Dr. Trig Johnson
Trig Johnson, PhD, MA, MSt
Dr. Trig Johnson is a graduate of Oxford University, the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Virginia.
Multi-disciplinary Teaching Experience:
Dr. Johnson's teaching experience is thorough: he has taught at seven universities/colleges (e.g., Old Dominion, Rollins), held multiple, full-time university lectureships (philosophy, religious studies), and held various humanities-teaching appointments (e.g., University of North Carolina, Asheville).
Philosophy Courses Taught (19):
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics and Critical Thinking
Philosophy and Creativity
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophies of Self
Philosophy of Love
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Religion
Studies in Philosophy and Religion: Intellectual Atheism
Studies in German Idealism: Hegelian Metaphysics
Introduction to Existentialism
Introduction to Postmodernism
Religion Courses Taught (9):
Introduction to World Religions
History of Christianity
Religion in America
Comparative Religion: Theory and Method
Comparative Religious Epistemology
Comparative Religious Ethics
Comparative Religion: Ideas of Self
Philosophy of Religion
The Psychology of Religious Experience
Humanities Courses Taught (8):
Introduction to Humanities
Introduction to Mythology
Greek and Roman Humanities
Renaissance and Baroque Humanities
Enlightenment and Romanticism Humanities
20th Century Humanities
Exploring Visual Arts: Picasso, Dali and Warhol
Recent Public Presentations (2013-16):
"Mental Models and Modes of Knowing"
"Insight, Creative Problem-Solving and Multi-Disciplinary Thinking"
"On Genius and Ennui"
"On the Virtues of Enlightenment Humanism"
"Jesus Christ, Porn Star? Eisegesis qua Erotica in Popular Culture"
"Philosophy, not Theology"
"The Contemporary Atheism-Theism Impasse: How to Demonstrate Nothing...Coherently"
"The Aesthetics of Color Preference: Recent Empirical Studies"
Liberal Arts Experience (sample):
Live performances with: Grammy Award Winner's Radiohead, Dave Matthews and The B-52's; Grammy Nominee, Suzanne Vega ("Luka”); The Rembrandts ("Friends" TV show song); Jonathan Richman (“There’s Something About Mary” movie); River Phoenix ("Aleka's Attic"), musician and actor; Director, "A Postmodern Hamlet," Oxford University; various performance art pieces and "happenings".
Academic Interests (primary):
Philosophy of mind and self; mental models; ways of knowing; ideas of insight, intuition, imagination and epistemic immediacy; aesthetics (visual and auditory), particularly formalist-compositional ideas of balance, proportion and asymmetry; epistemology and religion; intellectual history, including mathematics and physics; arts and ideas, broadly conceived; interdisciplinary studies; creativity and genius.
Office: Winter Park Campus