Dr. Jacob Goodson

 
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About Me

 

Dr. Jacob L. Goodson is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern College. He spends most of his time teaching courses fulfilling General Education requirements:

  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy 

  • PHIL 120: Ethics and Society 

  • PHIL 221: History of Philosophy

  • PHIL 227: Logic

He also teaches upper-level courses on Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, Religious Ethics, Sports Ethics, and Warfare and Ethics. On college and university campuses, he has given lectures concerning animal ethics, sexual ethics, theological hermeneutics, theories of friendship, and virtue theory.

He offers seminars in Lutheran congregations on Islam, Judaism, and special topics within Lutheranism. He spends some of his time practicing Scriptural Reasoning - which brings together Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars for the purpose of reading and studying traditionally sacred texts.

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EDUCATION
2010

PhD, Philosophical Theology

(Philosophical Studies)

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

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2009

Master of Arts, Religious Studies

(Theology, Ethics, Culture)

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

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2004
Master of Theological Studies
(Theology & Ethics)

GARRET EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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2002
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
(Major: Philosophy | Minor: Religion)

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERISTY

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EMPLOYMENT & PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I have the honor of advising, mentoring, and teaching students in the Philosophy & Religion program. As our website says: The Philosophy and Religion major offers a unique dual focus of gaining practical skills essential for every profession, such as effectively reading texts, making logical arguments, and writing well, and exploring deep questions of meaning that face every person, questions such as, why am I here? What do I believe in? What are my values? These practical and existential questions are explored in a context that is both academically challenging and safe and nurturing (read more here)

2013-Present

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

2009-2013

Visiting Assistant Professor  or Religious Ethics

College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

In my four years teaching at the College of William & Mary, I rotated an offering of six different courses: "Biomedical Ethics," "Ecology and Ethics," "Peace and Violence in Jewish Philosophy," "Religion and Ethics," "Sports and Ethics," and "Warfare and Ethics." I mentored numerous students -- some of whom have since completed graduate degrees at Colorado St. University, Duke Divinity School, and Washington & Lee Law School. I directed one Honor's Thesis: Catherine Robey's "Madness, Reason, and Truth." Because of multiple conversations with my department chair at the time, John Morreall, I developed a scholarly interest in the philosophy of humor.

EXPERTISE & SUGGESTED LECTURE TOPICS
VARIETIES OF FRIENDSHIP

Aristotelianism and the Question of Vulnerability in Philosophy and Literature.  Aristotle's description of the three forms of friendship - utility, pleasure, and friendships based on virute - has been revitalized in two recent account friendship: Martha Nussbaum's and Stanley Hawerwas's...

INTRO TO SCRIPTURAL REASONING THROUGH PHILOSOPHY

The practice of Scriptural Reasoning (SR) came out of a course at Drew University called “Plato and the Prophets,” but Plato’s philosophy has never aided scriptural reasoners in articulating the nature and purpose of SR. Does this mean that SR is an ant-philosophical practice?

FRIENDSHIP AFTER FREUD

Reflections on the Death of a Friend and the End of a Friendship: I argue that one of the significant features of Sigmund Freud’s “Mourning and Melancholia,” one hundred years after its publication, is that it provides us with a philosophical framework for making sense of and thinking through two types of loss...

THE CONDITIONS & CHARACTER OF RACISM & WHITE SUPREMACY:

Understanding Race through the Categories of Power, Sin, & Tragedy

Given the political climate of 2017, it has become a scholarly responsibility for philosophers to provide clarity and reflection on the character and conditions of racism and white supremacy...

HORNY HANDS AND DIRTY SKIN

On the Virtues of Courage, Humility, Patience, and Tolerance: The American philosopher William James (1842 - 1910) offers a strong defense of tolerance as a virtue. James even admits that tolerance is a difficult and messy virtue: tolerance is a virtue that callouses the hands (“horny hands”) and dirties the skin...

A THEO-POLITICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE 95 THESES:

Philosophical Reflections On The Quincentenary.

The year 2017 marks the Quincentenary Anniversary of The 95 Theses. While there have been several theological commentaries and explanations of Luther’s Theses...

 
 
PUBLICATIONS

He is the author of Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence (Lexington Books, 2015). He has co-edited three books: Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher, with Brad Elliott Stone, (Cascade Press, 2012); The Universe Is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy, Mad Men, with Ann W. Duncan, (Cascade Press, 2016); and Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher, with Brad Elliott Stone (Lexington Books, 2017). He has published chapters in several books: Sport and Christianity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, (Routledge, 2012); Corners in the City of God: Philosophy, Theology, and The Wire, (Cascade Press, 2013); Groundless Gods: The Theological Prospects of Postmetaphysical Philosophy, (Pickwick Publications, 2014); Feminist Interpretations of William James, (Penn St. University Press, 2016); and The Oxford Handbook on Secularism (Oxford University Press, 2017). He also serves as the General Editor for The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.

The Universe is Indifferent:
Theology, Philosophy, and Mad Men
Rorty and the Religious:
Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher
Warcraft and the Fragility of Virtue:
An Essay in Aristotelian Ethics
Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence
 
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Dr. Jacob Goodson, Ph.D.

Professor & Guest Lecturer

Southwestern College

Winfield, Kansas

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