Richard Wiebe

Associate Professor of Philosophy
McDonald Hall, Room 209


M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Fresno Pacific College

Scholarly Interests

My current research is a comparison of Zen Buddhist, Navajo and Anabaptist ethical traditions.

Professional and Service Experience

  • I was appointed to a "mixed-use" consortium representing the Sierra Club to the city of Merced in 2009.
  • I have taught for over 30 years at Fresno Pacific University. My emphasis in philosophy is the period since 1800. Philosophers emphasized in my courses are Socrates, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein, Rorty and Nussbaum.
  • Every May I reside in Flagstaff, Arizona, and do research on Navajo ethics and philosophy in the library and anthropological archives at the Museum of Northern Arizona where I am a research associate.
  • I am active in Yosemite National Park policy decisions serving on the Yosemite Committee of the Sierra Club, as an appointment of the National Park Service to the Yosemite Regional Area Transportation System, and serving on the LeConte Memorial Lodge committee, the Sierra Club's education center in Yosemite Valley.

Publications and Presentations

  • Discussed his class, American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy, in "Gender Dynamics in Action: Social Justice Projects in/at/around a Christian University" panel session co-led by Wiebe and Cynthia Ovando-Knutson, Spanish faculty, at Conversations Toward Wholeness: Creating and Sustaining Climates in Which Women & Men Flourish in Christian Higher Education, CCCU conference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, April 2008
  • "Gary Snyder: The Practice of the Wild" and "Terry Tempest Williams: Refuge, an Unnatural History of Family and Place," presentations at the Sierra Club education center in Yosemite Valley, LeConte Memorial Lodge, September 2008
  • Research, papers and publications are on Navajo philosophy and ethics and American wilderness philosophers.

Recommended Resources

Other Information

I am a movie buff, hike in the wilderness and the deserts of the southwest, and enjoy white water rafting.