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John M. Connolly

Sophia Smith Professor of Philosophy

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John M. Connolly

John Connolly's research interests are in philosophy of mind, Wittgenstein, contemporary German philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics, medieval philosophy (especially Meister Eckhart), and issues of academic freedom and tolerance. He has taught courses in all of these areas, and also in the history of philosophy.

Having recently spent ten years in the college administration, he has returned to Dewey Hall and is now teaching full time. In 2012-13 he is directing Smith's Junior Year Program in Germany. In 2013-14 he will be on sabbatical leave, and retires in June 2014.

His book, Living Without Why: Meister Eckhart's Critique of the Medieval Concept of Will, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.