Philosophy Contacts

Paul Muench

Paul Muench

Professor of Philosophy

Home Department: Philosophy
Office: LA 151
Fax: (406) 243-4076
Office Hours:

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; or by appointment

Due to the risks of COVID-19, my office hours this semester will normally be offered remotely using Zoom. I will not be live on Zoom on my scheduled days, however, unless someone has reserved a time slot ahead of time to meet with me.

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Current Position

Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy



Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy; History of Analytic Philosophy; Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Literature and Film


Selected Publications

Review of The Philosophy of Henry Thoreau, Lester H. Hunt (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) in Ethics 131(3) (April 2021), 615-620.

"Socrates, Religion and Riddles" (with Kelly Dean Jolley), The Sound of Thinking Podcast (August 6, 2020).

“Pursuing Kierkegaard,” Interview with Richard Marshall, 3:16 (May 17, 2019)

“Andreas Frederik Beck's Review of Kierkegaard’s On the Concept of Irony,” Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, eds. Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart, and Karl Verstrynge (de Gruyter, 2018), 359-395. 

“Thinking Death into Every Moment: The Existence-Problem of Dying in Kierkegaard’s Postscript,” Kierkegaard and Death, eds. Patrick Stokes and Adam Buben (Indiana University Press, 2011), 101-121. 

“Kierkegaard’s Socratic Pseudonym: A Profile of Johannes Climacus,” Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide, ed. Rick Anthony Furtak (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 25-44. 

“Socratic Irony, Plato’s Apology, and Kierkegaard’s On the Concept of Irony,” Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, eds. Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Hermann Deuser, and K. Brian Söderquist (de Gruyter, 2009), 71-125. 

“Kierkegaard’s Socratic Point of View,” A Companion to Socrates, eds. Sara Ahbel-Rappe and Rachana Kamtekar (Blackwell, 2006; rev. ed. 2009), 389-405.