Geneva College

 

 

Esther L. Meek

Esther MeekOffice Phone: 724-847-5232
emeek@geneva.edu
emeek@longingtoknow.com   
Personal Web site: www.longingtoknow.com     
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Esther-Lightcap-Meek/110487169038640

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Philosophy, Humanities, Honors

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University, 1985 (Dissertation: Contact with Reality: An Examination of Realism in the Work of Michael Polanyi (Joseph Margolis, supervisor))
  • M.A., Humanities/Philosophy, Western Kentucky University, 1976
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies/Philosophy, Cedarville College, 1975

Courses Taught

  • PHI 310 - Christian Understanding of Life (every semester)
  • HUM 303 - Perspectives: Faith, Culture, Identity (every semester)
  • PHI 110 - Introduction to Philosophy (every Fall)
  • PHI 100 - Logic (every Spring)
  • PHI 206 - Aquinas
  • PHI 305 - Contemporary Philosophy: The Analytic Tradition
  • PHI 306 - Post Modern Philosophers
  • PHI 308 - Contemporary Philosophy: The Continental Tradition
  • PHI 353 - Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 355 - Philosophy for Theology
  • PHI 356 - Knowledge and Reality
  • PHI 410 - Senior Seminar
  • PHI 491 - Women Philosophers

Books

  • The Practices of a Healthy Church: Biblical Strategies for Vibrant Church Life and Ministry, Donald J. MacNair with Esther L. Meek. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company (1999).
  • Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People. Chicago: Brazos Press, 2003.
  • Loving to Know: Introducing Covenant Epistemology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2011.
  • A Little Manual for Knowing. Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2014.
  • Current project: Contact with Reality: Polanyi’s Realism and its Value for Christian Faith. Cascade Press, forthcoming.

Some Recent Publications

  • “Making the Most of College: Learning With Friends,” Comment, Summer 2007, http://www.wrf.ca/wrf-rd.cfm?linkID=137
  • “Servant Thinking: Polanyian Workings of the Framean Triad.” Speaking the Truth in Love: The Theology of John M. Frame. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009, 611-27.
  • “Michael Polanyi: Unknown and Untapped.” Comment (Spring 2012) 38-43.
  • “Michael Polanyi and Alvin Plantinga: Help From Beyond the Walls.” Philosophia Christi 14:1 (2012) 57-77.
  • “Longing to Know and Reading the Bible,” Comment (Publication of Work Research Foundation, Canada) http://wrf.ca/comment/article.cfm?ID=181, (March, 2006; republished Fall, 2012)
  • “Review of David Kettle, Western Culture in Gospel Context: Towards the Conversion of the West; Theological Bearings for Mission and Spirituality.” Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Journal (34:1, 2012-13) 74-76.
  • “Review of Neil Gascoigne and Tim Thorton, Tacit Knowledge.” Notre Dame Philosophical Review, http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/44250-tacit-knowledge/.
  • “Love: The Final Epistemic, and Ontology, Too.” Essay for Festschrift in Honor of Jerram Barrs. Crossway, forthcoming.
  • “A Reformed View of Life and Learning: Covenant Epistemology.” Essay submitted for published collection by Eastern University’s Honors College. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, forthcoming.
  • “Review of Neil Gascoigne and Tim Thorton, Tacit Knowledge.” Notre Dame Philosophical Review, http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/44250-tacit-knowledge/.
  • Interview with Ken Myers, Mars Hill Audio Journal, April 2014 (forthcoming).

Current Projects

  • Contact with Reality: Polanyi’s Realism and its Value for Christian Faith. Cascade Press, forthcoming. Thirty years after its completion, I am updating and revising my dissertation for publication.
  • Fuller Seminary’s Lesslie Newbigin Conference, November 11-13, 2014. I am preparing a talk for this event.

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations

  • Evangelical Philosophical Society (2004-present)
  • Society of Christian Philosophers (2002-present)
  • Polanyi Society (1990-present; member of Board)

Other Professional and Community Service

  • Vice-Chair, Board of Aliquippa Impact, Aliquippa, PA
  • Advisory Council, Uncommon Grounds Café, Aliquippa, PA
  • Visiting Professor of Apologetics, Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

 

Point of Excellence

Students have opportunities for enrichment and networking through Geneva’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter.

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Upcoming Events
Oct26
Reformation Day Service
Metheney Fieldhouse 6:30 p.m.

Nov01
Geneva Alumni & Friends visit "Annie" at The Benedum
Benedum Center, Pittsburgh 2:00 p.m.

STUDENTS
Geneva partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing
New program provides students a cost effective and sustainable alternative to car ownership on campus.
SERVICE
Service opportunities in Beaver Falls
Students can work with Tiger Pause and the Dare2XL programs.
CURRENT STUDENTS
Branches on campus
The Christian indie/folk band is kicking off the Three Past Three program on October 23.
COMMUNITY
Living in Color: Steppin’ Up—Moving from Theory to Action
The conference, which focuses on getting involved in multicultural issues, will be held Nov. 7-8.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS
MBA program to host Open House
An information session that includes a complementary dinner will be held at the Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance on Tue., Oct. 28.