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Calvin Mercer

Calvin Mercer, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
Thomas Harriot College of Arts &

Teaching for me is  matter of working in partnership with students to facilitate access to information and to foster a critical perspective on it, in order to accomplish the aim of liberal education, named by William Scott Green  as the "deliberate exposure to the unfamiliar and rigorous examination of the familiar." This century will see incredible changes, possibilities, and stressors, in the face of which the temptation is to be driven by sound bites, horrific or otherwise stimulating images on TV, status, money, or power. Instead, we have to figure out a way to instill in our students an old fashioned love of learning.
Courses taught:

PHIL 5000 Religious Studies Seminar
PHIL 3698 Mysticism
PHIL 3690 Women and Religion
PHIL 2690 World Religions
PHIL 1696 Introduction to the New Testament
PHIL 1695 Introduction to the Old Testament