Douglas Huff


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Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Professor in Philosophy

For many years now (really more than I care to count), my primary philosophical interests have focused on a variety of problems in virtue ethics, philosophy of religion, and issues raised by Wittgenstein. A brief sample of some of my recent articles concerning these issues may illustrate this tendency, "The Role of Character in Moral Judgments", "Wittgenstein, Solipsism, and Religious Belief" and "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Life and Work."  Publications in 2008 include: "Wittgenstein and the Futility of Skeptical Doubt," and "Wittgenstein and Mysticism."

Recent presentations include an invited talk at Oxford University on my play, Emil's Enemies, which was also given a staged Reading, and presentation of my paper, "Wittgenstein and the Mystery of Consciousness," in Calcutta, India.

As seen above, I am a playwright as well as a philosopher and I have had a number of professional productions of my plays over the years. My new play, A FAR SHORE, won the 2010 Hidden River Arts Award in Philadelphia (awarded in 2011), and won the 2009 The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest, and was given a staged-reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York. In 2013, A FAR SHORE, was 1st Runner-Up for the Woodward International Playwriting Contest with a staged-reading at the University of New Hampshire.

Plays recently produced are Emil's Enemies, Santa Fe, NM (2010), Oxford, England (2006), New York, NY (2001), and Bangalore, India (2003); and Ophelia, Santa Fe, NM (2004). Other plays include, Hungry Ghosts, The Blind Venetian (Midwest Theatre Finalist Award), Jean Paul Savage and the Reichenbach Fall (winner of the Gilmore Creek National Playwriting Competition), Caravanserai, and Minerva, Minnesota, and The National Endowment. A new play, A FAR SHORE, will be produced at Columbia University, 2016.

I am also very interested in international education and have led study abroad trips to Greece, Turkey, and India. In 2007 I lead my third group for the Gustavus Adolphus College/Concordia College semester abroad program in India. I have also been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University (two years) and a Visiting Professor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer (two years).

I am currently working on four new projects; A play update the Faust legend, Reaching for the Wind, and an article, "The Crucible and Aristotelian Moral Authority," and two new comedies, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT, and WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, both of which will have staged-readingd at the St.Peter Arts Center, 2016.


Ph.D., M.A.,(Philosophy); University of MissouriDiploma, (Educational Management) Harvard UniversityB.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Areas of Expertise

Drama, Ethics, and Wittgenstein

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-120 Individual and Morality 28 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
PHI-201 Ancient Philosophy 13 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
PHI-108 Great Philosophers 11 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/FA, and 1999/SP
PHI-235 Existentialism 10 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/SP
PHI-240 Philosophy of Religion 8 2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-224 Playwriting 5 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2001/JN
PHI-370 Sem:Plato 4 2014/SP, 2011/FA, 2005/SP, and 2001/SP
PHI-399 Colloquium 3 2010/SP, 2006/FA, and 2002/FA
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 2 2004/FA and 2000/FA
PHI-371 Sem:Meaning of Life 1 2017/SP
PHI-241 Philosophy of Art 1 2013/SP
PHI-234 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy 1 2011/FA
IDS-247 Liberation Movements 1 2007/FA
IDS-246 Global Development 1 2007/FA
IDS-245 India Religion, Culture, and Society 1 2007/FA
IDS-243 Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood 1 2007/FA
PHI-268 Career Exploration 1 2005/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.