Department of Philosophy and Religion


Cohen, Jonathan
Professor of Philosophy
Phone: 207.778.7430
Degrees
1991 PhD University of Pennsylvania; 1988 MA The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; 1984 MA The Johns Hopkins University; 1980 AB Harvard University
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Ethics & Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, especially Nietzsche and Ancient Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Music

Dr. Cohen has published articles on a wide variety of topics, including "Nietzsche's Musical Construction of Time," "Philosophy is Education is Politics: A Reading of the Dramatic Interlude in the Protagoras," "Some Jewish Reflections on Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration," "Nietzsche's Fling with Positivism," "What's Bad About Death Is What's Good About Life," "The Roots of Perspectivism," "Fasting, Breakfast, and the Relationship Between Body and Soul," "No Sour Grapes for Nietzsche," and "Born to Affirm the Eternal Recurrence: Nietzsche, Buber, and Springsteen."   His book, Science, Culture, and Free Spirits: A Study of Nietzsche's Human, All-Too-Human, was published in 2010 by Humanity Books.  He is currently working on a philosophical travel memoir tentatively entitled In Nietzsche's Footsteps.  His hobbies include biking, sailing, cross-country skiing, Torah reading, and rooting for Philadelphia sports teams.

Miller, George
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Advising Program Development
Phone: 207.778.7337
Degrees
1994 PhD Temple University; 1985 BGS University of Maine at Farmington
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science

George Miller worked for a number of years in New York doing children's theatre and experimental theatre before returning to school and becoming an academic philosopher. He is currently teaching courses on environmental philosophy, philosophy of language, and the meaning of life. He is also writing an article about how we experience time, and a book about the meaning of life. His classes are discussion based, and he makes students revise their essays many, many times. (He is convinced that they understand things better at the end of this process.) You can find an essay of his on the internet, about Ralph Waldo Emerson, by googling "Emerson's optimism Miller".