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Charles Don Keyes

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 319, Office Hours: ON LEAVE
Phone: 412.396.6505


Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University, 1968
Th.D., Philosophy of Religion, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1966
M.A., Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1966
B.D. & S.T.M., Theology, Seabury-Western, 1964
B.A., Letters, University of Oklahoma, 1958
Charles Don Keyes is a Professor of Philosophy. His philosophical roots are in Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and phenomenology. Dr. Keyes has done research in biomedical ethics and the brain/mind problem, focusing on the relation between neurobiological monism and ethics, aesthetics, and religious symbols. He is currently doing research in existential phenomenology and social philosophy.

Heidegger's Being and Time, Hegel's Logic and Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Ricoeur's Symbolism of Evil, Is God Illusion?: Nietzsche and Kierkegaard


Brain Mystery Light and Dark: The Rhythm and Harmony of Consciousness. London: Routledge, 1999.

New Harvest: Transplanting Body Parts and Reaping the Benefits, Principal Author and Editor (in collaboration with Walter Wiest). Clifton, NJ: Humana, 1991.

Foundations for an Ethic of Dignity: A Study in the Degradation of the Good. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 1989.


"Contemporary Leveling in the Spirit of Kierkegaard," co-authored with Richard A. S. Hall, Thinking About Religion, Vol. 12 (2016).

"The Immaculate Conception and Time: A Critical Epistemology of Faith," The Anglican 41.3 (2013): 18-23.

"Julian Casserley's Hope for 2050: A New Interpretation," The Anglican 40.4 (2011): 8-13.

"New Julian Casserley Research and Incarnational Social Thought," The Anglican 40.2 (2011):10-13.

"Doing Metaethics with Kant and Edwards," The Contribution of Jonathan Edwards to American Culture and Society: Essays on America's Spiritual Founding Father. Lewiston, NY: Mellen (2008), 243-56.

"The Integrity of Socrates' Arguments for Immortality in Plato's Phaedo" (with Katherine Weber), The Journal of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies (June 2007), 42-50.

"A Monistic Critique of Susan Blackmore's Dying Brain Hypothesis about Near-Death Experience," The Journal of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies (October 2006),Vol. 29, No. 4, 211-18.

"Does Cosmic Consciousness Have a Physical Substrate?- Proceedings of the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, 26th Annual Conference (June 2001), 28-37.

"Medical Ethical Meditation on Brain Mystery Light and Dark: The Rhythm and Harmony of Consciousness," Sensibilities, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2001), 8-9.

"Paul D. MacLean's Triune Brain Hypothesis: Which Platonic Metaphor Fits and Which Does Not?," Proceedings of the Institute for Liberal Studies. Science and Culture, Fall, Vol. 8 (1997), 18-21.

"Crisis of Brain and Self," Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science, Vol. 31, No. 4 (1996), 583-95.

"Ethical Judgment and Brain Function: An Interpretation of Paul D. MacLean's Hypothesis", Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, Vol. 15, No. 4 (1992), 387-398.

"Julian Casserley's Hope," Introduction to Julian Casserley, Evil and Evolutionary Eschatology: Two Essays by Julian Casserley. Lewiston , NY: Mellen (1990), vi-xxv.

"Casserley's Theodicy in Relation to His Eschatology," St. Luke's Journal of Theology, Vol. 33, No. 1 (1989), 37-48.

"Casserley's Critique of Power," St. Luke's Journal of Theology, Vol. 32, No. 1 (1988), 7-20.

"Hope and Despair in the 1980s: Value Destruction and the Restoration of Hope," Desert Call, Vol. 23, No. 3 (1988), 10-13.

"Human Transcendence: Clue to Julian Casserley's Hope for the Twenty-first Century," St. Luke's Journal of Theology, Vol. 27, No. 2 (1984), 101-112.

"An Evaluation of Levinas' Critique of Heidegger," Research in Phenomenology, Vol. II (1972), 121-42.

"Art and Temporality," Research in Phenomenology, Vol. I (1971), 63-73.

"Truth as Art," in J. Sallis, Editor, Heidegger and the Path of Thinking. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, (1970), 65-84.