Professor of Philosophy
Nick teaches Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, History of Christian Thought, Social and Political Philosophy; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the Capstone Course. His major research interest is the interrelationship of philosophy, ethics, political and social philosophy, theology, and religion, especially as this interrelationship has developed in the history of the West. He also has an interest in the relationship of the humanities to ethics. His interests outside of philosophy, etc., include music (Nick is an avid guitarist), German (fluent), and French (just beginning). One of Nick's greatest passions is foreign travel. He has developed a month-long tour of Europe for SSU students, and he is eager to assist Philosophy and Religion majors who wish to study abroad.
Daniel M. Johnson,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dan regularly teaches Rhetoric and Reasoning, Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Sport, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Metaphysics and Epistemology. He has research interests in all of those areas, but he is perhaps most interested in the question of whether and how religious beliefs can be reasonable. In his free time, he enjoys the guilty pleasures of watching sports (football and basketball, mainly) and playing video games, both of which take up entirely too much of his time. He's always on the lookout for a game of pick-up basketball, so let him know if you have one going. He holds the odd view that it is, generally speaking, morally wrong to care about winning basketball games (or other games), but he has had only limited success in suppressing his desire to win when he plays.