Joe Balay

Department of Philosophy and Religion

Joey Balay

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 259F
(757) 594-7171


  • Ph D in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in Philosophy, Seattle University
  • MA in English, California State University, Northridge
  • BA in English, Pepperdine University


Phil 317: Existentialism; PHIL 386: Values and PostModernity; PHIL 215 Philosophy and Literature; PHIL 376: Environmental Ethics; PHIL 207: Ethical Issues in Business; Phil 312: American Philosophy; PHIL 451: Great Philosophers (Martin Heidegger)


19th/20th Century Continental Philosophy (Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Modernism); Environmental Philosophy; Philosophy of Art, Film, and Literature; Applied Ethics


Dr. Balay joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in 2015. His research interests concern the interdisciplinary intersections of Continental Philosophy (esp. Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jean-Paul Sartre), Aesthetics, and Environmental Philosophy. He co-leads the CNU Summer Study Abroad Program: Environmental Encounters in Iceland, and he is the coordinator of the campus Philosophy and Film series. Outside of class, he enjoys hiking, birdwatching, and racquetball.

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