Cohen, Jonathan
Professor of Philosophy
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.


Furman, Cara
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
Degrees
2003 BA History, Haverford College; 2006 MA Elementary Education, Teachers College, Columbia; 2014 PhD Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia
Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Education:
Elementary Education:
Philosophy and Religion:

Having taught for many years in New York Public schools, Cara Furman brings a philosophical stance to concerns about practice. With an undergraduate degree in History, Dr. Furman is committed to the liberal arts – encouraging students to take an inquiry stance towards the world around them. She has published on inclusive classrooms, descriptive inquiry, supporting classroom teachers, practical wisdom in classrooms, the pedagogical value of narrative, and progressive education. Whether teaching methods courses such as ECH 336 or research classes such as ECH 450, Dr. Furman seeks to provide a balance of practical experiences and philosophical discussion. 


Miller, George
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Advising Program Development
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".


Freytag, Matthew
Part-TIme Faculty AY
Degrees
1993 PhD Duke University; 1978 MA St. John's College; 1974 BA Penn State
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Biomedical Ethics, Ethical Theory, Social and Political Philosophy

Matthew Freytag has written on contemporary ethical theory, ancient philosophy, social and political philosophy, American philosophy, moral psychology, biomedical ethics, and the relationship between personal identity and the notion of organic complexity. He’s taught at the University of Richmond, Humboldt State University, Sweet Briar College, Whitman College, the University of North Carolina Medical School, and Duke University, as a Mellon Fellow.
He’s worked as a driver in New York City, an oilfield roughneck  in Texas, New Mexico, California, Colorado, and Lousiana, a shake-splitter in Washington State, a deckhand on the Mississippi and the SAG canal in Chicago, a development miner in molybdenum and lead & zinc mines in Colorado, and a parent in North Carolina and Maine. He’s a member of the East Vassalboro Grange.


Houston, Matthew
Part-Time Faculty
Degrees
2013 MA Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook; 2012 BA Philosophy & Religion and Music Dual, University of Maine at Farmington
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Music, Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

McLaren, Kristin
Part-Time Faculty
Degrees
2005 PhD University of Ottawa; 2000 MA University of Ottawa; 1997 BA University College of Cape Breton
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Islam and the West, Religion in North America, World Religions

Kristin received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she studied the social, historical and religious implications of intercultural encounter in North America.  Kristin first became interested in studying inter-cultural and inter-religious issues while participating in a cultural exchange with Indonesia.  This led her to expand her research into the areas of Islamic nationalism and Muslim immigration to North America.  Her work has been published in the journals Social History, Studies in Religion, Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History, and the edited volume, The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings (Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2008). In the classroom, Kristin encourages student involvement in dialogue and discussion, and critical reflection upon representations of religion in popular culture.


Underkuffler, Frank
Part-Time Faculty
Degrees
1984 JD University of Minnesota Law School; 1978 BA Macalester College
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Science

After earning a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and before getting his law degree, Frank Underkuffler studied Philosophy at Oxford University. He is an active member of the North American Kant Society and  he has been at the University of Maine at Farmington for the past twenty-six years. Three years ago, he started the Philosophy Department's reading group by leading a year-long study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Composed of students and faculty, the group meets biweekly at the Honors Center for lively discussion of challenging philosophical works and pizza. In his other life Frank serves as legal counsel to Franklin County and nine municipalities, including the Town of Farmington.