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
PHI-108 (Great Philosophers), PHI-201 (Ancient Philosophy), and PHI-235 (Existentialism)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|CUR-120||Individual and Morality||26||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||12||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||10||2016/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/FA, and 1999/SP|
|PHI-235||Existentialism||9||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-241||Philosophy of Art||1||2013/SP|
|PHI-234||Contemporary Analytic Philosophy||1||2011/FA|
|IDS-245||India Religion, Culture, and Society||1||2007/FA|
|IDS-243||Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood||1||2007/FA|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.