Philosophy Department

Jason Read

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Chair of Philosophy and Liberal Studies


47 Exeter St., 2nd Floor, Rm. 203

Contact Information

Phone: 207-228-8266

I received my undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in 1994 and completed my Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2001, with a dissertation titled "The Production of Subjectivity: Marx and Contemporary Continental Thought."

My areas of interest in philosophy include social and political philosophy, continental philosophy, philosophy of history, feminist philosophy, and philosophical anthropology.

I am a member of the American Philosophical Association, the North America Spinoza Society, the Society for Social and Political Philosophy: Continental, Feminist, and Historical Perspectives (which I helped to found), and the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (when I remember to pay my dues). My favorite philosopher is Spinoza, but it is a close call and there are many runners up.

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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