James H. Hall, Ph.D.
Thomas Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of RichmondBorn in Weimar, Texas, in 1933, I spent my early childhood there and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Just beforeWorld War II, my family moved to Washington, D.C. I lived in that city and received my education from its publicschools, museums, and newspapers, until I went off to college in Baltimore, Maryland, in the fall of 1951.I knew
I wanted to teach by the time I graduated from high school, but I didn’t know
I wanted to teachuntil much later. So I made a career of being a student for 12 more years (at Johns Hopkins University, SoutheasternTheological Seminary, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), before trying to earn a living full time.I had discovered my discipline by 1959, but it was 1965 before I found my school and my city. Each of the 40 yearssince then has confirmed my good fortune in joining the University of Richmond community and putting my rootsdown.Teaching is my calling and first professional priority. I am especially gratified to have been declared “OutstandingFaculty Member of the Year” by both Omicron Delta Kappa and the Student Government of the University of Richmond at the end of my last year in the classroom. With 44 years at the blackboard, I have taught most of thestandard undergraduate philosophy curriculum, including
to thousands of beginners and advanced courses and seminars on
(especially theworks of Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Ryle, and Austin),
Philosophy of Religion
to hundreds of philosophy majors and minors. I have also pursued a number of issues beyond the boundaries of philosophy per se,
in interdisciplinary courses as varied as
Science and Values
The Ideological Roots of the American Revolution
Science, Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
. My research has produced an adult education series for The TeachingCompany (
Philosophy of Religion
) and three published books (
Knowledge, Belief and Transcendence
), with another in progress (
Taking the Dark Side Seriously
).A life totally confined to the ivied tower would be truncated and precarious. My own is constantly expanded andkept in balance by ongoing involvements in church (Episcopal), politics (Democratic), and choral music (from Bachto Durafle, with just a dash of Ralph Vaughan Williams) and by travel (Wales or the Pacific northwest for preference) and a daily bout with the
New York Times
crossword. Many people outside of the academy haveenriched my life by their work—Herblock and Harry Truman, John D. MacDonald and David Lodge, to namefour—and others by their friendship and character—chief among them my wife, Myfanwy, and my sons,Christopher, Jonathan, and Trevor.My complete track record, academic and otherwise, can be seen on the Web at: http://www.richmond.edu/~jhall/.
E-mail will always reach me at: email@example.com.
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