Dr. Mancha

Dr. Louis Mancha

Chair
Associate Professor
Building: 
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Office Number: 
202
Department: 
Phone: 
419.289.5894

Bio

Dr. Louis A. Mancha, Jr. is an associate professor of philosophy, specializing in medieval and early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion.  He received his B.A. from Rice University, and his M.A. and PhD. from Purdue University.  He is the current chair of the Philosophy Department at Ashland University (Since summer 2014).  Dr. Mancha has delivered papers at several national and state conferences, including meetings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Maritain Society, the Midwest Conference in Medieval Philosophy and the Ohio Philosophical Association.

Since the Fall of 2003, Dr. Mancha has taught 13 different courses, four of which have variable preparations (Phil 208, Phil 204, Phil 350 (Science as a Cultural Force, an interdisciplinary course which is team taught with a member of the science faculty) and Phil 450: Great Philosophers).

"The word 'educate' comes from the Latin infinitive, educare, which means primarily 'to lead or draw out.'  To educate a person is thus not to give them some skills for a job (though it may do that), but to draw something out of them.  What educators attempt to do is challenge their students--to draw out of their discipuli (those who 'discipline themselves') the right kinds of judgments and the right kinds of choices--so they may become the best version of themselves.  A true educator helps his/her student to become a better human being.  This is a basic and necessary aspect of human flourishing.  This is what Philosophy is all about, and this is what I try to do for my students, each and every day."

Education

Ph.D. from Purdue University
M.A. from Purdue University
B.A. from Rice University

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Events

Sep
28
The Mental Health and Recovery Board and Ashland Center for...Read more
Oct
8
This Naturlist on Duty program will focus on observation and...Read more
Oct
9
Ashland University Department of Music presents a faculty recital with...Read more