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

Fall 2021 Courses:

PHIL 102: Introduction to Philosophy
MWF 9:10-10:10am

Introduction to problems and fields of philosophy through the study of major philosophers’ works and other philosophical texts. Specific content varies with instructor.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy
MWF 10:20-11:20am

Survey of India’s classical philosophies as well as introductions to the Vedas, the Upanishads, Carvaka, Jainism, Buddhism, and recent Indian philosophers.

Prerequisites: None.

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