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Drew Chastain

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Full Time)

Drew Chastain
Drew Chastain

My main areas of focus are spirituality and meaning. What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious? How does spirituality relate to aesthetics, morality, law and meaning in life? What do we learn about spirituality from the world's religious and cultural traditions - eastern, western and indigenous? What is respect for the sacred, and can that be understood in secular terms?

Recent Publications

  • "Can Life be Meaningful without Free Will?" Philosophia. 2019. 47 (4). 1069-1086.
  • "Leaving Well Enough Alone: A Review of Michael Hauskeller's Better Humans?, Sex and the Posthuman Condition, and Mythologies of Transhumanism." Ethical Perspectives. 2018. 25 (4). 795-806. (6,000 word book review, with author’s reply)
  • "Liberating Spirit from Santayana’s Spectatorial Spirituality." Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society. 2018. No. 36. Fall. 99-114.
  • "Becoming a Hollow Bone: Lakota Respect for the Sacred." The Philosophy of Spirituality: Analytic, Continental and Multicultural Approaches to a New Field of Philosophy. Eds. Rod Nicholls & Heather Salazar. 2018. Netherlands: Brill | Rodopi. 164-188.
  • "Gifts Without Givers: Secular Spirituality and Metaphorical Cognition." 2017. Sophia. 56 (4): 631-647.


Ph.D., Tulane University

Classes Taught

The Human Person

Making Moral Decisions

Self & the Sacred


The Meaning of Life

Indigenous Philosophy

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Spirituality, Philosophy of Life Meaning, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Language