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Dr. Trig Johnson

Trig Johnson, PhD, MA, MSt

NB: Dr. Trig Johnson is on academic leave (university teaching appointment) for academic year 2017-18.


Dr. Johnson has studied at Oxford University, Dartmouth College, Gloucestershire, and the University of Virginia.

Teaching Experience: Multidisciplinarity Galore

An extraordinarily versatile thinker, Dr. Johnson has taught at eight universities (e.g., Old Dominion), held full-time university lectureships in both philosophy and religious studies, and held multiple teaching appointments in general humanities (e.g., University of North Carolina, Asheville).

Philosophy Courses Taught (19):

Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics and Critical Thinking
Ethical Theory
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
Understanding Socrates
Understanding Plato
Understanding Aristotle
Augustine's Philosophy
Kant's Philosophy
Studies in German Idealism: Hegelian Metaphysics
Introduction to Postmodernism

Religious Studies 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
Medieval Humanities
Renaissance and Baroque Humanities
Enlightenment and Romanticism Humanities
20th Century Humanities
Exploring Visual Arts: Picasso, Dali and Warhol

Public Presentations (2013-16): Sample

"Mental Models and Modes of Knowing"
"Insight, Creative Problem-Solving and Multi-Disciplinary Thinking"
"On Genius and Ennui"
"On the Virtues of Enlightenment Humanism"
"On Philosophy and 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):

Epistemology, particularly ideas of insight, intuition, immediacy, implicitness and imagination; aesthetics, particularly concepts of form, balance and beauty; epistemology and religion; intellectual history, including mathematical and scientific development; arts and ideas, broadly conceived; interdisciplinary studies; creativity and genius.

Outside Interests:

All things baseball

Email: tjohnson1@valenciacollege.edu

Web Site: http://faculty.valenciacollege.edu/?tjohnson1

Office: Winter Park Campus