Department faculty cover a wide range of fields in philosophy, including the history of philosophy (ancient, modern, and Twentieth Century Continental), Eastern philosophy and religion, ethics (including biomedical, environmental, education, and business ethics), philosophy of law, social and political philosophy (including Marxism and feminist philosophy), logic, aesthetics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science (natural and social), philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of religion. Faculty members have authored many journal articles and books, including one which received a “best first book” award. Research and teaching interests of most faculty are interdisciplinary, drawing upon anthropology, economics, literary studies, law, sociology, linguistics, and other fields. Two professors have received the prestigious Distinguished Maine Professor award, most recently in 2000, one received the Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, and others have been awarded for their teaching excellence. Faculty in philosophy are also very active in service to the university community and the wider public, as sponsors of student organizations, bringing nationally known speakers to campus, as faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees, on the Maine Humanities Council, participating in grand rounds at Eastern Maine Medical Center, on state-wide bioethics commissions, on committees of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, and in many other roles.