Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1976. Dr. Ferst’s academic career has been focused on the Greco-Roman Classical world view and its effect on Christianity and the Islamic faith. He has authored three books, Montana: High Rise and Handsome, Sunday Schools Sins, and Islam a Semester Study. Additionally, he has organized numerous inter-cultural and ecumenical events such as the recent (2015) program “American Muslim: Islam in America”, and is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities awards.
On his many travels throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Dr. Ferst has photographed over 10,000 artifacts from the period of the Roman Empire.
He teaches Ancient Philosophy, Islam: Philosophy and Culture, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Art and Beauty.
Assistant Professor, earned his B.A. from the University of Scranton and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. Special interests include modern philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of religion.
Courses taught: Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Philosophy and Global Citizenship, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ethical Theory.
"Philosophy permits more questions and provides more tools for answering them than any discipline I know. It is the most ambitious possible response to the human longing to know. Like all ambitious responses to basic human longings, philosophy is exhilarating, at times terrifying, and ultimately liberating."
Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy
Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Social Justice
Eric earned his M.A. in philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, focusing on Hegel and Lonergan studies. He earned his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Philosophy of Religion and Theology, writing his dissertation on contemporary interpretations of authenticity, which he researched in part at the University of Zürich. His current research concerns itself with hermeneutics, modern Japanese philosophy, and 20th century philosophical theology. He has recently published on the possibility of post-metaphysical theology; he has published a reworking of his dissertation with Mohr Siebeck this past summer, 2015, entitled The Paradox of Authenticity; and he is working on another book with Fortress Press in conjunction with homebrewedchristianity.com called The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to God: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Almighty.
Away from the classroom, Eric enjoys gardening, cooking for his family, and practicing Brazillian jiujitsu.
Courses taught: Philosophy of God and Religion, Philosophical Perspectives, Theological Foundations, Asian Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and Violence and Atonement.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, obtained her Ph.D. from the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium and her Laurea degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. She was the recipient of an Erasmus scholarship to the Husserl Archives at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and of a Fulbright sholarship to Boston College and to the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Her special interests include the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist/Gender Theory and Ethics. Away from the classroom, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and travelling to Europe, especially to Italy. Courses taught: Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy and Gender, Ethical Theory, Philosophy Seminar: Phenomenology and Existentialism.
Professor, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His special interests include the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, philosophical anthropology, ancient & medieval philosophy, environmental ethics, bioethics, and business ethics. He serves on the Ethics Committee at St. Peter's Hospital, and is a founder and board member of St. Andrew School, a K-12 school in Helena. Away from the classroom he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking in beautiful Montana, and photography. Recent courses taught include: Bioethics, Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of the Human Being, Philosophy and Film, Business Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. Dr. Smillie's book, Augustine and the Environment, co-edited with John Doody and Kim Paffenroth, is due out in September, 2016.
"The practice of grappling with deep and sometimes not very well defined problems gives you the ability and self-confidence to deal with just about any problem that life will throw at you later." - Mark Smillie, Ph.D.