Greg Johnson

Professor of Philosophy

Greg Johnson
Hauge Administration Building - Room 207-C
Tu & Th:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • IHON-Oxford Director


  • Ph.D., The University of Oregon, 1999
  • Th.M., Southern Seminary, 1994
  • M.Div., Southern Seminary, 1991
  • B.A., Carson-Newman College, 1986

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy (especially Existentialism, Hermeneutics, and Phenomenology)
  • History of Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy co-edited with Dan R. Stiver, (Lexington Books, 2012) : View Book
  • Elements of the Utopian, (The Davies Group, Publishers, 2011) : View Book
  • Revealing Male Bodies co-editor, (Indiana University Press, 2002) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • Political Theory and Global Justice Series, Realism and the Utopian Imagination, Sheffield University (UK) (November, 2012)
  • Wild Hope project on Vocation, Vocation is Dying, and We are Killing It, Pacific Lutheran University (April, 2012)
  • International Honors Program, Philosophy and the Figure of Socrates, First-Year Cohort Gathering (2011)

Selected Articles

  • "Delicious Despair and Nihilism: Luther, Nietzsche, and the Vocation of Philosophy." The Devil’s Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Tradition. Ed. Jennifer Hockenberry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2011:
  • "Johnny Cash: Philosophy as a Way of Life." Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth. Chicago and Lasalle, IL: Open Court Publishers 2008:
  • "Merleau-Ponty, Reciprocity and the Reversibility of Perspectives." Intertwinings: Reflections on Maurice Merleau-Ponty, ed. Gail Weiss. State University of New York Press Vol. New York Press, 2008:
  • Reviewed Essay. "On Lambert Zuidervaart’s Adorno and Social Theory." Journal of Utopian Studies Vol. 20:1, 2009:
  • "Philosophy and its Role in the Vocation of a Christian University.” A response to Robert N. Bellah, “The Vocation of a Christian University in a Globalized World." Prism: The Journal of the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University Vol. Spring, 2002:


  • 2010: Great Lakes College Association New Directions Initiative for work on book prospectus/manuscript Wisdom and Vocation in Dark Times: From Goethe and the Early German Romantics to W.G. Sebald. Grant for travel and research ($7,500).
  • 2010: Wye Faculty Leadership Seminar, Sponsored by the Aspen Institute, Queenstown, Maryland, Summer (sole nomination by University)
  • 2010: Freeman China Seminar (including trip to China), Pacific Lutheran University
  • 2009: Lutheran Academy of Scholars (sole nomination by University), Harvard University
  • 2005: Regency Advancement Award
  • 2004: Center For Teaching And Learning Faculty Excellence Teaching Award, Pacific Lutheran University

Professional Memberships/Organizations

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Kierkegaard Society
  • North American Kant Society
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Society for Ricoeur Studies


I am Professor of Philosophy and Director of the IHON-Oxford Program in social justice that takes place from January-June at the University of Oxford.  In 2012, I was appointed Research Associate in the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC).

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.  I am currently finishing Tragic Realism and the Utopian: An Integrated Approach to Understanding Political Ethics (Bloomsbury), which both contributes to realist political theory associated with the work of Raymond Geuss and Bernard Williams, and also addresses political problems such as negotiation, humanitarian work, and moral injury that occurs from the exposure to war.

I teach courses in ethics, the history if philosophy, political philosophy, and existentialism.