Program Director

Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley

Professor of Philosophy

Director of The Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program

Office: Faculty Towers 103D
Phone: 661-654-2249
Fax: 661-665-6904

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethics and Technology
  • American Philosophy

Jacquelyn Ann Kegley, a CSUB Professor of Philosophy and Interim Director of the University Honors Program has received many teaching awards, including CSUB Outstanding Professor (1987), Outstanding Professor for the entire CSU University System (1988), recipient of the $20,000 CSU Wang Family Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2000), the CSUB Faculty Leadership and Service Award (1997) and the Herbert W. Schneider award for making “career-long outstanding contributions to American philosophy.(2006) She has published twelve books and over seventy articles in the fields such as philosophy of science and technology, bioethics, ethics, social and political philosophy and American philosophy. She serve two years as President of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 2000-2002); has served as Chair of the CSU Academic Senate and serves again as Chair of the CSUB Academic Senate. She also served five years as Faculty Athletics Representative. Most important, Dr. Kegley genuinely loves teaching and working with students. Just last year she made a major donation to the university to establish the Jackie A. Kegley Student Success Center. She is available to help with any academic or personal problems CSUB honors students may encounter while at the university.

Professional Degrees

  • BA.; English & History, Allegheny College
  • MA; Philosophy, Rice University
  • Ph.D.; Philosophy of Science, Columbia University


Persuasion and Compulsion in Democracy, Lexington, 2013.
Josiah Royce in Focus, Indiana University Press, 2009.
Informed Consent in an International Perspective: Case Studies, with A. Carmi, J. Arboledo-Flores & T. LeBlanc,      UNESCO, 2003.
Genetic Knowledge, Human Values and Responsibility, Author & Editor, Paragon, 1999.
Genuine Individuals and Genuine Communities: A Roycean Public Philosophy, Vanderbilt University Press, 1997.
Paul Tillich on Creativity, University Press of America, 1989.
Reasoning with Analogy: The King Returns, CAI Software Package for Critical Thinking, McGraw Hill, 1984.
Introduction to Logic, with Charles W. Kegley, UPA, 1982.
The Humanistic Delivery of Services to Families in a Changing and Technological Age, 1982.
A New Challenge to the Educational Dream: The Handicapped, Author and Editor, 1980.
The Doctrine of Interpretation: Building Community out of Conflict, Author and Editor, 1978.
Introduction to Logic, with Charles W. Kegley, Charles E. Merrill, 1978.
Instructors’ Manual, Introduction to Logic, with Charles W. Kegley, 1978.

Selected Articles

“Can We Answer the Many Contemporary Challenges to our Notion of the ‘Human Self,” Southwest Philosophy Journal, Vol. 29, Number 1, January 2013, 233-240.
“Racism, Race and Josiah Royce: Exactly What Shall We Say?? in The Relevance of Royce, Kelly A. Parker and       Jason Bell, editors. Fordham University Press, forthcoming., 2013.
“Not Black or White but Chocolate Brown: Reframing the issues of Cosmopolitanism,” International Conference      on Cosmopolitanism and Place, June 2-4, 2011; Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, volume to be published,      February, 2013.
“The Self as Naturally and Socially Embedded but Also as So Much More,” in George Herbert Mead in the 21st      Century, edited by Tom Burke and Krzystof Piotr Skowronski, Lexington, 2013.
“Mining the Past, Acting in the Present, and Enriching the Future, The Pluralist, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2012, 7-24.
“Mind as Personal and Social Narrative of an Embodied Self,” in Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century:      Historical, Ethical and Religious Interpretations., edited by Kelly Parker and Krzystof Piotr Skowronski,      Lexington, 2012.
“The Ethical Subject as “Rational Individual but So Much More,” but So Much, More,” The Journal of Speculative      Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2011, 116-149.
“The Self as Naturally and Socially Embedded but Also as So Mch More,” in George Herbert Mead in the 21st      Century, edited by Tom Burke and Krzystof Piotr Skowronski, Lexington, 2013.
“Racism, Race and Josiah Royce: Exactly What Shall We Say?"
“John E. Smith: A Frontiersman, a Humble Interpreter and Advocate for Community,” in Experience,      Interpretation, and Community: Themes in John’s Smith’s Reconstruction of Philosophy, Cambridge Scholars      Publishing, 2011.
“Josiah Royce,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, May, 2011,
“Rorty as a Critic but not Critical Enough,” International Journal of Cultural Research, 116-119,,
John E. Smith: Recovering the Essential in Philosophy: Experience, Self, and the Fact of Religion, Journal of      Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 25:12,Winter, 2011.
“The Ethical Subject/Agent’ as ‘rational individual’ but also as so much more!” Journal of Speculative Philosophy,      Vol. 25:11, Fall 2011, 116-129. “John E. Smith,” A Frontiersman, a Humble Interpreter and Advocate for      Community,” a chapter to appear in a book on the Philosophy of John E. Smith, edited by Vincent Coalpietro,      and published by Penn State University Press, 2010.
“Peirce and Royce and the Betrayal of Science: Scientific Fraud and Misconduct,” The Pluralist 5:2. September,      2010, 1-26.
“John Dewey and Josiah Royce in Dialogue on the Individual and Community,” in John Dewey at 150: Art,      Culture and Society, edited by Krzystof Piotr Skowronski and Matthew C. Flamm, Rodolpi, 2010.
“False Dichotomies and Missed Metaphors: Genuine Individuals need Genuine Communities,” The Philosophy of      Richard Rorty, Library of Living Philosophers, Open Court, 2010, 107-135.
“Josiah Royce on Race: Issues in Context,” The Pluralist, Volume 4, Number 4, Fall, 2009.


  • Phil 101: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Phil 102: Critical Thinking
  • Phil 308: American Philosophical Heritage
  • Phil 342: Philosophy of Religion
  • Phil 352: Philosophy of Science
  • Phil 382: Philosophy of Race



  • Chair, CSU, Academic Senate 2000-2003
  • Senator, CSU Academic Senate 1998-2009
  • Chair, CSUB Academic Senate

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