Eric Manchester, PhD


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Office: Room 4149
Office Hours: M 5-6:30; TTh 1:30-3; Th 11:30-noon; other times by appointment
Campus Extension: 3435

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Professional Information:

Education: BA, social science (public policy) and philosophy

                 Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)

                      PhD, philosophy, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

Professional Affiliations: Wesleyan Philosophical Society (President, 2005-2006)

                                    Wesleyan Theological Society

                                                American Catholic Philosophical Association

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Internal Review Board

About Me:

         I grew up in Portland, OR, lived in ID for four years during college, and 14 years in WI for graduate school and beyond.  I have been at Caldwell since the 2004-2005 school year.  I have a wonderful wife, and a stepson who is currently in college in MA.  I also have a dog (a pug!)--I had forgotten how much fun pets could be, but fortunately I married a woman with good taste in dogs. : )  For hobbies, I do the things you would expect a philosophy professor to do (read, argue/debate/ pontificate, attempt to synthesize seemingly incompatible systems of thought) as well as the things "normal" folks do (hang out with friends, converse over coffee, hang out at diners, listen to music, watch football, and attend religious services [at least once a week, whether I need it or not ; ) ]).  More and more, I am getting into riding Amtrak when I can (I love watching the country as I travel).


         I suppose a philosophy professor should list "favorite books," but I won't because, well, it seems so predictable.  Nevertheless, if I were willing to be predictable, I would recommend Pope John Paul II's Fides et Ratio, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, just about anything by St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes' Meditations, John Locke's Second Treatise of Government, and (just to give yourself a headache) Spinoza's Ethics, as well as (just to have a reason to roll your eyes and say "what will those philosophers think of next?") George Berkeley's Principles Concerning Human Knowledge.   For an "unsung" recommendation, I'd suggest Al-ghazali's Deliverance from Error.  And these are just my philosophy recommendations! 

Current Course Schedule (click listing to see course outline) (to be added)

PHL 102 5 Introduction to Philosophy TR 3-4:15

PHL 102 9 Introduction to Phil              M night 7-9:30

PHL 230 1 Ethics                                  T 10-11:50; F 11-11:50

PHL 207  1 Reality as Existential         TRF 12-12:50

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