Dr. Jim Spiegel
Professor of Philosophy & ReligionOffice Location: Ayres 103
Phone: (765) 998-5278
Specialties: Ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, apologetics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, popular culture
PhD, Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1993
Dissertation: "The Apologetics of George Berkeley"
MA, Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, 1988
Thesis: "The Complex Nature of Evaluative Terms in Some of Their Uses"
BS, Biology, Belhaven College, 1985
Why I love teaching at Taylor:
I love teaching at Taylor for many reasons, but especially because: (1) my students and colleagues are a joy to be around, (2) our faculty are encouraged to teach and do scholarly research from a Christian perspective and (3) the university effectively balances student learning and residence life.
As for faith and learning “integration,” I actually don’t like that term as much as the idea of simply doing teaching and scholarship Christianly, the key idea being that one’s theological commitments and disciplinary work should never be separate such that they would ever need to be integrated or brought together. A Christian faith perspective has implications for every discipline, and this is especially true of Philosophy.
I try to read broadly, both fiction and non-fiction. My favorite writers are Montaigne, Dostoevski, Flannery O’Connor, and John Updike. I am also a fan of film and rock music, and these interests have resulted in several publications, including a volume I edited entitled Faith, Film, and Philosophy, as well as some contributions to the Open Court volumes Bob Dylan and Philosophy and The Beatles and Philosophy. My wife and I blog on assorted issues related to books, film, music, and popular culture at “Wisdom and Folly”.