Philosophy Department

Julien Murphy

Associate Dean-CAHS and Professor of Philosophy


47 Exeter St., Rm. 33, 3rd Floor

Contact Information

Phone: 207-228-8051

I received my Undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. at DePaul University in Chicago, with a Dissertation entitled "The Ethical and Political Implications of Social Typifications in the Philosophies of Jean-Paul Sartre and Alfred Schutz."

My areas of interest in Philosophy are in applied ethics including bioethics, environmental ethics, social media, cybersecurity.  I am a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the American Association of Bioethics, the Sartre Society, the Beauvoir Circle, and the Radical Philosophy Association. My favorite Philosopher is Jean-Paul Sartre.

Courses usually taught:
PHI 211 Media Ethics, PHI 212 Environmental Ethics, PHI 285 Genetics & Society, PHI 205 Symbolic Logic,  PHI 295 Medicine, Madness, and Disease, PHI 235 Philosophy of Social Media.

Philosophy of Law Guest Lecturer

Lady Justice

Professor of Philosophy Robert Loudon welcomes guest lecturer Robert Ruffner, Esq. to speak in his Philosophy of Law (PHI 260) class. All USM students of philosophy and law are welcome to attend this lecture.

Thursday, November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502, Portland Campus
Robert J. Ruffner, Esq. will be the Guest Lecturer in Professor Robert Louden’s Philosophy of Law class on November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502. Ruffner, a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense, is a 1996 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Mr. Ruffner began practicing in Maine in 1999 as a Domestic Violence prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. He then joined the litigation firm of Friedman Babcock & Gaythwaite where he practiced insurance and criminal defense. Ruffner formed his own practice in 2001 to focus on Criminal Defense.

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