John is native to Arkansas, where he attended the U of A and majored in philosophy, English literature, and German studies. He wrote his senior thesis on Moby Dick, developing a dialectical and lyrical method of analysis in dialogue with Ernst Cassirer, Kierkegaard, and St. Augustine. He received an MA in German studies from Mizzou in 2016. John’s research interests include ontology, hermeneutics, aesthetics, and Catholic theology, which dovetail in his work in sustained reflection on the trope of Gelassenheit. The works of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Ferdinand Ulrich are of special importance to him. John also plays pickup basketball quasi-religiously. He believes that Little Rock and Memphis are home to best amateur hoops in the world.
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