Philosophy Department

Portland Press Herald column features USM philosophy student

Curtis Mills

Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz wrote a profile on Curtis Mills, a philosophy student at USM, who served the military in the past. The column delves into Mills' past and explores how he decided to pursue a philosophy degree at USM:

Eager to do something, Mills thought about a degree in history. But then a counselor at the Sanford Vet Center suggested he check out, of all things, USM's philosophy program.

"I was like, 'I don't know ... maybe ... whatever,"' Mills recalled with a chuckle. "But then I looked into philosophy a little bit and said, 'You know what? This sounds like something that would help me personally."'

Hence the soldier who over his military years survived deployments to El Salvador, Bosnia and Iraq now found himself navigating Socrates, Kant and Emerson.

"Emerson's my hands-down favorite," Mills said with a grin. "He really draws power from nature and the woods. And that is without a doubt what I love about Maine."

Read the full article here.

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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