Douglas Huff


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.

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 two new projects; A play update the Faust legend, Reaching for the Wind, and an article, "The Crucible and Aristotelian Moral Authority."


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


PHI-201 (Ancient Philosophy), PHI-235 (Existentialism), and PHI-240 (Philosophy of Religion)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-120Individual and Morality242014/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-201Ancient Philosophy112012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
PHI-108Great Philosophers92012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/FA, and 1999/SP
PHI-235Existentialism82011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/SP
PHI-240Philosophy of Religion72012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-224Playwriting52007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2001/JN
PHI-370Sem:Plato42014/SP, 2011/FA, 2005/SP, and 2001/SP
PHI-399Colloquium32010/SP, 2006/FA, and 2002/FA
FTS-100First Term Seminar22004/FA and 2000/FA
PHI-241Philosophy of Art12013/SP
PHI-234Contemporary Analytic Philosophy12011/FA
IDS-245India Religion, Culture, and Society12007/FA
IDS-246Global Development12007/FA
IDS-243Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood12007/FA
IDS-247Liberation Movements12007/FA
PHI-268Career Exploration12005/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.