Norris Frederick, Ph.D.

Norris Frederick

Professor, Philosophy & Religion Department

James A. Jones Chair of Philosophy and Religion


Dr. Norris Frederick is the James A. Jones Chair of Philosophy and Religion. His major interests in teaching philosophy include ethics, the philosophy of religion and philosophy as a way of life, including existentialism and pragmatism. Dr. Frederick publishes a philosophy blog, Philosophy for Living Today.

He served Queens for five years as vice president for academic affairs and three years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Frederick has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at UCLA, where he studied linguistics. He is a past board member of the Bioethics Resource Group, which worked to educate professionals and the general public on health care issues, and of the Ethics Committee at Hospice of Charlotte.

He is a frequent presenter to the public on topics related to ethics, religion, and society. Recent presentations have included “Faith and Reason: The Ecstasy of the Appalachian Serpent-Handlers,” “Religion and Politics,” a debate on “The Philosophical and Moral Foundations of Capitalism,” and “College Students and Religion Today.”

For several years, Dr. Frederick has been working on the philosophy of the American pragmatist William James. He has presented at the National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, “William James, Talks to Teachers, and Healthy-Mindedness,” and “William James Visits North Carolina: ‘On A Certain Blindness in Human Beings’ -- James and Serpent-Handlers in those North Carolina Mountains,” and “William James and Swami Vivekananda: Religious Experience and Vedanta/Yoga in America” at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. The latter topic was also published in William James Studies, Volume 9, Spring, 2013.


Ph.D., M.A., University of Georgia
A.B., Davidson College

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