Galen A. Johnson, Professor of
Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Dept,
received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University
(1977). He joined
the URI Philosophy Department in 1976. Professor Johnson’s research interests are phenomenology, recent French philosophy (especially Merleau-Ponty), aesthetics, and American philosophy. He is the author of numerous articles in contemporary
continental philosophy and has held fellowships from the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council
for Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently the General Secretary of the
International Merleau-Ponty Circle and he is the Director of the URI Center for the Humanities.
Major publications include:
Earth and Sky, History and Philosophy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1989.
Ontology and Alterity in Merleau-Ponty. Co-editor with Michael Smith. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990.
|The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting.
Northwestern University Press, 1993. Second printing, 1995. Third printing, 1998.
|The Retrieval of the Beautiful: Thinking Through Merleau-Ponty's Aesthetics.
Northwestern University Press 2010.
Feature Story in URI's Research & Innovation Magazine 2010-2011
Merleau-Ponty's Poets and Poetics
Professor Johnson regularly teaches PHL
204: Theories of Human Nature, PHL 235: Modern Thought:
Philosophy and Literature, PHL 324: Recent European
Philosophy; and PHL 325: American Philosophy. He also teaches regularly in the University Honors
Program and holds a joint appointment with the Honors Program.
URI Center for the Humanities: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/cfh/index.html
The International Merleau- Ponty Circle web site: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/phl/impc/
International: Trilingual Studies concerning the Thought