Philosophy Faculty and Staff

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.; Friday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m; or by appointment

Due to the risks of COVID-19, my office hours this semester will 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



Personal Summary


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Research Interests

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



Field of Study

Selected Publications

"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. 




Specialized Skills

Home Department

Area of Expertise

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Professional Experience

International Experience