Associate Professor Ken Howarth

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as happily arranged

Kenneth T. Howarth,

M.A., M.A.E.C., M.A.L.A.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy, Political Science & Religious Studies Coordinator

Chair, Academic Integrity Committee

Faculty Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa Society, Emeritus

Advisor, Philosophy S.P.A. Club

Advisor, Model U.N.

Regular Part-time Lecturer, The College of New Jersey

Periodically Part-time Lecturer at

William Paterson University @ MCCC

Rider University


Office: 609-570-3809
Fax: 609-570-3884
howarthk@mccc.edu

Mail: Mercer County Community College
PO Box B Trenton, NJ 08690

Physical: Liberal Arts Building, Room 175
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

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Summer 2016

A Session

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online  5/23/16-07/01/16

PHI-205-030 Moral Choice

               Online  5/23/16-07/01/16

                          B Session

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online  07/06/16-08/16/16

PHI-205-050 Moral Choice

               Online  07/06/16-08/16/16

Spring 2016

PHI-102-010 Introduction to Philosophy

               MW 900am-1030am LA-126

               1/20/16-5/09/16  (Honors)

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-213

               1/20/16-5/09/16

PHI-102-040 Intro. to Philosophy

              TR 900am-1015am LA-213

              1/20/16-5/09/16

PHI-205-025 Moral Choices

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-213

               1/20/16-5/09/16

PHI-205-010 Moral Choices

               @ JKC Cmapus

               M 600pm-8459m KC-334

               1/20/16-5/09/16

PHI-205-035 Moral Choices

             F 900am-1140am LA213

             1/20/16-5/09/16

Winter 2015-2016

PHI-102-050 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online

               12/21/15-01/27/16

PHI-205-055 Moral Choice

               Online

               12/21/15-01/27/16

Fall 2015

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               R 600pm-940pm CM-159

                8/29/15-12/16/15

PHI-102-060 Introduction to Philosophy

               MW 1030am-1145am LA-207

               8/29/15-12/16/15

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-228

                8/29/15-12/16/15

PHI-204-010 Ethics

               TR 900am-1015am LA210

                8/29/15-12/16/15

PHI-205-050 Moral Choices

               F 900am-1140am LA213

               8/29/15-12/16/15

PHI-210-010 Eastern Philosophy- Honors

               MW 900am-1245pm LA128

               8/29/15-12/16/15

Summer 2015

PHI-102-020 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online

               5/26/15-07/01/15

PHI-205-040 Moral Choice

               Online

               5/26/15-07/01/15

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 900am-1245pm LA-208

               7/08/15-08/13/15

PHI-209-010 Business Ethics

               MW 600-945pm LA-213

               7/08/15-08/13/15  cancelled

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online

                7/08/15-08/13/15

Spring 2015

PHI-102-010 Introduction to Philosophy

               W 600pm-830pm LA-227

               1/20/15-5/16/15

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-208

               1/20/15-5/16/15

PHI-102-070 Intro. to Philosophy (Honors)

              MW 900am-1015am LA-128

              1/20/15-5/16/15

PHI-205-025 Moral Choices

               TR 900am-1245pm LA-225

               1/20/15-5/16/15

PHI-205-035 Moral Choices

              F 900am-1140am LA109

             1/20/15-5/16/15

Winter 2014-2015

PHI-102-050 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online

               12/15/14-01/28/15

PHI-205-055 Moral Choice

               Online

               12/15/14-01/28/15

Fall 2014 Schedule

PHI-102-060 Introduction to Philosophy

               MW 1030am-1145am LA-230

               8/26/14-12/18/14

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-228

                8/26/14-12/18/14

PHI-204-010 Ethics

               TR 900am-1015am LA227

                8/26/14-12/18/14

PHI-204-030 Ethics - Honors

               MW 900am-1245pm LA128

               8/26/14-12/18/14

PHI-205-050 Moral Choices

               F 900am-1140am LA213

               8/26/14-12/18/14

 

