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Philosophy & Religion

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JJ. Lawrence Brasher. Lawrence Brasher

Denson N. Franklin Professor of Religion
Office: Berte Humanities Building 316
Contact info: Box 549034
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-4863
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: lbrasher@bsc.edu

My long-term interests are in religion in the South and in spirituality and the environment.  My doctoral research explored the holiness movement in the South at the turn of the twentieth century with particular interest in folk narratives and practices and their relationship to preaching.  My other strong interest is in sustainability and the environment and their relationship with religion and spirituality.  My research has treated the religious sensibilities of eighteenth-century French botanist and explorer of America, Andre Michaux, and I also conduct botanical research on the native flora of Alabama. 

Courses taught: Ecospirituality and Environmental Sustainability; Introduction to Christianity; Religion and Society; Christian Ethics; Contemporary Christian Theology; Religion and the Natural World; Religion in America; Religion and Politics in America

Amy C. CottrillAmy C. Cottrill

Assistant Professor of Religion
Office: Berte Humanities Building 211
Contact info: Box 549025
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: acottril@bsc.edu

My primary area of research is the book of Psalms in the Hebrew Bible, particularly the Psalms of individual lament. My book, Language, Power, and Identity in the Lament Psalms of the Individual, focuses on how the speaker of the prayer addresses God, represents the pain he experiences, and what he assumes God should do on his behalf to end the situation of suffering. I am interested in the connection between interpretation and ethics, particularly as it relates to the interpretation of biblical literature.

Courses taught: Hebrew Bible, Christian Scriptures, World Religions, Seminar in Old Testament

Daniel Coyle

Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Philosophy
Office: Berte Humanities Building 326
Contact info: Box 549050
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-7839
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: dcoyle@bsc.edu

My general areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, history of philosophy, existentialism, philosophy of film, metaphysics, ethics, and comparative philosophy and religion in a broadly construed manner. My research interests include Daoist texts, Chinese cosmology and strategic philosophy, and Nietzsche.

Courses taught: Ethical Choice, Introduction to Philosophy, Human Destiny, Logic, Eastern Philosophy, Confucianism and Daoism, Philosophies of Film, Chinese Strategic Philosophy, World Religions, Mysticism, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophies of Film, Introduction to Chinese Culture.

Steven Hendley

Professor of Philosophy
Office: Berte Humanities Building 322
Contact info: Box 549013
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-4793
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: shendley@bsc.edu

Courses taught: Introduction to Philosophy; Darwinism and Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy; Ethical Theory; Existentialism; Socialism; Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology; Free Will and Determinism; Postmodernism and Philosophy

Mark McClish

Assistant Professor of Religion
Office: Berte Humanities Building 308
Contact info: Box 549025
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-7833
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: mmcclish@bsc.edu

My general areas of interest are classical South Asian religions, contemplative traditions, nonviolence, and religion, law and statecraft. My research interests include the Sanskrit language and literature, classical South Asian religion, South Asian statecraft and law, and the intersection of religion and politics.

Courses taught:
Elementary Sanskrit; Religions of Asia; Buddhism; Hinduism; Power and Religion; Nonviolence; Understanding Religion: History, Theory, and Method.

William T. Myers

Professor of Philosophy
Office: Berte Humanities Center 222
Contact info: Box 549013
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office phone: (205)226-4868
Office Fax: (205)226-3089
Email: bmyers@bsc.edu

My general interests are American Philosophy, American pragmatism, the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and ethics. My research interests include Alfred North Whitehead, John Dewey, process metaphysics, and pragmatism.

Courses taught: Ethical Choice; Introduction to Philosophy; Logic; History of Western Philosophy II; Topics in American Philosophy; Environmental Ethics; Topics in Philosophy of Religion; Ethics and Managerial Choice; Perspectives on Management.

 

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