Richard E. Palmer

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Hermeneutics Philosopher in Residence
MacMurray College

Biographical Information

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Born November 6, 1933, in Phoenix, Arizona. Childhood in Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix, Arizona. Graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1952, but also took courses at Phoenix Junior College in 1951-1953.

Married September 15, 1956 to Bette Louise Wheaton of Redlands, California.  Separated in 1989, when she began a career with Peace Brigades International.  At present, she is founder of SiPaz, a civil rights organization advocating for the Chiapas Indians of Southern Mexico.

Separated 1989 on good terms.  Wife developed a career of her own as a volunteer for Peace Brigades International and then Coordinator of PBI's Central America Project until April, 1999. Presently she lives in Chico, CA.

Children: Kay born Sept. 25, 1957. Presently teacher of Spanish and German, Quincy Junior High and High School, Quincy, IL.

Kent born August 10, 1960. Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Wingate University. Ph.D. 2004 in Information Science, Nova Southeastern U. Kent is also the preparer of these Web pages.

Scott born January 25, 1964. B.A. & M.A. in Psychology, Ph.D. in Human Sciences, 1991, and a second Ph.D. in Counseling, 1996. Chief Psychologist Youth Services--Butte County Behavioral Health in Chico, CA.

 

Educational Background

1953 - A.A. Phoenix Junior College. Concentration in music, liberal arts.       

1955 - B.A. magna cum laude in Music History and Theory, University of Redlands, California. Bachelor's Thesis on harmonic rhythm in Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. 

1956 - M.A. in Comparative European Literature (Spanish, French, German, English)    University of Redlands, Redlands, California.

1959 - Ph.D. in Comparative European Literature, University of Redlands, cooperating with the "Intercollegiate Program of Graduate Studies," centered in Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California.

1964-65 - Postdoctoral Study at the Institute for Hermeneutics of the University of Zürich, Switzerland, and at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

1971-72 - Postdoctoral Study at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Heidelberg.

1991-92 - Postdoctoral Study at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Heidelberg.

1995-96 - Postdoctoral Study at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Heidelberg.

 

Positions Held

1959-64—Assist. Professor of English & Humanities, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

1964-65—ACLS Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship on Hermeneutics in Theology and Philosophy: Gastwissenschaftler, Theological Faculty of U. of Zurich, Switzerland (8 months). Gastwissenschaftler, Philosophical Faculty of U. of Heidelberg, Germany (5 months).

1965-69—Assoc. Prof. of Humanities and Dir. of Core World Lit. Program, MacMurray College.

1969-71—Full Professor of Humanities, Director of Core World Lit. Program, MacMurray College.

1971-72—Gastwissenschaftler, Philosophisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

1972-80—Professor of World Literature and Part-time Professor of Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College.

1976, Spring Quarter—Guest Professor, Humanities Program, U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

1980-91--Full Professor of Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College.       Chair 1980-83, 1984-87, 1989-94.

1991-92—Gastwissenschaftler, Philosophisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

1992-95—Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College.

May ’93—Named to Joseph R. Harker Distinguished Chair in Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College.

1995-96—Gastwissenschaftler, Philosophisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

1993-99—Joseph R. Harker Professor of Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

1999-present—Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion and Scholar-in-Residence, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

2000-2002--Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

2002-2004--Professor for the philosophy sector of the Odyssey Project under the supervision of the Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago, with college credit from Barnard College, New York City.   This is a project offered without charge to poverty-level adults who might want to attend college later on and want to see if they can succeed.  It was held in Springfield, Illinois.  The Odyssey Project is also offered in Chicago. 

2005-on May 6, 2005—Named "President Joseph R. Harker Professor Emeritus of Philosophy" by the Board of Trustees, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

 

Contact information as of 2009:

 

Philosopher in Residence
Box 1085
MacMurray College
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2510
Phone: 217-479-7103 Fax: 217-479-7078

 

E-mail: richard.palmer@mac.edu

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