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Dr. Mark. J. Boone

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I read and talk and write about philosophy for a living.  I am also a Baptist Christian.  I don’t see any conflict between those two things.

I also study and talk about religion, especially Christianity, although my specialization is the history of philosophy.

My list of favorite philosophers changes frequently, but Augustine and Plato consistently make the list!  Other characters who have sometimes been on the list include Confucius, Aristotle, Aquinas, Leibniz, Locke, Kierkegaard, and William James.

I earned my B. A. in Biblical Studies and Philosophy from Dallas Baptist University in 2005 and my Ph. D. in Philosophy from Baylor University in 2010, writing my dissertation on Augustine.  Before joining HKBU I taught at Berry College in Rome, Georgia (USA), for two years, and at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, for five years.

I am the author of eight (so far!) scholarly articles in philosophy and religion.  These articles deal with Plato, Augustine, William James, epistemology, biblical hermeneutics, and more.  My revised dissertation was published in 2016 as The Conversion and Therapy of Desire: Augustine’s Theology of Desire in the Cassiciacum Dialogues.  Years before I had had an idea for another book, which I later co-edited and which was also published in 2016: Science Fiction Film and the Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Science Fiction Films and Television.  I am currently writing another book on Augustine, tentatively titled Reason, Authority, and the Healing of Desire in the Writings of Augustine.

I manage the YouTube channel TeacherOfPhilosophy.  The flagship playlist there is probably the best (and possibly the only) collection of cartoons based on the dialogues and speeches of the great philosophers. There are also more than 150 other videos featuring commentary on great texts of philosophy, great articles in contemporary philosophy, myths about the philosophers, tales of the philosophers, great arguments in philosophy, science fiction and philosophy, and more.

I like things like my wife, good fiction books (like Tolkien), good sci-fi television (like several Star Trek series), good ideas (like the theory of hylomorphism), and a nice cup of tea.

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