“Tonight at 9pE on After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted radio, hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen discuss philosophy and the paranormal; and the culture, history, and aesthetics of ghost stories with Dr. Timothy Weldon, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
Philosophy and the paranormal may not seem like close relatives, but many aspects of philosophy — including metaphysics, epistemology (the study and theory of knowledge) and logical thinking in general — are very relevant to any serious study of the paranormal.
In addition, Prof Weldon is the author of the newly published Haunted Beauty: Aesthetics and Mindfulness in the Traditional Ghost Story. This entertaining and informative work explores the relationship between one of the longest and most popular themes in world literature, ghosts, and the relationship between ghosts and atmosphere, specifically beauty and the sublime, in those stories.
With erudite and expansive treatment, Weldon engages key examples of ghost stories from the Western literary canon. His analysis explores how the universal qualities of aesthetics and humanity’s self-awareness allow the supernatural to retain its significant place in literature and everyday life. This book makes for a great companion for courses in the horror genre, or a delightful and engaging read for the avid horror fan,” raves Dr. Timothy Milinovich, Assistant Professor of Theology, Dominican University, IL.
A native Californian, Weldon has taught at USF since 2001. He is the author of To Be Filled with Wonder: The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Subtle Wisdom: John Duns Scotus’s Philosophy of the Human Person, Faring Homeward: The Philosophy of Antoine de Saint-Exupery… and now, Haunted Beauty: Aesthetics and Mindfulness in the Traditional Ghost Story. His fiction includes a small collection of short stories entitled Inspired: The Adventures