Summer 2014 Schedule

B Session

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               Online

               07/09/14-08/14/14

PHI-205-070 Moral Choice

               Online

               07/09/14-08/14/14

                     A session

PHI-205-010 Moral Choices

               TR 900am-1245pm LA-225

               5/27/14-7/1/14

PHI-205-020 Moral Choices

               TR 600pm-940pm LA-230

               5/27/14-7/1/14

Spring 2014 Schedule

PHI-102-020 Introduction to Philosophy

               W 600pm-830pm AD-121

               1/21/14-5/12/14

PHI-102-030 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-219

               1/21/14-5/12/14

PHI-102-070 Intro. to Philosophy (Honors)

              MW 900am-1015am LA-128

              1/21/14-5/12/14

PHI-205-025 Moral Choices

               TR 900am-1245pm LA-225

               1/21/14-5/12/14

PHI-205-035 Moral Choices

              F 900am-1140am LA109

              1/21/14-5/12/14

 

Winter 2013-2014 Schedule

PHI-205-055 Moral Choice

               Online

               12/15/13-1/29/14

PHI-205-060 Moral Choice

               Online

               12/15/13-1/29/14

 

Fall 2013 Schedule

PHI-102-060 Introduction to Philosophy

               MW 1030am-1145am LA-230

               8/27/13-12/10/13

PHI-102-040 Introduction to Philosophy

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-228

                8/27/13-12/10/13

PHI-204-010 Ethics

               TR 900am-1015am LA207

               8/27/13-12/10/13

PHI-205-011 Moral Choices - Honors

               MW 900am-1245pm LA128

               8/27/13-12/10/13

PHI-205-050 Moral Choices

               F 900am-1140am LA213

               8/27/13-12/10/13

 

Summer 2013 Schedule

PHI-205-010 Moral Choices

               TR 900am-1245pm LA225

               5/28/13-6/27/13

PHI-205-020 Moral Choices

               TR 600pm-9040pm LA213

               5/28/13-6/27/13

PHI-204-010 Ethics

               MW 600pm-940pm LA225

               7/10/13-8/12/13

PHI-205-080 Moral Choice

               Online

               7/10/13-8/12/13

Spring 2013 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 107186

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-219

                1/22/13-5/13/13

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 107187

               MW 900am-1015am LA--219

               1/22/13-5/13/13

PHI-205 Moral Choices  107193

               F 900am-1140am LA-109

               1/22/13-5/13/13

PHI-205 Moral Choices  109360

               WF 115pm-315pm Jamesburg

                2/25/13-5/31/13     Corrections

PHI-205 Moral Choices  107422

               W 600pm-840pm JKC-334

                1/22/13-5/13/13

PHI-210 Eastern Philosophy 108381

               TR 900am-1015am LA-128

               1/22/13-5/13/13   Honors

Winter

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy

              Online 107625

              12/17/12-1/25/13

Fall 2012 Schedule

PHI102 Introduction to Philosophy

              Online  103201 HS Honors Cohort

              8/25/12-12/20/12

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 104610

(Honors)MW 900am-1015am LA-128

               8/25/12-12/20/12

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 104156

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-228

               8/25/12-12/20/12

PHI-204 Ethics 104156

               T 900-1015am LA-224

               R 90-1015am BS-208A

               8/25/12-12/20/12

PHI-205 Moral Choices 104160

               F 9-1140am LA-213

               8/25/12-12/20/12

Summer 2012 Schedule

PHI102 Introduction to Philosophy

              Online  102162

              A Session 5/21-6/27/12

PHI205 Moral Choices

              Online 102165

              A Session 5/21-6/27/12

PHI204 Ethics

            Mon/Wed 6-940pm LA225

            B Session 7/5-8/9/12

             

