Melanie Tate

Melanie Tate

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Professor Tate’s research focuses on René Descartes' theory of the passions, and she also has research interests in Baruch Spinoza, Princess Elisabeth, and Anne Conway.

She teaches courses in ethics, history of philosophy, and medical ethics.


  • Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • History of Modern Philosophy

Research Areas

  • History of Modern Philosophy


  • University of Washington, PhD in Philosophy, 2020
  • University of Washington, MA in Philosophy, 2016
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs, BA in Philosophy, 2014

Selected Publications

  • “Descartes’ Account of Inner Excitations.” History of Philosophy Quarterly. Vol. 35. Issue 4. October 2018. pp. 299-316.

  • “Descartes on Hatred.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 55. Issue 3. September 2017. pp. 336-349.