Jennifer "Jenny" Keefe

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor - Philosophy
  • Politics-Philosophy-Law Department
  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, 2006
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Jennifer Keefe


  • History of Philosophy
  • British Idealism
  • Scottish Philosophy
  • 19th Century Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
Dr Jenny Keefe obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where she specialized in the history of philosophy, specifically the metaphysics of James Frederick Ferrier. After her doctoral studies, she worked for 3 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow of Philosophy in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr Keefe started teaching at UW-Parkside in 2008. Her research areas include Scottish Philosophy, British Idealism and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Epistemology and Metaphysics

Research Interests

History of Philosophy (especially 19th Century Scottish Philosophy and British Idealism).

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2019: 'The Scottish Idealists: Absolute Idealism and Personal Idealism', Journal of Scottish Philosophy

2019: 'James Frederick Ferrier', Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

2016: 'The British Idealists: Green, Bradley and Caird', in The Nineteenth Century Reader, edited by Benjamin Crowe (Routledge)

2016: 'The Early British Idealists and the Metaphysics of the Self', in The British Idealists and the Concept of the Self, edited by W.J Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou (Palgrave-Macmillan)

2015: 'James Frederick Ferrier: The Return of Idealism and the Rejection of Common Sense', in Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, edited by Gordon Graham (Oxford University Press)

2014: 'J.F. Ferrier’s Metaphysics', Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century edited by William Mander, (Oxford University Press)

2011: J.F. Ferrier: Selected Philosophical Writings, Editor, Library of Scottish Philosophy, (Imprint Academic)

2007: 'Ferrier, Common Sense and Consciousness ', Journal of Scottish Philosophy

2007: 'James Ferrier and the Theory of Ignorance' , The Monist

2007: 'The Return to Berkeley' , British Journal for the History of Philosophy

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 203 - Truth, Knowledge and Belief:
PHIL 205 - Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 260 - History of Philosophy: Ancient
PHIL 261 - History of Phil: Early Modern
PHIL 275 - Techniques of Phil Research
PHIL 305 - Philosophical Analysis:
PHIL 360 - History of Philosophy: Ancient
PHIL 361 - History of Phil: Early Modern
PHIL 494 - Internship in Philosophy
PHIL 499 - Independent Study:
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