Eric Noe Wins Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award for 2015

Eric Noe Wins Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award for 2015

Eric Noe, a graduating senior majoring in philosophy, is this year’s winner of the Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award for 2015. The award is given to the student who writes the best senior philosophy thesis based on the determination of a committee of at least five members of the EKU Philosophy and Religion Department faculty. Noe’s thesis, Concerning the Free Spirit and the Problem of Consciousness, takes up Friedrich Nietzsche’s charge to the new philosophers to translate man back into nature. According to Noe’s thesis, “The biggest obstacle that the free spirit must overcome is ‘self-consciousness.’” Dr. Ron Messerich of the Philosophy and Religion Department was the faculty advisor for Noe's thesis.

The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. James Robert Miller, long-time chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department, who taught at EKU from 1971 until his retirement in 2001 and is fondly remembered as a terrific teacher, tenacious debater, and practical joker who kept his campus colleagues always on their toes with his antics. Dr. Miller was also active in the EKU Faculty Senate, serving many years as its parliamentarian. The fund that supports the award is sustained by multiple donors and gifts to EKU in his name. Thanks to the profound generosity of Donald K. Miller, Dr. Miller’s brother, the monetary prize that accompanies the award each year has been increased from $100 to $500.

The Philosophy and Religion Department sponsored a reception on Friday, May 15, 2015 to celebrate the inauguration of the Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award and to present the award to Noe as its first recipient. Many of Dr. Miller’s family and friends from across campus and across the country were present.

Published on May 28, 2015

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