• Professor Gary Gabor

    Gary Gabor

    Assistant Professor, Philosophy


    Biography

    Gary Gabor is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hamline in the College of Liberal Arts.  He earned his PhD in Philosophy and a Doctoral Certificate in Medieval Studies from Fordham University in 2011, and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Boston College in 2002. Professor Gabor's main ares of teaching include Ancient Greek Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, and Islamic Philosophy. His research focuses on Plato, Aristotle, and ancient Plantonism from Plotinus to Simplicius, and he has secondary interests in the philosophy of religion and theories of secularization. In 2009 he co-edited the volume Rethinking Secularization, and has contributed chapters and articles to the Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought (eds. P. d'HOine & G. Van Riel, Leuven University Press, forthcoming); Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Vol. 28 (Brill, 2013); a special volume of Quaestiones Disputatae on Aristotle's Categories; the Brill Vocabulary for the Study of Religion; The Reason of Terror: Philosophical Responses to Terrorism (eds. K. Crimmins & H. De Vriese, Peeters, 2006); and various book reviews to Bryn Mawr Classical Review, The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, and International Philosophical Quarterly. In 2009-10, Professor Gabor was on a Fullbright fellowship in Leuven, Belgium. In 2006 he was named Teaching Fellow of the Year at Fordham University. Before coming to Hamline, Professor Gabor taught at Boston College, Hunter College, and Fordham University. 

    TEACHING STYLE

    Students in Professor Gabor's classroom can expect a deep engagement with texts, probing and thoughtful discussions in conversation about them, and a sense both of what the great philosophers of the past and today have contributed to human knowledge, while at the same time remaining critical and refusing to genuflect before any of them. In this, we teach each other all better how to think.

    "I seek, in the small way that I can, to continue the radical and engaging task of seeking greater clarification and increased understanding and wisdom first instituted by Socrates, and nourished in the ancient and modern philosophical traditions since then. Philosophy, pursued in the way Socrates did, is both a provocative and dangerous activity, but one with the potential to also lead to greater awareness of the world and knowledge of self. This activity has been pursued in East and West, past and present, and its continuation is one of life's great joys and tasks. As Plato tells us Socrates said in defending his own life while on trial before Athens in 399 B.C.: 'to talk about virtue and the other things about which you hear me talking and examining myself and others is the greatest good for humanity, and the unexamined life is not worth living'."  

    -Gary Gabor