Degrees: Ph.D., Toronto

Expertise: Dr. Kaye has special interest in medieval philosophy, critical thinking, pop culture, and evolution. She is the local coordinator of Amnesty International.

Born:   July 7, 1971 (Madison, Wisconsin)


Ph.D. Philosophy: University of Toronto, 1993‑1997

Dissertation: William of Ockham’s Theory of Conscience
Supervisors: Calvin Normore and Bernard Katz

M.A. Philosophy: University of Toronto, 1992‑1993

B.A. Philosophy: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989‑1992
Graduated with Distinction

Diploma in Massage Therapy:  Ohio College of Massotherapy, 2007
Graduated with Honors

Licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice Massage Therapy, 2008

Current Projects:

The Alexander Hoard (Parmenides Press, 2015) The sequel to Black Market Truth.

Question Mark and Theo Rizing volumes 1 and 2 of Royal Fireworks’ K-12 philosophy curriculum



Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (Hodder, 2014)

What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Lover (Open Court, 2012)

The Onion and Philosophy (Open Court, 2011)

The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy (Wiley, 2010)

Critical Thinking (Oneworld, 2009)

Black Market Truth, Book One of The Aristotle Quest:  A Dana McCarter Trilogy (Parmenides, 2008)

        Also available in Greek

 Medieval Philosophy (Oneworld, 2008)

Lost and Philosophy (Blackwell, 2007)

      Also available in Turkish and Portuguese

Philosophy for Teens, with co-author Paul Thomson (Prufrock Press, 2006)

      Also available in Japanese

More Philosophy for Teens, with co-author Paul Thomson (Prufrock Press, 2007)

On Ockham, with co-author Robert Martin (Wadsworth, 2001)

On Augustine, with co-author Paul Thomson (Wadsworth, 2001)

      Also available in Slovak

Popular Articles

 “My Long Lost Lover the Antichrist,” The Devil and Philosophy, (Open Court 2014).

Why Publish?” Academe 94:3 (May-June 2008): pp. 33-4.

“Quantum Physics and Ockham’s Eraser,” Science and Spirit 18:5 (November/December, 2007): 46-47.

“L.O.S.T. in Lost,” Lost and Philosophy, edited by Sharon M. Kaye (Blackwell, 2007): 1-5.

“It’s So Bad It’s Sick: Why Philosophy is for Teens,” Insights 17:1 (Fall 2007): 1-2.

“Mmmyez: Stewie and the Seven Deadly Sins,” Family Guy and Philosophy, edited by J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Blackwell, 2007): 74-86.

“The Running Life:  Getting In Touch With Your Inner Hunter Gatherer,” Running and Philosophy, edited by Michael Austin (Blackwell, 2007): 161-170. Also available in Korean and Chinese.

“Cosmic Sledding,” with co-author Robert Prisco, under the pseudonym D.W. Ireland, The Dalhousie Review 86:3 (Autumn 2006): 389-396.

“Dress Rehearsal For Life:  Teaching Philosophy to High School Students” Analytic Teaching 26:1 (Spring 2006): 1-9.

“In the End it’s the Tail: Thomas Aquinas’s Fifth Proof of the Existence of God,” with co-author Robert Prisco, Think (Summer 2005): 67-74.

“Could the Universe be Infinitely Old?  Thomas Aquinas’ First Way of Proving the Existence of God,” with co-author Taleiza Calloway, Dialogue 24 (2005): 21-25.

“Lassoing the Wind: Can the Doctrine of Analogy do the Trick?” with co-author Nelson Foster, Dialogue 22 (2004): 3-6.

“Ockham’s Razor,” Think 4 (Summer 2003): 91-95.

“Buffy in the Buff: A Slayer’s Solution to Aristotle’s Love Paradox,” with co-author Melissa Milavec in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, edited by James B. South (Chicago: Opencourt, 2003), pp. 173-184.

“Is God the Source of Morality?” with co-author Harry Gensler in God Matters, edited by Ray Martin and Christopher Bernard (New York: Longman Press, 2002), pp. 481-487.

Scholarly Articles

“William of Ockham.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press.

“Discipline and Punish: A Foucaultian Analysis of the Modern Crib,” Philosophy Pathways No. 182: 18 January, 2014.

