Sally Ferguson


Dr. Sally Ferguson, associate professor of philosophy, teaches history of modern philosophy, philosophy of biology and introductory courses in philosophy.

Ferguson’s research interests are an interplay between historical and contemporary issues. During the past 20 years, her research has focused on early modern philosophy, philosophy of biology, in particular, applying evolutionary theory to human behavior. She has written two oft-cited papers. The first, “What Makes Locke's Simple Ideas Adequate? A Response to Bermudez?,” published in The Locke Newsletter, an international journal focusing on John Locke, delves into Locke's philosophy of mind. The second, “Methodology in Evolutionary Psychology,” published in Biology and Philosophy, and republished in The International Library of Evolutionary Thought: Evolutionary Psychology, evaluates two research strategies often used by evolutionary psychologists.

Ferguson, who was chair of philosophy at UWF from 2004 to 2009, is on the editorial board of the Academic Journal, Florida Philosophical Review, the journal for the Florida Philosophical Association, an organization for which she served as secretary/treasurer for 12 years. Ferguson has also served on the council for the Florida Center for Philosophy for Children, and is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy of Science Association. Ferguson also regularly offers talks to the community through UWF's Leisure Learning, which provides stimulating programs for adults 55 and older who are interested in joining a spirited community of intellectual contemporaries.

In recognition of her commitment to teaching, she has received the Teacher Incentive Program Award (2006) and was a finalist for the Student Government Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2002 and 2006).

Degrees & Institutions:

She received a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Keywords: John Locke, philosophy of mind, evolutionary psychology, philosophy of biology