Professor David Kyle Johnson, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Professor David Kyle Johnson
  • King's College
  • University of Oklahoma
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We can always take comfort in the fact that we can find and do embrace answers to metaphysical questions.

Dr. David Kyle Johnson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.

At Oklahoma, he won the coveted Kenneth Merrill Graduate Teaching Award. In 2011, the American Philosophical Association’s committee on public philosophy gave him an award for his ability to make philosophy accessible to the general public.

Professor Johnson regularly teaches classes on metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and logic, as well as courses on critical thinking and scientific reasoning. He has published papers on human freedom, the problem of natural evil, the multiverse, the existence of souls, and many related topics in such journals as Religious Studies, Sophia, Philo, Philosophy and Literature, and Think. He also maintains two blogs for Psychology Today.

Professor Johnson also publishes prolifically on the intersection of pop culture and philosophy. One of his books, Inception and Philosophy: Because It’s Never Just a Dream, inspired an authors@Google talk with more than half-a-million YouTube views. He also has written numerous articles that explore the relationship between philosophical questions and such pop cultural phenomena as The Hobbit, Doctor Who, Batman, South Park, Johnny Cash, Quentin Tarantino, and Christmas.

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18 Courses and Sets

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18 Courses and Sets

  1. Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy Sale

    Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

    David Kyle Johnson
    4.8 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $34.95 $79.95 $34.95$79.95
    In Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy David Kyle Johnson, of King’s College, takes you on a 24-lecture exploration of the final frontiers of philosophy across several decades of science fiction in film and television. See how science fiction allows us to consider immense, vital—and sometimes controversial—ideas with a rare combination of engagement and critical distance.
  2. The Big Questions of Philosophy

    The Big Questions of Philosophy

    David Kyle Johnson
    4 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (65)
    Starting at $219.95 Starting at $219.95 $384.95 $219.95$384.95
    We have all pondered seemingly unanswerable but significant questions about our existence: Why are we here? What is knowledge? Does God exist? There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world’s greatest minds have analyzed these questions and reasoned out potential solutions. The final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.
  3. Exploring Metaphysics

    Exploring Metaphysics

    David Kyle Johnson
    3.6 out of 5
    58% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (56)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $199.95 $149.95$199.95
    What comes to mind when you hear the word “metaphysics”? The truth is, while metaphysics is among the oldest strands of philosophical thought—an inquiry into the very nature of reality—metaphysics is also on the cutting edge of today’s scientific discoveries. Now you can take a journey through the limits of today’s knowledge in Exploring Metaphysics. Professor David Kyle Johnson identifies our...
  4. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Great Ideas of Philosophy Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Great Ideas of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $1,009.90 $519.90$1,009.90
    Big questions and great ideas have given life to one of the greatest human endeavors: philosophy. Study some of the most provocative thinkers, debates, and ideas with this two-course set. Start with The Big Questions of Philosophy and consider the quandaries that have baffled the greatest thinkers of all time. Then examine history's greatest theological and ethical debates with Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition.
  5. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Modern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Modern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $469.90 $349.90$469.90
  6. (Set) Sci-Phi & Screenwriting 101 Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Screenwriting 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Get to know your favorite movies like never before, or discover new gems with this two-course set. Join an award-winning philosopher on an intellectual journey through time and space as you experience dozens of intriguing science fiction stories in film and TV with Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. Then, discover not only how to write a script, but how to tell a great story that moves audiences—the ultimate...
  7. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & The Philosopher's Toolkit Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & The Philosopher's Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives. Explore the fundamentals of philosophy with this two-course set. Start by examining the quandaries that have baffled the greatest minds of all time with The Big Questions of Philosophy. Then, gain the tools and skills to become a better thinker—learn to simplify problems, think more creatively, and make better decisions with The Philosopher’s Toolkit.
  8. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines  Set

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $279.90 $279.90$279.90
  9. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & 12 Essential Scientific Concept Set

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & 12 Essential Scientific Concept

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $279.90 $279.90$279.90
    Engage your mind with this enthralling set of courses. Begin by exploring metaphysics, and understanding the oldest strand of philosophical thought –an inquiry into the very nature of reality itself. Then, delve into the twelve core concepts that any student of scientific inquiry needs to understand, from the miracle of life to making order out of chaos.
  10. (Set) Sci-Phi & The Big Questions of Philosophy Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & The Big Questions of Philosophy

    David Kyle Johnson
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Science fiction has always addressed the big questions of philosophy and this two-course set introduces you to both. Philosophy is the search for truth. See how that truth can be best discovered through the lens of science fiction in Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. Then, The Big Questions of Philosophy gives you direct contact with classic problems that philosophers have grappled with over the centuries.
  11. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Exploring Metaphysics Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Exploring Metaphysics

    David Kyle Johnson
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $484.90 $369.90$484.90
    People who love to think can’t miss this two-course set that gets to the heart of profound philosophical questions, answers, and views. Start by examining the quandaries that have baffled the greatest minds of all time with The Big Questions of Philosophy. Then, delve deeply into the very nature of reality with one of the oldest—and most cutting-edge—strands of philosophical thought in Exploring Metaphysics.
  12. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $469.90 $349.90$469.90
    Examine some of the biggest and deepest questions about the problems and challenges of human life with this thoughtful course set. First, in Exploring Metaphysics, explore the nature of reality, free will, consciousness, the relationship between the mind and the brain, and even the possibility of time travel. Then, in The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions, ponder how...
  13. (Set) Sci-Phi & How Great Science Fiction Works Set on sale

    (Set) Sci-Phi & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $57.90 $133.90 $57.90$133.90
    Science fiction fans, literature and philosophy students, and just those interested in how fiction reflects reality will love this two-course set. Join an award-winning philosopher on an intellectual journey through time and space as you experience dozens of intriguing science fiction stories in film and TV with Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. Then, How Great Science Fiction Works reveals the qualities that...
  14. (Set) Sci-Phi & Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Take a deep dive into the deeper questions pop culture poses with this two course set. Join an award-winning philosopher on an intellectual journey through time and space as you experience dozens of intriguing science fiction stories in film and TV in Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. Then, plunge into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts with Great Utopian and...
  15. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Philosophy of Mind Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy & Philosophy of Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    History's most profound thinkers have spent their lives attempting to answer deceptively simple questions. Examine these discussions with this two-course set. Start with The Big Questions of Philosophy to consider the quandaries that have baffled the greatest thinkers of all time. Then, contemplate how we think and what exactly what the mind is, from a philosophical point of view, with Philosophy of Mind.