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Eric Fleming, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • PhD, Temple University, 2013
  • MA, Temple University, 2008
  • BA, Grand Valley State University, 2004


I graduated with a PhD in philosophy from Temple University in 2013. My dissertation focused on the topic of creativity. More specifically, in my dissertation I argue against the predominant way of understanding creativity in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, which takes the human individual to be the locus of creative activity and which understands the creative process to be a strictly mental phenomenon. I argue instead that it is necessary to develop an understanding of creativity that emphasizes the distributed and situated nature of the creative process. To this end, I drew upon literature and research from a wide variety of fields, including cognitive science, feminist epistemology, disability studies, and STS, with a particular focus on actor-network theory. Currently I am working on extending and refining my dissertation work on creativity. I am also beginning to develop a new project that will address some key questions in the area of disability studies with resources drawn from the fields of STS and philosophy of technology. In addition to epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and technology, and disability studies, my other research interests include philosophy of art, continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, critical theory, literature, and science fiction.