Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
B.A. in Philosophy from Creighton University, 2005
Dr. Harper’s primary research areas are 19th Century Philosophy, Ethics, and philosophy of sport. He is the author of Sport Realism: A Law-Inspired Theory of Sport. Click Here. Which defends a theory of sport and applies this to philosophical and ethical issues in sport. He has also published on the fairness of playoffs and the nature of collegiate sports.
Dr. Harper also works on Friedrich Nietzsche, specifically on matters of moral psychology and the nature of value and normative assessment in Nietzsche’s work. His publications explore Nietzsche’s ideas of nihilism, value, and political philosophy. Dr. Harper’s other research interests include political philosophy and ancient philosophy, especially the interpretation of Socrates and Hellenistic philosophy.
Outside the academy, Dr. Harper can often be found running and hiking on local trails. He is an avid fan of all baseball, and the Kansas City Royals in particular. He enjoys reading ancient and 19th –20th Century history and literature, and watching many television comedies.