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Mary Clayton Coleman
  • 2012-2013 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Mary Clayton Coleman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Illinois Wesleyan University, earned her doctorate from Harvard University. Her published and ongoing research is in a wide range of areas including philosophy of action, metaphysics, and applied ethics, and her papers have appeared in such leading journals as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. A recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment from the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Professor Coleman will spend her time at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs working on her book, How to Act, which explores the relationship between “what action is, and what we ought to do.”

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.