James Keller - Featured Gradudate

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James Keller

Columbia, SC

"Studying at Harrison Middleton has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. One learns to read more intelligently by asking interpretive questions and relying on the text for answers. The process of shared inquiry keeps the mind from becoming an echo chamber and opens up the text through the insights and questions of others. I am eager to resume my studies with HMU." 
James Keller

James was working in fast food when he began reading philosophy as a way to enrich his life.  He began with Plato’s Apology and soon found himself drawn in toward the world of ideas.  He was taken with the question: “What makes a good life?”  The more he contemplated this question, the more he wished to study it with others.  Eventually he decided to attend college with the hope of one day teaching and making a lifetime of studying the good life with others.

James is the father of two beautiful girls.  They spend their days learning together.  At night, he studies on his own.  His wife is a soldier of whom he is exceedingly proud. James completed his Bachelor of Philosophy and Religion at Harrison Middleton University in August 2015.

James’ capstone project consisted of a dialogue regarding the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  Relying on classic rabbinic commentaries, it explored what was the purpose of the prohibition to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  It also explored themes such as temptation and repentance, while serving to display the process of shared inquiry.

James began the Master of Arts program at Harrison Middleton University in January.  He looks forward to continuing his studies in philosophy and religion. 

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