Jeffrey M. Courtright
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jeffrey completed his PhD in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago in 2011. His dissertation is entitled "Thinking Through the Phenomenon of Trust: A Philosophical Investigation." In the dissertation, Jeff examines Plato's insistence on "trust in logos" in the Phaedo before turning to Nietzsche's work and the function of "pathological trust" and "vital trust" in his philosophy of life-affirmation. In the final chapters, Jeff develops an original theory of "existential trust" and sketches its application to ethics. Jeffrey also holds an M.A. degree (Philosophy) from Loyola University and a B.A. (Philosophy) from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI).
Jeffrey's primary areas of interest are 19th & 20th Century Continental philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of film. He is currently working on an article summarizing his dissertation research on existential trust, in addition to working out the relationship between trust and the good life.
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