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James Faulconer

James Faulconer
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James E. Faulconer (Jim) was born in Missouri and raised as the son of an Army officer. Because of his father’s work, he grew up in Japan, Arkansas, Germany, Texas, Korea, and Massachusetts. Faulconer joined the LDS Church as a teenager in San Antonio, Texas. After serving as a Latter-day Saint missionary in Korea from early 1967 to late 1969, he returned to Brigham Young university. While a student he met and married Janice K. Allen of Herlong, California. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.

Faulconer obtained his BA in English from BYU. Discovering along the way that he wasn't really cut out to be a poet and falling in love with philosophy on the rebound, he took his MA and PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University. Faulconer's philosophical interest is primarily in contemporary European philosophy, particularly that associated with and subsequent to Martin Heidegger, such as one finds in the French phenomenological tradition. Currently, for example, most of his reading and research is in the work of Jean-Luc Marion.

Faulconer has taught in the Philosophy Department at BYU since 1975 and is a former holder of the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding. He is the author of Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions (FARMS 1999), Faith, Philosophy, Scripture (Maxwell Institute 2010), and The Life of Holiness (Maxwell Institute 2012), the latter, like the first, the consequence of his hobby of scripture study.

Faulconer has edited three philosophy books, including Reconsidering Psychology (with Richard N. Williams; Duquesne 1990), Appropriating Heidegger (with Mark A. Wrathall; Cambridge 2000), and Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion (Indiana University 2003). His early publications were in the philosophy of psychology, but most recently his publications have been in journals of Continental philosophy, such as Studia Phaenomenologica and Levinas Studies. Faulconer also publishes regularly in LDS journals on topics concerning scripture study and the philosophy of religion. He was formerly a contributor at the group blog Feast upon the Word.

Faulconer is currently living in England as the Academic Director of BYU's London Centre. His job is to be BYU's agent to sponsor and cosponsor academic lectures and conferences in the UK and on the European continent.

Works by James Faulconer
The School of Mormon Theology, or The Lure of Fame
James Faulconer | October 21, 2015
The desire for a faction or party within a larger whole, a sect in the literal sense, is......
Coram Deo: Prayer and Life
James Faulconer | September 10, 2015
The more my life is a life of prayer, <em>coram Deo</em>, the more my private prayers......
As we move more deeply into the 21st century, there are two major issues we must address......
Gospel: From Problem to Promise
James Faulconer | April 27, 2015
There is no answer to the question of suffering if an answer means an explanation of its......
The Mormon Law of Consecration
James Faulconer | March 12, 2015
Zion may always be in transition and always under revision. Perhaps that is what it......
Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason
James Faulconer | February 18, 2015
The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship,......
Protestant and Catholic Mormons
James Faulconer | January 29, 2015
The danger of identifying too closely with being not-Catholic is that we will forget......
Ralph makes us uncomfortable because he won't quit asking those questions even when we......
Nous Sommes Tous Satiristes Juifs
James Faulconer | January 09, 2015
There's not much more that can be said at times like these....
My Responsibility for Pain: The Bully Within
James Faulconer | December 12, 2014
Every being is inexorably part of the lace of life and creation. Every other person is......