Philosophy Department

Jeremiah Conway

Associate Professor of Philosophy


47 Exeter St., Rm. 206

Office Hours Fall 2015

Mondays and Wednesdays; 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and by appointment.

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4241

I received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 1978 with a disseration entitled "Why to Poetry? An Analysis of Martin Heidegger's Philosophy of Language." My undegraduate degree is from Fordham University (German & Philosophy).

My areas of philosophical interest are in 19th & 20th Century continental philosophy, philosophy & literature, and ancient philosophy. Plato and Aristotle, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, Gadamer and Heidegger have been lontime companions.

I believe the power of philosophy lies in its uselessness, in its capacity for questioning the ends and purposes which ordinarily organize our lives. If anything, philosophy serves the experience of wonder, and it is wonder that keeps human beings alive as creatures of possibility, question, and gratitude.

Courses usually taught:
PHI 106E Introduction to Philosophy: Why Philosophize?, PHI 215 Philosophy of Literature, PHI 390 Hermeneutics, PHI 290 Problems in Philosophy: PHI 275  The Nature of Compassion, PHI 360 Existentialism.


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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