Steve Naragon

Professor of Philosophy
Dept. of Religion and Philosophy
Manchester University

Phone: 260.982.5041





Lunch in Marburg, Germany

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”  — Aristotle

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  — Mark Twain

“Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.”  — Will Durant

“Only the educated are free.”  — Epictetus

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  — William Butler Yeats

“Non scholae, sed vitae discimus.” [We learn not for school, but for life.]  — Seneca

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”  — H. G. Wells

“The college was not founded to give society what it wants.  Quite the contrary.”  — May Sarton

“Genuine education is not a commodity, it is the awakening of a human being.”  — Hunter Rawlings

“What makes something part of the liberal arts? Whatever helps to make one free.”  — Elof Carlson

Office and Hours: Academic Center 233, hours by appointment or as posted on my weekly schedule for Spring 2020.

Courses offered for ... [see previous semesters]

January 2020

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201) 3 hrs. — MTWRF, 10:00-11:15 AM, 1:00-2:15 PM.  Classroom: ACEN 243 [web syllabus]

Spring 2020

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201-A) 3 hrs. — TR, 9:30-10:45 AM.  Classroom: ACEN 238 [web syllabus]

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201-B) 3 hrs. — TR, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM.  Classroom: ACEN 238 [web syllabus]

17th & 18th Century Philosophy (PHIL 318) 3 hrs. — MWF, 9:00-9:50 AM.  Classroom: ACEN 356 [web syllabus]

Environmental Philosophy (INTD 425) 3 hrs. — TR, 12:30-1:45 PM.  Classroom: ACEN 238 [web syllabus]

Retirement – May 2020

After 29 years of teaching and service at Manchester College (now: Manchester University), I have run out of chalk.


News Flash: Philosophy Bakes No Bread!

• Walter Benjamin on Klee’s Angel

• Vincent Van Gogh on “Being Good”

• Jean-Jacques Rousseau on “Happiness”

• The (old) MC Mission Statement

Manchester University AAUP

• The value of studying philosophy [FAQ]

• John Henry Newman on the value of a liberal education (1852).

• Martha Nussbaum on the value of the humanities (2010).

• Some thoughts on the nature of the Humanities

Race and Politics: Read and hear Barack Obama’s “More Perfect Union” speech in Philadelphia (March 18, 2008)

• In Conversation with Justin Lasser on Kant (28 June 2021)

(And yes, I’ve mentioned to Justin that this is not a painting of Kant – it’s actually of one of Kant’s contemporaries, F. H. Jacobi (1743-1819). For proper images of Kant, see Kant’s Body in Images.)

• Five Good Questions Worth Asking
(in case you haven't already come across this)

• Five Reasons to Major in Philosophy