Barbara Fultner, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, joined the faculty at Denison in 1995. She earned a B.A. from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She teaches courses in philosophy of language, the history of modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of feminism among others. She served as chair of the department from 2004-2008 and is currently the Director of the Women’s Studies Program.
Dr. Fultner's research interests lie at the cross-roads of analytic and continental philosophy, with a focus on theories of meaning and social practice. She is interested in the nature of normativity and its relationship to the social aspects of language. In her recent work, she has been examining the connections between semantic normativity and the development of intersubjectivity in early childhood as well as the relationship between convention and creativity in dialogue. She also has strong interests in feminist philosophy. Her articles have appeared in journals including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and The International Journal of Philosophical Studies and in several edited collections. She is translator of Jürgen Habermas Truth and Justification (MIT Press 2003) and his On the Pragmatics of Social Interaction (MIT Press 2000). She is the editor of Habermas: Key Concepts (Acumen 2011).
Dr. Fultner was the recipient of a 2008-2009 University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship, as well as Denison University's R.C. Good Fellowship for 2008-2009. In 2000, she received Denison's Feminist Teaching Award. Most recently, she has been awarded a “New Directions Initiative” grant by the GLCA to pursue yoga teacher training as part of her research on embodiment, practice, and intersubjectivity.
Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women's Studies
Granville, OH 43023
Research and Publications