Position: Associate Professor of Philosophy
Campus Phone: 865-471-3273
Campus Box: 71976
Dr. Brian Austin, Associate Professor and Director of the Philosophy program earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Spanish, and Religion from Samford University (1982), his Master of Divinity (1985) and Ph. D. (1989) degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published articles and books in the philosophy of religion, specializing in the intersections of science and religion. He teaches courses in critical thinking, logic, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, Christian ethics, and non-Western religious thought. Dr. Austin is also the director of the Carson-Newman College Honors Program, for which he teaches the course “Humanity and the Cosmos.” He has just completed a paper responding to the “new atheism” in which he argues that the natural sciences are unable to provide a grounding for human values.
Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Campus Phone: 865-471-3579
Dr. John McClellan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. His research interests include the philosophy of religion, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. He is currently reworking material from his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Inscrutable Evils, Skeptical Theism, and the Epistemology of Religious Trust” in which he examines the rationality of trusting God in the absence of any compelling account as to why he would allow various sufferings. Dr. McClellan currently lives in an on-campus apartment in Heritage Hall with his wife Laura and dog Hank, and so, is especially available for conversations with students.
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