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Candice Shelby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Email: Candice Shelby
Office Location: PL M108-E
Phone: (303) 556-3223
Fax: (303) 556-8100
Office hours: T, TH 10:00-11:30 a.m., by appointment and by email
Areas of Expertise:
Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of Modern Philosophy

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Rice University, 1991

M.A., Philosophy, Rice University, 1988

B.A., Humanities, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1984


Candice Shelby received her B.A. from the University of Houston in 1984, and her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rice University, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. She is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy. In 1998 she was honored with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching award at UCD, and was presented in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Prof. Shelby has historically published primarily in the areas of 17th century epistemology and metaphysics, specializing in the work of G. W. Leibniz, but has made a shift in the past few years into the philosophy mind, particularly with respect to analysis of addiction. Prof. Shelby is also involved in community outreach activities, employing the insights and skills of philosophy for practical purposes. For instance, she developed and implemented a grant-funded ethics program for students, faculty, and administrators at Laredo Middle School, and regularly gives public lectures and seminars on ethics in the professions, as well as on the analysis and treatment of addiction, from a philosophical point of view.

Select Publications

2007 Shelby, Candice. "Can We Talk? Leibniz and Spinoza on Ethics and Religion."
International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 221-226.

2006 Shelby, Candice. "The Addicted Mind." Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. XXVII, No. 1 & 2, pp. 76-84.

2003 Shelby, Candice. "Care Ethics in Education." The Educational Forum, Vol. 67, No. 4,
pp. 337-343.

2002 Shelby, Candice. "A Comment on Wes DeMarco’s 'How Can Descartes Derive Knowledge of His Body from Reflection on Himself?'” Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 33-37.

2001 Shelby, Candice. "Leibniz’s Wise Charity and Pluralistic Justice. Knowledge Power Gender: Philosophy and the Future of the 'Condition Feminine'” Chronos 2002, pp. 246-253.

2000 Goad, Candice. "Leibniz’s Early views on Matter, Modes, and God." Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol. XXV, pp. 261-273.

1997 Goad, Candice and Susanna Goodin. "Monadic Hierarchies and the Great Chain of Being." Studia Leibnitiana, Band XXIX/2, pp. 229-245.

1993 Goad, Candice. "Leibniz and Descartes on Innateness." Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 77-89.

1992 Goad, Candice. "Leibniz on Innate Knowledge of Moral Truth." Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 109-117.

Courses Taught

PHIL 2441: Logic and Language 
PHIL 3032: 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
PHIL 3350: Metaphysics
PHIL 3360: Epistemology
PHIL 4700: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 4735: Rationalism