Ruth Tallman, PhD

Ruth Tallman, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Dr. Ruth Tallman joined the Barry faculty in 2010. She earned a BA degree in philosophy from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, an MA in religious studies from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, and an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Dr. Tallman’s philosophical interests include ethics, in particular bioethics and the ethics of everyday life, as well as philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and philosophical issues in popular culture.

She is the faculty advisor for Barry University’s Philosophy Club, as well as a co-coach of Barry’s Ethics Bowl team.


“When Words Unintentionally Wound: A Duty to Self-Censor,” in Think, volume 13, issue 38, September 2014, pp. 73-84.

“Endangered Species: Exploring Enhancement, Genetic Engineering, and Personhood Through the World of Sweet Tooth,” in Sci Phi Journal, volume 1, issue 1, October 2014.

“Valuing Lives and Allocating Resources: A Defense of the Modified Youngest First Principle of Scarce Resource Distribution,” in Bioethics, vol. 28, issue 5, June 2014, pp. 207-213.

“Can The Man of Tomorrow Be the Journalist of Today?,” with Jason Southworth in Superman and Philosophy, Mark White, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2013.

“The Heart‘s Desire: Sex in The Walking Dead,” with Jason Southworth in The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Christopher Robichaud, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2012.

“The Avengers: Earth‘s Mightiest Family” with Jason Southworth in The Avengers and Philosophy, Mark White, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2012.

“Is The Examined Life a Huge Mistake?” with Jason Southworth, in Arrested Development and Philosophy, J. Jeremy Wisnweski, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2011.

“The Rolling Stones Can't Get No Satisfaction…But Epicurus Can,” in The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just A Thought Away, Luke Dick and George Reisch, eds. Open Court Publishing Company, 2011.

“A Study in Friendship,” in Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy, Joseph Steiff, ed. Open Court Publishing Company. 2011.

“Was It All a Dream? Why Nolan’s Answer Doesn’t Matter,” in Inception and Philosophy: Because It’s Never Just a Dream, David Kyle Johnson and William Irwin, eds. Wiley Publishing, 2011.

“The Oaths of Soranik Natu: Can a Doctor Be a Green Lantern?” with Jason Southworth, in Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book, Jane Dryden and Mark White, eds. Wiley Publishing, 2011.

“Holly Jolly Atheists:  A Naturalistic Justification for Christmas,” in Christmas - Philosophy For Everyone: Better Than a Lump of Coal, Scott Lowe, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2010.

"The Ontology of Art and What Libraries Should Buy," with Jason Southworth, in Graphic Novels in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History, and Cataloging. Robert G. Weiner, ed., McFarland, 2010.

Heroes and Family Obligations” with Jason Southworth, in Heroes and Philosophy, David Kyle Johnson, ed. Wiley Publishing, 2009.


“A Debate Between a Theist and a Santa Clausist: Act II,” with David Kyle Johnson, 7th Annual Lighthearted Philosopher’s Society Conference, Treasure Island, FL, October 10-11, 2013.

“Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,” with Paula Delpech, Western Michigan University Medicine in the Humanities Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, September 26-27, 2013.

“When Words Unintentionally Wound,’ South Carolina Society for Philosophy Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, March 8-9, 2013.

“A Debate Between a Theist and a Santa Clausist,” with David Kyle Johnson, 6th Annual Lighthearted Philosopher‘s Society Conference, Treasure Island, FL, October 12-13, 2012.

“Keeping Up Appearances: Moral Exemplarism and the Importance of Looking Good,” Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Center for Values and Social Policy, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 4-7, 2011.

“What Is Human Perfection?,” Exploring Human Enhancement: A Symposium, Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas, TX, April 8-9, 2011.

“Valuing Lives and Allocating Resources: A Defense of the Modified Youngest First Principle of Scarce Resource Distribution,” Valuing Lives: A Conference on Ethics in Health and the Environment, New York University Center for Bioethics, New York City, March 5, 2011.

“A Comedy is a Tragedy is an Allegory: A Contextualist Account of Artwork Meaning,” Kentucky Philosophical Association Fall 2010 Meeting, Crestview Hills, KY, November 20, 2011.

“Go F*** Yourself: The Aesthetic Evaluation of Offensive Humor,” with Landon Schurtz, Society of Lighthearted Philosophers Conference, Tampa, FL, October 15-16, 2010.

"Trades, Floppies, Graphic Novels and the Ontology of Art," with Jason Southworth at the Comic Book in Popular Culture Conference, Bowling Green State University, October 24-25, 2008.

"Retaining Meaning in Art on a Physical Object Hypothesis Account of the Ontology of Artworks," at the University of Missouri-St. Louis 2008 Graduate Philosophy Conference: The Beautiful, the Good, and the Just, April 11-12, 2008.