George W. Shields is the 2000-2001 University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and Chairperson of the Division of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. He also serves as Professorial Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Louisville, where he has taught graduate level health care ethics and law at the Health Sciences campus. He holds the PhD from The University of Chicago, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the philosophy of Charles Hartshorne. He has done further study at Oxford University, England.
A specialist in process philosophy with a particular interest in both process and analytic approaches to philosophy of religion and science-religion studies, Dr. Shields is a recent President of the American Academy of Religion Southeast (the AAR’s largest division) and a past President of the Kentucky Philosophical Association. He won a Templeton International Science and Religion Course Competition award in 1997. He also has strong interest in such fields as formal and philosophical logic, philosophy of science, physical cosmology, history of modern philosophy, philosophy of technology, and ethics. He has published some 100 articles, reviews, and critical studies in a wide variety of scholarly books and peer-reviewed professional journals, including (among many others): The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, The Modern Schoolman, Process Studies, Religious Studies, Sophia, and the Southern Journal of Philosophy.
He has served as editor of Process Studies Special Issues on Analytic Philosophy (1996 – the commemorative volume in honor of Hartshorne’s 100th birthday) and Philosophy of Technology (2002). He is co-author and editor or co-editor of six books, including Process and Analysis: Whitehead, Hartshorne, and the Analytic Tradition (SUNY Press, 2003) and Science, Technology, and Religious Ideas (University Press of America, 1994). With historian of science Mark Shale, he has edited 16 volumes of Institute for Liberal Studies conference proceedings on topics in Science and Culture. Dr. Shields has delivered more than 80 scholarly papers at a wide range of international scholarly conferences as well as meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Kentucky Philosophical Association, Center for Process Studies and numerous other professional venues, including the Visiting Distinguished Philosophers Program at Manhattanville College. He was twice selected as an NEH lecturer at faculty training institutes, and is on the International Advisory Board of Process Studies.