Philosophy Department

William Gavin

Professor of Philosophy


47 Exeter St.

Office Hours


Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4242

I received my Undergraduate degree from Fordham University in 1965. I also completed my Ph.D. at Fordham, with a Dissertation entitled "An Aesthetic Approach to the Philosophy of William James." My areas of interest in philosophy are American Philosophy, Death and Dying, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Russian Philosophy.

I am a member of the American Philosophical Society as well as The Society of the Advancement of American Philosophy. My favorite Philosopher is William James, who said "It is, in short, the re-instatement of the vague to its proper place in our mental life which I am so anxious to press on the attention" (James, The Principles of Psychology). My most recent book is anthology entitled: In Dewey's Wake: Unfinished Work of Pragmaticism Reconstruction.

Courses usually taught:
PHI 102E - Introduction to Philosophy: The Quest for CertaintyPHI 250 - Philosophy of Science, PHI 291 - Death and Dying,PHI 310I - Ancient Philosophy, PHI 350I - American Philosophy, and HON 202 - Progress, Process, or Permanence: All That is Solid Melts into Air

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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