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.
Philip Francis grew up on a boat yard in Georgetown Maine. He learned to philosophize in that salty mix of lobstermen pragmatists and back to the lander idealists. After painting the bottom of many a boat, he took his questions on the road: to liberation theology base camps in Nicaragua, ashrams in India and monasteries in Greece. He settled down at Harvard Divinity School where he completed his doctoral work in religion and aesthetics. Before coming to UMF, he taught at Carleton College and Manhattan College. In 2016, he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. In March 2017, his book, When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical Mind, was published by Oxford University Press. At UMF, he will teach a range of course in religious studies, as well as boat building 101.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.