- Department: Philosophy & Religion
- Office: Keith 342
- Mailing Address: Keith 323
- Email: Matthew.Pianalto@eku.edu
- Phone: 622-2979
- Web Page: Academia.edu Page
I was born and raised in Tontitown, Arkansas. I earned three degrees from the University of Arkansas: B.A. English (Creative Writing Emphasis), magna cum laude, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy. I finally left my home state to teach for a year as a Temporary Visiting Assistant Professor at Truman State University (in Missouri), and came from there to EKU in August 2009.
I teach a variety of courses in philosophy and in the Honors Program, as well as for the Animal Studies major (Animal Ethics) and the Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship minor (Environmental Ethics).
I have published articles on many topics in ethics, including papers patience, courage, integrity, and tolerance, on animal and environmental ethics, and on the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Nietzsche. My first book, On Patience, was published by Lexington Books in 2016, and is now available in paperback, too.
I am currently finishing a book chapter about Cora Diamond, Wittgenstein, and animal ethics and another book chapter on morality and personal conviction, each of these for different edited collections. I am also reading and writing about the myth of Sisyphus as it relates to ideas about purpose and meaning in life. I will be spending a sabbatical period during 2021-2022 working on a book manuscript on this topic.