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Phil Smith


Phil Smith
Professor of Philosophy
Chair, College of Christian Studies
Phone: 503-554-2657
Email: psmith@georgefox.edu

Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. George Fox University

Teaching and Reseach Interests: Ethical Theory, especially theories of virtue, including intellectual virtues; Philosophy of Religion, including apologetics; Logic; History of Philosophy; questions of war and paece.

Phil Smith is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He graduated from George Fox in 1977, after which he earned a Masters Degree from Fuller Seminary.  In the 1980s, while pastoring a Friends Church in Portland, he taught part-time at George Fox.  He completed a Philosophy PhD at the University of Oregon in 1991 and has been full-time at George Fox since 1992. Phil and his wife, Karen (also a GFU grad, 1977), have two grown sons.

Phil teaches a wide range of philosophy and religion courses; over the past four years his teaching load has included Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, History of Philosophy: Anciety and Medieval, Virtue Philosophy, Spirituality and the Intellectual Life, Logic, Philosophy Capstone, Liberal Arts and Critical Issues (LACI), and Christian Foundations. 

Published works include Learning to Love: Philosophy and Moral Progress (University of Oregon, 1991); Values and Ethics in the Workplace (instructors' and students' books for George Fox University, 1992); The Virtue of Civility in the Practice of Politics (University Press of America, 2002); Being at Home in the World: A New Christian Apologetic (with Mark McLeod-Harrison; Wipf and Stock, 2011); Why Faith is a Virture (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming 2014).

Articles include "Somalia and War" (Quaker Religious Thought, 1994); "A Basis for Civility" (in Truth's Bright Embrace, George Fox University Press, 1996); "The Just War and Integrational Pacifism" (in Pacifism: History of Ideas, Theory, and Practice, Barbara Bleisch and Jean-Daniel Strub, eds., Haupt-Verlag, 2006); "Quakers and Coercion in a World of Good and Evil" (in Good and Evil: Quaker Perspectives, Jackie Leach Scully and Pink Dandelion, eds., Ashgate, 2007).

In addition to books and articles addressing philosophy and questions of war and peace, Phil writes fiction: The Heart of the Sea (2008), and Buying the Bangkok Girl (2003) are available as e-books.

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