My academic work bridges the fields of philosophy and religion. My current research is at the intersection of autonomy and paternalism, and I am working on a project in which I outline the extent to which individuals in liberal democracies may appropriately have their liberty limited. I have also lately been working on philosophical and religious themes in the writings and life of David Foster Wallace. In the recent past, I have explored the ways in which some philosophers have appropriated the idea of "revelation." I examine the ways in which it differs from reason and draw out the implications for ethical theory and epistemology. This was the subject of my dissertation (graduated in 2012) and first book (available HERE). 

Although I have published articles, reviews, and given presentations in philosophy and religion (see my CV), another is equally important to me: education. More than a researcher, I consider myself a teacher, and this is reflected in my own academic background. My undergraduate major was education, and my first M.A. was a practical service-oriented degree; therefore, I consider it a calling to serve others through education. 

I was not always interested in academics, but I became so after two periods in my life. First, as an undergraduate student at Taylor I took a class in religion that exposed me to different ideas than the ones I brought with me to college. Second, I worked as a Student Life professional Malone University and observed the undergraduate college experience from the perspectives of (a) the students, (b) the administration, and (c) the faculty. It was in this position that I disovered that I'd love to work in the college atmosphere as my lifelong vocation. Needless to say, more schooling was imperative for this to be a reality, so I went to Yale and Claremont, and the rest is history. 

If interested, please feel free to peruse my Philosophy of Higher Education below. I welcome any comments, questions, or suggestions you might have for the courses I teach, this website, and/or my own academic work. 

Michael McGowan,
Feb 16, 2014, 9:43 PM