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Marmysz, John A


Main Office: AC 330
Phone Ext: 7334
Email: JMarmysz@marin.edu
Homepage: marmysz.wordpress.com/
COM Main Numbers: (415) 457-8811
  (415) 883-2211

Organizational UnitPosition
English and HumanitiesInstructor
English and HumanitiesTemporary Faculty Instrl

Current and Future Courses
TermSection (CRN)CourseDatesDaysTimeCampusRoom
Fall 2021 80543 PHIL 110 - Introduction to Philosophy 08/21/21-12/17/21 OA ONLINE
81068 PHIL 110 - Introduction to Philosophy 08/21/21-12/17/21 OA ONLINE
81365 PHIL 110 - Introduction to Philosophy 08/21/21-12/10/21 MW 09:40 AM-11:00 AM OS ONLINE
83316 PHIL 111 - Introduction to Ethics 08/21/21-12/17/21 OA ONLINE
81070 PHIL 112 - Introduction to Logic 08/21/21-12/10/21 TuTh 11:10 AM-12:30 PM OS ONLINE
83254 PHIL 118 - Aesthetics 08/21/21-12/10/21 MW 11:10 AM-12:30 PM OS ONLINE

About me
I attended College of Marin from 1982 to 1984 before transferring to San Francisco State University, where I earned a BA in sociology, an MA in philosophy and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking. After working as a part-time college instructor in and around the Bay Area for 5 years, I enrolled in graduate school at The State University of New York at Buffalo and, in 2000, earned my Ph.D. in philosophy. From 2000 to 2005, I taught at Corning Community College, in Corning New York. In the Fall of 2005 I was happy to return to the Bay Area in order to teach at the College of Marin.

My Philosophy
My philosophical interests center on the problem of nihilism and its cultural manifestations. I am the author of The Nihilist's Notebook (Moralinefree Publishing, 1996), Laughing at Nothing: Humor as a Response to Nihilism (SUNY Press, 2003), The Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder and Distress (Wadsworth, 2012), The Nihilist: A Philosophical Novel (No Frills Buffalo, 2015), and Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). I am the coeditor (with Scott Lukas) of Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade (Lexington Books, 2009). I have also written articles and reviews for various journals including Film and Philosophy, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Film-Philosophy, The Journal of Popular Culture and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. I also serve as an assistant editor for the Philosophy of Humor Yearbook (de Gruyter).

I am a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award For Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity and I have served as an NEH fellow.

Additional Information
In addition to writing, reading, philosophizing and teaching, I enjoy running, hiking, watching horror movies, riding my motorcycle and singing in a punk rock band.