Rene McGraw, OSB, Ph.D.
Though my time in the classroom has spanned many decades, I am not yet tired of teaching. One of the thrills of teaching philosophy is that it has never become routine for me. A phrase of Heidegger, an insight from Aristotle, an apothegm from Nietzsche, an ethical demand from Camus or Levinas startles me as much now as it did when I first started teaching in 1962. Teaching philosophy has never ceased to excite me. The marvel and marveling of the philosophical enterprise has been joined with looking at the ethical and metaphysical dimensions involved in the other part of my academic life—peace studies. Year after year, I love being in the classroom. If only I could omit correcting tests and papers, I could not think of a better way to spend a life than in the classroom with a text of Heidegger or Levinas in my hand.
Research & Teaching Interests: Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Human Nature, Philosophy of Literature, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Violence/Non-Violence; I have not written anything of philosophical significance throughout my teaching career. Heidegger, Arendt & Levinas keep me studying as do issues of peace and justice in relationship to philosophy (especially through aesthetics and technology)
Professor Rene McGraw, OSB, retired from teaching at the conclusion of the 2018/19 school year.