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, 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’ve published several articles on Indian philosophy and a book on the German philosopher Hegel. I cook Indian cuisine, mostly Punjabi, as well as Italian, Sri Lankan, and Thai. I’ve been to India eight times. I led the Overseas Program to India twice. I’ve seen more than 300 Bollywood films. I once had five cats.

Academic Credentials

PhD 1991 Purdue University, BA 1977 Eastern Mennonite University


Fall 2023 Courses:

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy
MWF 12:40PM - 01:40PM

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

Prerequisites: None.


PHIL 303: 19th Century Philosophy
MWF 1:50PM - 2:50PM

German Idealism: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, as well as the reactions of philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche.

Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.


I graduated with a PhD in philosophy from Purdue University in 1991. My research interests are in German Idealism, Indian Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Mind. I have published numerous articles in a wide range of journals. My book on Hegel (Polity Press) was published in 2014. I’m writing a book on cosmopsychism.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall