John Garner, Ph.D.

Dr. Garner's teaching and research interests range from ancient Greek philosophy to the history of metaphysics, philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, and critical theory broadly. He also translates French philosophy and co-organizes local seminars (see GAPS ). Links to his work can be found in his CV . His most recent publications include:

  • Book:
    • John V. Garner, The Emerging Good in Plato's Philebus (Northwestern University Press, 2017).
  • Other Publications (since 2017): 
    • John V. Garner, “An Institution of Waiting: Capital Punishment in Weil and Camus” [book chapter; forthcoming].
    • Cornelius Castoriadis, The Greek Imaginary, Volume 1: From Homer to Heraclitus, translated by John V. Garner and María-Constanza Garrido Sierralta, with “Foreword” by John V. Garner (Edinburgh University Press) [book translation; forthcoming].
    • John V. Garner, “Creative Discovery: Proclus and Plato on the Emergence of Scientific Precision,” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2), 2020 [peer-reviewed article].
    • Cornelius Castoriadis, Democracy and Relativism: A Debate, translated with “Foreword” by John V. Garner (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019) [book translation].
    • John V. Garner, “Creativity and Historical Non-Being in Nikulin’s The Concept of History,” Existenz: An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts 14 (1), 2019 [invited article].
    • John V. Garner, “Thinking Beyond Identity: Numbers and the Identity of Indiscernibles in Plato and Proclus,” Idealistic Studies 47 (1/2), 2018 [peer-reviewed article].
    • John V. Garner, “Saulius Geniusas, Dmitri Nikulin (eds.): Productive Imagination: Its History, Meaning and Significance,” Phenomenological Reviews 4 (8/10), 2018 [book review].
    • John V. Garner, “Dmitri Nikulin: The Concept of History: How Ideas are Constituted, Transmitted and Interpreted,” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 8.48, 2017 [book review].
    • John V. Garner, “Gadamer and the Lessons of Arithmetic in Plato’s Hippias Major,” META: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy 9 (1), 2017 [peer-reviewed article].
  • B.A., Religion, Florida State University, 2005
  • M.A., Philosophy, Villanova University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University, 2014

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Fall 2020 Sections

Summer 2020 Sections

  • PHIL-4381 (Pre-Modern Aesthetics) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
  • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01W

Fall 2019 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 06
  • PHIL-4230 (Philosophy of Religion) Section: 01W

Spring 2019 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
  • PHIL-3110 (Modern Philosophy) Section: 01W

Fall 2018 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
  • PHIL-4300 (Senior Seminar) Section: 01W

Spring 2018 Sections

  • PHIL-2010 (Intro to Philosophy) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2010 (Intro to Philosophy-Honors) Section: 25H
  • PHIL-3110 (Modern Philosophy) Section: 01

Fall 2017 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
  • PHIL-3140 (Existentialism) Section: 01

Spring 2017 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
  • PHIL-4385 (Sp. Topics: German Idealism) Section: 01W

Fall 2016 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
  • PHIL-4230 (Philosophy of Religion) Section: 01W

Summer 2016 Sections

  • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 01

Spring 2016 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 03
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 04

Fall 2015 Sections

  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 03
  • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01

Spring 2015 Sections

  • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 02
  • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 03
  • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 05
  • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Philosophy in the ancient Greek world--which itself emerged in dialogue with near-Eastern sources--sparked a movement of thought and dialogue that has immeasurably influenced the intellectual history of much of the world. Its impact is felt in science, religion, ethics, and all of the humanities. Well-known figures include Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, the Neoplatonists, and Augustine. Both more and less well-known figures and texts are in a constant state of reception and re-reception among scholars.

Francophone Philosophy

The Francophone world has arguably been the most productive site of creative philosophizing in the 20th and 21st centuries. Widely studied movements include existentialism, phenomenology, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, event philosophy, and the neo-realist metaphysical movement. Excellent philosophical research and scholarship that has been overlooked in English can be discovered in most branches of philosophy in the Francophone world.

Philosophy of Religion

A course on the philosophy of religion examines arguments for the plausibility, truth, or meaning of religious claims or experiences, as well as arguments regarding the status of scripture, tradition, or mystical experience (e.g. whether there can be religious "authority," evidence for religious claims, etc.). Believers and non-believers, theists and atheists, scientists, priests, psychologists, and any other interested inquirers may engage in the philosophy of religion.