Kaye, Sharon, and Earl Spurgin, “Using the Internet Platform “Second Life‟ to Teach Social Justice,” Teaching Philosophy 34.1 (2011): 17-32.

“William of Ockham” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2007,

“The Virtue of Playing Along,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14:1 (Spring 2007): 1-10.

“William of Ockham and the Unlikely Connection between Transubstantiation and Free Will,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81 (2007): 123-132.

“Was There No Concept of Evolution in the Middle Ages?:  The Case of William of Ockham,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 14:2 (Spring 2006): 225-244.

“True Friendship and the Logic of Lying,” Journal of Value Inquiry 39 (2005): 475-485.

Where Is the Antichrist? A Review Article of Behold the Antichrist, by Delos B. McKown,” Sophia 44:2 (October 2005): 59-66.

“Personhood and Free Will,” The Philosopher 92:2 (Autumn 2004): 11-13.

“Free Will and Ockham’s Razor: A Revival of the Argument from Introspection,” Personhood, ed. Heikki Ikäheimo et al., University of Jyväskylä Publications in Philosophy 68 (2004): 99-105.

“Why the Liberty of Indifference is Worth Wanting: Buridan’s Ass, Friendship, and Peter John Olivi,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 21:1 (January, 2004): 21-42.

“Saying ‘No’ to God: The Emergence of Metaphysical Freedom,” Dalhousie Review 82:1 (Spring 2002): 153-170.

“Some Philosophical Reflections on the Coming of the Antichrist,” Sophia 39 (Oct/Nov 2000): 79-103.

“Realism, Conventionalism, and William of Ockham,” Proceedings of the World Congress in Philosophy II (August 1999): 207-216.

“Later Medieval Nominalism and the Politics of Supposition,” Eidos XIV (January 1999): 29-50.

“There’s No Such Thing as Heresy and It’s a Good Thing, Too: William of Ockham on Freedom of Speech,” Journal of Political Philosophy (March 1998): 41‑52.

“Against a Straussian Interpretation of Marsilius of Padua’s Poverty Thesis,” History of Philosophy Quarterly (July 1994): 269‑280.

Grants, Awards, and Honors:

Burton D. Morgan Course Development Grant, 2015

John Carroll University Online Course Development Grants 2014, 2015.

Burton D. Morgan Course Develoment Grant, 2013

John Carroll University, Grauel Faculty Fellowship, 2012

Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Literary Award for Black Market Truth

Eric Hoffer First Place Commercial Fiction for Black Market Truth

National Best Books Award-Winning Finalist for Black Market Truth

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Black Market Truth

John Carroll University, On-line Course Development Grant, 2009

National Book Award Finalist for Black Market Truth

John Carroll University, On-line Course Development Grant, 2008

John Carroll University, Graduate School, Diversity Course Development Grant, 2006

American Philosophical Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs, 2006

John Carroll University, Grauel Faculty Fellowship, 2006

John Carroll University, Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service, 2005

YWCA of Medina County First Place Overall Women 10K Run

Bellefaire JCB Biathlon Winner, 2005

John Carroll University, Summer Research Grant, 2004

John Carroll University, Institute of Catholic Studies, Course Development Grant, 2003

Bellefaire JCB Biathlon Winner, 2003

John Carroll University, Summer Research Grant, 2002

John Carroll University, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Summer Research Grant, 2000

John Carroll University, Summer Research Grant, 1999

Dalhousie University, Killam Supplemental Travel Grant, 1998

Dalhousie University, Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1997‑1998

University of Toronto, Harcourt Brown Travel Fellowship, 1996

University of Toronto, Research Assistantship, Professor Wayne Sumner, 1995‑1997

University of Toronto, Martha Lyle Love Essay Award, 1996

University of Toronto, Open Fellowship, 1995-1996

University of Toronto, George Paxton Young Memorial Prize, 1995

University of Toronto, Descartes Project Research Assistantship, 1993‑1994

University of Toronto, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1994-1995

University of Toronto, International Student Differential Fee Waiver Scholarship, 1992-1995

University of Toronto, Open Fellowship, 1993-1994

University of Toronto, Simcoe Special Fellowship, 1992-1993

Phi Beta Kappa Key, 1992-present

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1990-present