Greg Hotchkiss, RVCC Humanities Dept.

Gregory Hotchkiss

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy

Humanities, Social Sciences & Education

e-mail: ghotchki@raritanval.edu





  • Th.D., General Theological Seminary, Anglican Studies
  • Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology
  • M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary, Divinity
  • B.A., Thomas Edison State College, Religion



Educational Philosophy

When it comes to teaching philosophy, ethics, and religion, I take Aristotle’s dictum as both a method and a goal: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” In the study of the various branches of philosophy, students must delve into fundamental questions about life and reality from a multiplicity of perspectives. It can sometimes be a very demanding mental trip through what can seem like the “literature of the weird”, the mysterious in the everyday, and the rigorous arguments of a questioning philosopher. In my philosophy courses, I aim to help students learn to recognize and critique philosophical ideas and principles as well as finding practical relevance and personal or social ramifications for what is learned.



Courses Taught at RVCC

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 101)
  • World Religions (PHIL 105)
  • Current Moral and Social Issues (PHIL 106)
  • Ethics (PHIL114)



Publications and Papers

  • March 2001, Anglican and Episcopal History (Journal): “Democratic Catholicity: The Revolutionary William White”
  • Numerous articles on religion in the publications of various denominations.
  • 1996 – A Response to a poem by William Wordsworth “The World Is Too Much With Us” – published in Nota Bene: Raritan Valley Community College, Works of Art & Writing from across the Disciplines, Volume 2



Current areas of interest and research

  • Naturalism in the Philosophy of Spinoza
  • The Place of Coercion in Pacifist Christian Sects
  • Guitar and Voice



last modified 3/19/2013 by HJS