Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Biography

Visit Dr. Garner's home page for more information: https://sites.google.com/view/johnvgarner/.

Dr. Garner’s teaching and research interests range from ancient Greek philosophy to the history of metaphysics, philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, and critical theory broadly. He also translates French philosophy and co-organizes the Georgia Ancient Philosophy Seminar [link], which is an annual discussion seminar open to both academics and non-academics. His book, The Emerging Good in Plato's Philebus [link], appeared in 2017 with Northwestern University Press and has been reviewed positively. His essays, book reviews, and translations have appeared in Ancient PhilosophyBryn Mawr Classical Review; Continental Philosophy Review; Epoché; Existenz; Idealistic Studies; Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology; and META.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Religion, Florida State University (Honors Program), 2005
  • M.A., Philosophy, Villanova University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University, 2014
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Summer 2020 Sections

    • PHIL-4381 (Pre-Modern Aesthetics) Section: E01

    Spring 2020 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
    • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01W

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 06
    • PHIL-4230 (Philosophy of Religion) Section: 01W

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
    • PHIL-3110 (Modern Philosophy) Section: 01W

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
    • PHIL-4300 (Senior Seminar) Section: 01W

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • PHIL-2010 (Intro to Philosophy) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2010 (Intro to Philosophy-Honors) Section: 25H
    • PHIL-3110 (Modern Philosophy) Section: 01

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
    • PHIL-3140 (Existentialism) Section: 01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
    • PHIL-4385 (Sp. Topics: German Idealism) Section: 01W

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01
    • PHIL-4230 (Philosophy of Religion) Section: 01W

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 01 View Syllabus

    Spring 2016 Sections

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 02
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 03
    • PHIL-3100 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) Section: 01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 02
    • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 03
    • PHIL-2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) Section: 05
    • PHIL-2020 (Critical Thinking) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    Book: John V. Garner, 'The Emerging Good in Plato's Philebus,' 2017. [View Publication]

    Others: https://sites.google.com/view/johnvgarner/research [View Publication]

  • Skills and Resources

    Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

    Philosophy in the ancient Greek world--which itself emerged in dialogue with near-Eastern sources--sparked a movement of thought and dialogue that has immeasurably influenced the intellectual history of much of the world. Its impact is felt in science, religion, ethics, and all of the humanities. Well-known figures include Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, the Neoplatonists, and Augustine. Both more and less well-known figures and texts are in a constant state of reception and re-reception among scholars.

    Francophone Philosophy

    The Francophone world has arguably been the most productive site of creative philosophizing in the 20th and 21st centuries. Widely studied movements include existentialism, phenomenology, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, event philosophy, and the neo-realist metaphysical movement. Excellent philosophical research and scholarship that has been overlooked in English can be discovered in most branches of philosophy in the Francophone world.

    Philosophy of Religion

    A course on the philosophy of religion examines arguments for the plausibility, truth, or meaning of religious claims or experiences, as well as arguments regarding the status of scripture, tradition, or mystical experience (e.g. whether there can be religious "authority," evidence for religious claims, etc.). Believers and non-believers, theists and atheists, scientists, priests, psychologists, and any other interested inquirers may engage in the philosophy of religion.