Jacob Goodson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Division Chair, Social Sciences
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Jacob L. Goodson (PhD, University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Division Chair of the Social Sciences at Southwestern College. Dr. Goodson teaches Ethics and Society, History of Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, and several upper-level courses relating to aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and political science.

Dr. Goodson's most recent publications are Building Beloved Community in a Wounded World (Cascade Press, 2022), The Philosopher's Playground (Cascade Press, 2021), The Dark Years? Philosophy, Politics, and the Problem of Predictions (Cascade Press, 2020), Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019), and Strength of Mind: Courage, Hope, Freedom, Knowledge (Cascade Press, 2018). He also has edited multiple books. 

He enjoys playing chess, reading, taking long walks, traveling, and watching professional sports. He is the proud father of two teenagers, Sophia Grace and Seraphina Rose. One day, he hopes to write a novel depicting the complexities and difficulties of friendship and other relationships.

Interviews on Podcasts

Reflections on Higher Education

Reflections on the Discipline of Philosophy

Ethics and Moral Theory: Friendship, Love, Marriage

Philosophy of Religion: Varieties of Religious Reasonings

Politics and Political Philosophy: Pragmatism, Predictions, and Presidents

Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Dr. Goodson is available to lecture or speak on...

  • American Philosophy
  • Animal Ethics
  • Ethics of Warfare
  • Issues in Higher Education
  • Jewish Philosophy & Judaism
  • Modern Philosophy of Religion
  • Prophetic Pragmatism in the 21st Century
  • Richard Rorty's Predictions about 21st Century Politics
  • Sports Ethics, particularly issues relating to the MLB & NFL
  • Virtue Theory and Defense of Particular Virtues Needed in the Modern World 

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