Department ofPhilosophy

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Professor of Philosophy

253.535.8306 (office)



Ph.D, The University of Oregon, 1999

B.A., Carson-Newman College, 1986

M.Div, Southern Seminary, 1991

Th.M, Southern Seminary, 1994


I regularly teach courses in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, and Existentialism.  I have taught in International Honors (IHON), along with other courses such as Philosophy in Film.  I also teach a J-Term travel course, PHIL 125: Ethics and the Good Life, which takes place in England, Germany and Greece.

My latest co-edited book is Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), which is the inaugural book in the Series on the Thought of Paul Ricoeur (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield), of which I am also the Series Co-Editor.

I am currently working on a book Political Ethics: Tragic, Real and Utopian, which contributes to realist political philosophy associated with the work of Raymond Geuss and Bernard Williams, but that also considers figures like Paul Ricoeur and the work of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations ambassador killed in 2003 in Iraq. My goal is to present an argument for this alternative way of thinking about the task of political philosophy that is helpful both conceptually and practically.  I will be on sabbatical 2012-2013, and will be working on this project as a Research Associate in the Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Conflict (ELAC), Oxford University, England.