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 for life, not for school.]  — 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 2018.

Courses offered for ... [see previous semesters]

January 2018

Bioethics [PHIL 235A] MTWRF 9:00-10:15 AM & 1:00-2:15 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 364 [syllabus] [course website]

Spring 2018

Introduction to Philosophy [PHIL 201A] TR 9:30-10:45 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 149 [syllabus] [course website]

17th and 18th Century Western Philosophy [PHIL 318A] MWF 2:00-2:50 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 354 [syllabus] [course website]

Environmental Philosophy [INTD 425A] TR 12:00-1:45 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 238 [syllabus] [course website]

Fall 2018

Research Leave in Germany (funded by the DAAD) [research website]

January 2019

The Making of the Modern Mind (IDIV 240; 3GC - Global Connections) 3 hrs. — off-campus.  The course will be team-taught with Dr. Greg Clark (physics). The classoom will be London and Paris. See the course website for additional details.

Spring 2019

Research Leave in Germany (funded by the BBAW) [research website]


News Flash: Philosophy Bakes No Bread!

Haiku Error Messages

• Walter Benjamin on Klee’s Angel

• Vincent Van Gogh on “Being Good”

• Jean-Jacques Rousseau on “Happiness”

Putting my foot down... When enough is enough, and a line just really needs to be drawn in the sand. First line: No more misuse of that fine phrase “Begging the Question”

• The (old) MC Mission Statement

• Discover the Meaning of Life in three easy steps

• The value of studying philosophy [FAQ]

• Michael Mooney on the value of the liberal arts (2002).

• 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)

Democracy in America: See Ralph Nader’s talk on “The Good Fight” at Codys Books (December 29, 2006)

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

• Another interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

• Five Reasons to Major in Philosophy

• Richard Feynman on Answering “Why”-Questions

• Philosophy Soccer: Greece v Germany

• How to Film the Revolution