Michael Ruse - Coastal Carolina University
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Michael Ruse

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Contact Michael Ruse
843-349-2548 mruse@coastal.edu

Penny Hall 357

Spring 2023 Office Hours
Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays 9:00 - 10:00am
Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00pm 
*Please email for an appointment. 

But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence, . . . illusion only is sacred, truth profane" --Feuerbach


Michael S. Ruse joined the faculty at Coastal Carolina University in 1998 and has held a variety of administrative posts including Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (2008-2011), Chair of the Faculty Senate (2008-2011), Associate Provost (2011-2014), Director of the University Honors Program (2013-2018), and Associate Dean of University College (2014-2018). He holds PhD. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the Stony Brook University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He also served as President of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy (2005-2006).


Ph.D. in Philosophy, Stony Brook University (1991) 
M.A. in Philosophy, Stony Brook University (1988) 
B.A. in Philosophy, Northwestern University (1984)

Intersting Facts

Before coming to Coastal he held the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (1993-1998).

Teaching Areas

Philosophy of Technology, Existentialism, Social and Political Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Continental and American Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy

Research Areas

Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, Henri Bergson, History of Philosophy