Dr. James D. Janowski


Dr. James JanowskiProfessor of Philosophy
Morton, 303
(434) 223-6229
jjanowski@hsc.edu

Education

B.A., Colorado State University, 1983; M.A., University of Calgary, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • Theory of Conservation
  • Cultural Heritage

Service to College

  • Hobbie Program Chair, 1997-2015
  • Ethics Bowl Co-Coordinator, 2003-2013
  • Various Committees

Research Interests

Professor Janowski is especially interested in the many philosophical issues that arise in thinking about the conservation, restoration, and preservation of material culture and material cultural heritage (artworks, buildings, sites). He has published a number of essays—see, for example, "Bamiyan, Vandalism, and the Sublime," "Resuscitating Bamiyan's Buddhas? A Dispatch from Dresden, Two Lessons Learned," and "Bringing Back Bamiyan's Buddhas"—and is at work on a book which aims to sort out what should happen at Bamiyan while also addressing the fundamental questions in conservation theory. He has given numerous presentations, both invited talks and conference talks, in the U.S. and abroad. Some of Professor Janowski's presentations have been at the following meetings or places:

Family

  • Wife: Sharon Koehler
  • Children: Izaak, Ava

Other Interests

  • Reading
  • Travel