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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

Geneva’s biochemistry major is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers rigorous preparation for graduate or allied-health schools.

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