Meet John Westmoreland
Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Phone: (813) 257-3269
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
2002 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, B.A.
2004 University of Memphis, M.A.
2010 University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.
View CV (PDF)
Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
John Westmoreland's work focuses on embodiment and inequality, ranging across social and political philosophy from feminism to race to handedness. His historical work centers on the early modern period, especially Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
In gender, Westmoreland has published on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in university institutions. He has works in progress on connections between handedness and patriarchy as well as on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s sexism. In race, he has argued that false black-white binary thinking obscured racial features of the Trayvon Martin killing. He also has two papers on the history of the race concept in Descartes and Rousseau currently under review.
Rousseau is his central historical figure. He focuses on the value of embodiment in Rousseau’s moral and political philosophy and publish in places like the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and Epoche. He has also co-edited a volume on Rousseau and language with Brill.
Westmoreland also studies handedness: the phenomenon of being left-handed, right-handed, etc. In his article, Laterality, he argues that the concept of handedness is right hand biased and significantly impacts almost all laterality research. His Southwest Philosophy Review paper responds to this problem, arguing that there is an overall norm to “act like a right-hander,” not necessarily by using the right hand, but by inhabiting space as a right-hander.
- Humanities Speaker/Workshop Grant, Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere, University of Florida, 2017
- Anderson Scholar Award Faculty Honoree (awarded for mentoring an undergraduate Anderson Scholar Award winner), University of Florida, 2016
- Anderson Scholar Award Faculty Honoree, University of Florida, 2015
- Faculty Teacher of the Year Award Winner, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, 2015
- Rothman Summer Fellowship, “Giving Philosophy a Hand: Left and Right in Swordplay, Chimps, and Brains,” Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere, University of Florida, 2015
- Faculty Teaching Award Nominee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF, 2014
- Online Course Development Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF, 2012