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J.M. Fritzman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

J.R. Howard Hall

“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.

Teaching

Spring 2020 Courses: 

PHIL 203: Philosophy of Art and Beauty
MWF 10:20-11:20

Theorizing about art. Puzzles in art that suggest
the need to theorize; traditional discussions of
art in Plato and Aristotle and critiques of them
(Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Collingwood); critical
perspectives on these discussions (Danto).
Specific discussions of individual arts:
literature, drama, film, music, dance, the plastic
arts.

Prerequisites: None

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy 
MWF 9:10-10:10

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 1:50-2:50

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. 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.

Academic Credentials

PhD 1991 Purdue University, BA 1977 Eastern Mennonite University

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J.M. Fritzman’s office is located in room 223 of John R. Howard Hall.

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voice 503-768-7477

J.M. Fritzman Associate Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 45 Portland OR 97219 USA