Jacob Howland

Jacob Howland

McFarlin Professor of PhilosophyChapman Hall 239

Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy and past Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa, where he teaches in the Honors Program as well as in philosophy. He also occasionally teaches courses in ancient Greek. He has written and lectured on the work of Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and Kierkegaard, as well as on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud, and his articles have appeared in leading journals in philosophy, classics, and political science. As of 2011, he had authored four books and one edited book. His research focuses on ancient Greek political philosophy, although he has also published books on Kierkegaard and Socrates and Plato and the Talmud.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. - Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 1987 (Minor: Greek)
  • B.A. - (with Honors) Swarthmore College, 1981

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Instructor in the Humanities (part-time), Pennsylvania State University, January-May, 1986
  • Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, 1981-83, 1984-85

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Association for Jewish Studies

Courses Taught at TU

  • Socrates to Sartre: Ideas that Shaped our World (PHIL 1013)
  • Philosophy and Literature (PHIL 1033)
  • The Great Conversation: Ancient and Medieval (PHIL 1453)
  • Existentialism in the 20th Century (PHIL 2233)
  • Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 3043)
  • Studies in Plato and Aristotle (PHIL 4143)
  • Kierkegaard (PHIL 4603)
  • Greek History, Philosophy and Drama (HON 1003)
  • Self-Fashioning in the Renaissance (HON 1013)
  • Enlightenment and Its Critics (HON 2003)

Awards & Recognition

  • Lucius N. Littauer Foundation Research Grant, 2007
  • Earhart Fellowship Research Grant, 1994, 2007
  • Dennis A. Georges Lecturer, Tulane University, 2006
  • University of Tulsa Multicultural Course Development Grant, 2004
  • Maurice Meyer Distinguished Endowed Lecturer, Rogers State University, 2001
  • University of Tulsa Faculty Development Summer Fellowship, 1989, 90, 92, 93, 99
  • Mortar Board College of Arts and Sciences Leadership, Scholarship, and Service Award, 1998
  • University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award, 1998
  • University of Tulsa College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993
  • Richard M. Weaver Fellowship (Intercollegiate Studies Institute), 1986-87


  • Plato’s Republic and the Voyage of the Soul
    Under contract with Cambridge University Press.
  • Plato and the Talmud
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith.
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2008. Chinese edition, Huaxia Publishing House and Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013.
  • A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948.
    By Bob Golan, edited by Jacob Howland. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005.
  • The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates’ Philosophic Trial.
    Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998.
  • The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy.
    New York: Twayne Publishers (MacMillan), 1993. Reissued by Paul Dry Books, 2004.
  • Primo Levi’s Nostalgia.
    Forthcoming, Society.
  • Plato’s Apology as Tragedy
    Forthcoming, Review of Politics 70.3 (2008).
  • Plato’s Dionysian Music? A Reading of the Symposium.
    Epoché 12.1 (2007), 17-47.
  • Partisanship and the Work of Philosophy in Plato’s Timaeus.
    Review of Politics 69.1 (2007), 1-27.