Michael Rings

Resident Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Michael Rings

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 207-C

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2014
  • M.A., Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Aesthetics, Ethics
  • Social & Political Philosophy, Existentialism
  • 19th Century Continental Philosophy
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy


Dr. Michael Rings holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Indiana University, and he began teaching at PLU in the fall of 2015. He teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and environmental philosophy. Dr. Rings’ scholarly interests include aesthetics, ethics, and social-political philosophy. He has published work in the philosophy of popular music, and on aesthetic cosmopolitanism. In his free time Dr. Rings composes and plays music, collects books and records, and hikes in the stunning Washington wilderness.