J.M. Fritzman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

John R. Howard Hall 223, MSC: 45

“Philosophy is always one generation from dying. Students allow philosophy to continue. For that, we teachers of philosophy owe them an unrepayable and immeasurable debt of gratitude. Studying philosophy is never easy. It is, however, usually pleasant. Teaching philosophy is always a joy.”

I graduated with a PhD in philosophy from Purdue University in 1991. I have research interests in 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Indian Philosophy. I have published articles such journals as in 1650-1850American Philosophical Quarterly,Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great BritainClio,Continental Philosophy ReviewEducational TheoryIdealistic StudiesInternational Philosophical QuarterlyInternational Studies in Philosophy, Janus Head, The Journal of Speculative PhilosophyPhilosophiaPhilosophical ForumPhilosophical FrontiersPhilosophy in the Contemporary WorldPraxis InternationalThe Pluralist, and Rhetorica.

During my copious free time, when I’m not busy neglecting my duties, I enjoy watching Bollywood movies, cooking Indian food, going to bhangra dances, and worshiping murtis.

Academic Credentials

PhD 1991 Purdue University, BA 1977 Eastern Mennonite University

Teaching

Spring 2021 Courses:

PHIL 201: Philosophy of Religion
MWF 9:10-10:10am

Issues in classical and contemporary philosophical examinations of religion such as arguments for the existence of God, religious experience, religious faith, the problem of evil.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 307: Recent Continental Philosophy
MWF 11:40-12:40pm

Key movements such as psychoanalysis, phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism, structuralism, Marxism, poststructuralism and deconstruction, critical theory.

Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

Research

I have research interests in 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Indian Philosophy. I have published articles such journals as in 1650-1850American Philosophical Quarterly,Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great BritainClio,Continental Philosophy ReviewEducational TheoryIdealistic StudiesInternational Philosophical QuarterlyInternational Studies in Philosophy, Janus Head, The Journal of Speculative PhilosophyPhilosophiaPhilosophical ForumPhilosophical FrontiersPhilosophy in the Contemporary WorldPraxis InternationalThe Pluralist, and Rhetorica.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall