Frances Maughan-Brown

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Philosophy Department

Lecturer, Philosophy
Ph.D., Boston College

Fields: Aesthetics, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Kierkegaard, Feminism

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Office Phone: 508-793-3453  Office: Smith 519


Frances Maughan-Brown received her doctorate from Boston College. Her first book, The Lily's Tongue: Figure and Authority in Kierkegaard's Lily Discourses, was published with SUNY Press in 2019. She is currently working on the concept of "pattern" as the paradox of an originality at once inventive and responsive. 
Frances was born in South Africa and completed her Bachelors and Honors degrees in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. The crisis of political voice that all South Africans confronted as the country emerged from Apartheid continues to inform her research and teaching. 
Frances teaches a Montserrat seminar in the Africana Studies Concentration and the Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration called "Freedom of Speech," in which thinkers in the classical philosophical tradition, such as Plato and Mill, are examined side by side with African and African American theorists of Black Consciousness. Other recent classes in Philosophy include Aesthetics and Existentialism.