PHI205 Moral Choices

              Online 102337

              B Session 7/5-8/9/12

Spring 2012 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 099850

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-219

                1/23/12-5/11/12

PHI-113 Logic 099853

               MW 1030am-1145am LA--219

               1/23/12-5/11/12

PHI-205 Moral Choices  099860

               M 900am-1015am LA-228

               W 900am-1015am LA-229

               1/23/12-5/11/12

PHI-205 Moral Choices  099856

               T 900am-1015am LA-231

               R 900am-1015am LA-228

               1/23/12-5/11/12

PHI-205 Moral Choices  100101

               W 600pm-840pm JKC-150

               1/23/12-5/11/12

Winter 2011-12 Schedule

PHI-205 Moral Choices 100302

               Online

               12/19/10-1/27/12

Fall 2011 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 096733

               MW 1030am-1145am LA-208

                8/27/11-12/12/11

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 096730

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-228

               8/27/11-12/12/11

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 097732

               Online Angel - H.S. Cohort

                8/27/11-12/12/11

PHI-204 Ethics 96734

               TR 900-1015am LA-225

               8/27/11-12/12/11

PHI-205 Moral Choices  097737 Honors

               MW 900-1015am LA-128

                8/27/11-12/12/11

PHI-205 Moral Choices  096736

               T 705-945pm  LA-109

               8/27/11-12/12/11

Spring 2011 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 094756

               MW 900am-1015am LA-219

               1/24/11-5/16/11

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 094756

 Honors  M 1030am-1145am BS-208A

               W 1030am-1145am AD-107

               1/24/11-5/16/11

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 092904

               TR 1030am-1145am LA-219

               1/24/11-5/16/11

PHI-205 Moral Choices  092908

               T 900am-1015am LA-231

               R 900am-1015am LA-228

               8/30/10-12/21/10

PHI-205 Moral Choices  092908

               F 900am-1140am LA-109

               1/24/11-5/16/11

Winter 2010-11 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 093689

               Online

               12/20/10-1/28/11

PHI-205 Moral Choices  093237

               Online

               12/20/10-1/28/11

Fall 2010 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 090537

               M 1030am-1115am LA-208

               W 1030am-1115am BS-213

               8/30/10-12/21/10

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 090536

               Online - Lawrence HS cohort only

               8/30/10-12/21/10

PHI-204 Ethics 09006

               T 900am-1015am AD-107

               R 900am-1015am BS-307

               8/30/10-12/21/10

PHI-205 Moral Choices  090070

               F 900am-1140am

               8/30/10-12/21/10

PHI-210 Eastern Philosophy 090618

               M & W 900-1015am BS-208A

               8/30/10-12/21/10

Summer 2010 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 088558

               MW 900am-1240pm LA-213

               5/24/10-6/30/10  A session

PHI-205 Moral Choices 88092

               Online

               5/24/10-6/30/10  A session

PHI-205 Moral Choices 88562

               TR 6-940pm LA205

               7/1/10-8/16/10  B session

PHI-205 Moral Choices 88239

               Online

               7/1/10-8/16/10  B session

Spring 2010 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 086276

               TR 1030-1145am LA-219

               1/25/10-5/17/10

PHI-113 Logic 086279

               MW 9-1015am LA219

               1/25/10-5/17/10

PHI-204 Ethics 085785

               M 705-945pm LA-207

               1/25/10-5/17/10

PHI-205 Moral Choices 085787

               TR 9-1015am LA-227

               1/25/10-5/17/10

PHI-205 Moral Choices 086281

               F 9-1145am LA-227

               1/25/10-5/17/10

PHI-209 Business Ethics 86461

               W 6-945pm LA-230

               3/1/10-5/17/10

Winter 2009-2010 Schedule

PHI-205 Moral Choices 086130

               Online

               12/21/09-2/1/10

PHI-205 Moral Choices 086638

               Online

               12/21/09-2/1/10

Fall 2009 Schedule

PHI-102 Introduction to Philosophy 082534

               TR 1030-1145am LA-204

               8/31-12/16/09

PHI-113 Logic 082539 CANCELLED

               T 705-945pm ET-219

               8/31-12/16/09

PHI-204 Ethics 082957

               T 9-10-1145am AD-107

               R 9-10-1145am BS-307

               8/31-12/16/09

PHI-205 Moral Choices 082540 (Added)

               T 705-945pm LA-109

               8/31-12/16/09

PHI-205 Moral Choices 082541

               MW 9-1015am AD-119

               8/31-12/16/09

PHI-205 Moral Choices 082959

               F 9-1140am MS-205

               8/31-12/16/09

 

 

 

 

Ken Howarth has been teaching at Mercer since 2004, first as an adjunct assistant professor, then fulltime beginning in 2009.

