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Dr. Jerome Miller, Professor Emeritus

Retired at the end of the Spring 2008 semester

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Dr. Jerome Miller

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Teaching in a small department is wonderful because it allows me to teach an array of courses that are reflective of my wide-ranging intellectual interests. (It’s depressing to realize I will die before being able to read all the books on my lists!) My approach to philosophy is "existential" which means that I try to emphasize the relevance of philosophical questioning to our personal lives and ask students to rigorously examine the meaning of their experiences. I’m especially interested in the issues that arise in the philosophy of religion (such as the existence of the God and the nature of spirituality) and in theory of knowledge ("What is truth and is it possible for us to access it?"). In addition to my courses in these areas, I teach a seminar course entirely devoted to discussion of Plato’s Republic, and a course in African American Philosophy that begins with Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and goes on to explore texts by Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King and Ralph Ellison. I write on a regular basis both for professional journals and for a wider "non-academic" audience. I've published two books: The Way of Suffering: A Geography of Crisis and In the Throe of Wonder: Intimations of the Sacred in a Post-modern World. I am currently working on a book about what it means to be historical, the provisional title of which is In the Throe of the Future: History, Culture and Normative Order.

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