Jacob Howland

University of Tulsa


Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa, where he has taught since 1988.  He earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1981, where he studied philosophy, history, and literature. His Ph.D. (in philosophy, with a minor in Greek) is from Penn State (1987) His research focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, history, epic, and tragedy; the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud; Kierkegaard; and literary and philosophical responses to the Holocaust. He is the author of Plato and the Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2006); The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates’ Philosophic Trial (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998); and The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy (Twayne Publishers, 1993 and Paul Dry Books, 2004); the last three of these books have been translated into Chinese.  He also edited A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948, by Bob Golan (2005). His most recent book is Glaucon’s Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato’s Republic (Paul Dry Press, 2019).