He has three graduate degrees: one in the (Western) Liberal Arts (classics) from St. John’s College in Maryland, another in Eastern (Asian) Classics from St. John’s College in New Mexico, and the third in contemporary philosophy from Claremont Graduate University in California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College in North Carolina. He also graduated from The Lawrenceville School. His dissertation research, under Professor Charles Young at Claremont, centered on virtue ethics and epistemology, specifically with respect to the relationship between ends/goals, rational intuition and practical reasoning.

Professor Howarth received specific training in the scholarship of teaching. He completed Claremont's longstanding Philosophy Teaching Practica Certificate program and competed for two selective programs, Preparing Future Faculty Fellows and Professional Teacher Training Program Scholars,. Both of these programs are coordinated and modeled with other PFF programs across the country, with classes run by Dr. Laurie Richlin with weekly seminars, guest speakers, faculty-reviewed teaching and conference presentations providing a well-rounded practical introduction to three key faculty performance areas: teaching, scholarship and service—all with respect to sound student outcomes and tenure issues.

 

His area of specialty is ethics and practical reasoning, especially character/virtue-based, with history of philosophy, especially anceint, philosophy of science, especially regarding time, teaching philosophy & ethics, not just Western philosophy, and American pragmatism & distincly process philosophy being other key concentrations. Aristotle, Whitehead and Zhuangzi are chief influences on his thought. He came to philosophical study through his informal but consulting and immersive study of world religious texts, communities and practices, initially to balance with his yen for the mystical traditions' practices. Though formally schooled in both analytic and continental, and antecedent camps, with heterodox Western and Chinese, Indian and other so-called "southern" (world) traditions besides, the typical labels don't readily adhere.

He tends to frame discourse as a progressive preservative: historically, but with respect, not reverence; continuity tuned by change. Getting and letting un-, re- and ad-dressing the true and the false, the right and the wrong, the present and the absent. And he's suspicious of the unpresented hybrid teleology he expects, yet confident that he is only nearly completely and bewilderingly lost. He's a bit old school: less about knowledge than wisdom; not so much a research university philosopher, but a county one - perhaps more Socratic than professorial; phronesis with, not after, episteme & sophia; more about engaging with than settling on how to live (well). To mean living.

Besides Mercer, he has taught undergraduate & graduate philosophy, religion and humanities courses at The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University at Camden, William Paterson University, Montclair State University, Rowan University, Rider University, Bucks County College, Felician College, Burlington County College, California State University at San Bernardino, LaVerne University and Cerritos College.

He is a member of the American Philosophical Association - serving on the Publilc Philosophy & Rethinking the Canon Committees, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Association for informal Logic and Critical Thinking, Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, Association for Core Texts and Courses i& Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Ken is a former army officer, business owner, company division and department head working in operations, sales, production, transportation and accounting, store manager, as well as a community center director.

Ken was a top age group swimmer, had a better than decent jump shot, an adept spiker and dinker - with state championships in each of these sports, a mediocre trumpeter, an ambidexterous ultimate handler, a slow inside prop, a 3" platform heels disco dancer, and a baseball player whose talent diminished annually. He was also a Piedmont-trailed Eagle Scout, steeped in literary and science fiction, his Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter's Outstanding Senior, then Alumni Board President, youth softball and football coach, a Marvel comics collector, youth group advisor, solo National Parks hiker & camper. These days he's more the avid, cliched whale enthusiast and catching up on written-during-my-lifespan quality literature, a sometimes digeridoo hack, an interlocutor with an ear towards screw the comfortable and familiar for altering & affecting substantive topics, and an ever companion to his Boston Terriers, among other critters.

Having lived in an octopus of states and slightly world travelled, he grew up here in Mercer County as a son to two terrifically exemplary people and parents - both PK's; a sibling to a brother and a sister, both transcontextually smart and successful persons; and is married to a heartful and reflexive coach of a woman, who was the first only girl to turn his whole head in grade school, and too to two boys busy becoming excelling and caring men.