M.L.I.S. Louisiana State University
Ph.D. Tulane University
Esther Hubbard Whitaker Award, 2013
Office: James M. Milne Library 120
P. (607) 436-2998
My main interests are in the metaphysics of mind. I studied at Tulane University, mostly in the philosophy department. I also spent a year in the departments of psychology and neuroscience, where I learned that I still had much to learn about the organ between our ears. My research examines prephilosophical, spatial foundations for linguistic and mental representations through the use of psychological work on statistical learning and perceptual development. I consider interdisciplinary approaches essential to good philosophical analysis, in particular for questions in cognitive science.
In fall 2017 term I will offer Ethics. I regularly teach Introduction to Philosophy (with a decidedly mind/body theme) in addition to Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, and Theories of Knowledge.
Fall 2017 Office Hours: by appointment
Office: 155 Fitzelle Hall
P: (607) 436-3037
Spring 2021 Online Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-3:50, Thursday 10-11 and by appointment
Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Bioethics, Social and Political Philosophy
B.A. University of Dallas
M.A. Boston College
Ph.D. Boston College
Office: Fitzelle 156
P. (607) 436-3220
Online Office Hours Spring 2021:
T 2-4 on Blackboard Collaborate
Associate Professor & Acting Chair Spring 2021
Asian Philosophy and Comparative Studies, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
B.A. Beijing University
M.A. Beijing University
Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Office: Fitzelle 157
P. (607) 436-2330
Spring 2021 Office Hours 7-8PM Tuesday & Wednesday
Ashok Malhotra, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Dr. Malhotra is a founding member of the SUNY Oneonta philosophy department. He retired in 2016.
Among his many achievements, Dr. Malhotra established the SUNY Oneonta "Learn-and-Serve" study abroad program in India. He has lead 20 groups with more than 300 students, faculty, and community members on humanitarian missions. More recently, he built three elementary and three high schools for more than 1200 impoverished children in the remote villages of India. Much of the funding for these six schools comes from the Ninash Foundation, a charitable organization established in 1996 in honor of his late wife, Nina, to promote literacy among children and adults throughout the world. The Ninash Foundation's work has thrice earned Dr. Malhotra nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.