David Fisher of Naperville, teaches the first and last courses in the College’s History of Ideas Program—an interdisciplinary minor engaging faculty and students in study and debate of major ideas and intellectual problems through ancient to modern times. Specializing in ethics, philosophy of law and the history of ideas, Fisher teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses and seminars including professional ethics for teachers, biomedical ethics and corporate social responsibility.
Fisher joined the North Central faculty in 1988; a lecturer on corporate and social responsibility, as well as religion and philosophy, he has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer in Pristina, Kosovo; Skopje, Macedonia, and London. A member of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and on its journal editorial board; the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy; and the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Fisher holds numerous honors for exemplary teaching and scholarship, including the Clarence S. Dissinger Award for excellence in teaching.
Among his many publications are forthcoming titles in the Modern Languages Association’s Options for Teaching Literature and Law and On Philosophy in American Law. Fisher is also an Episcopal priest active in the Diocese of Chicago and services as assisting clergy at Saint James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago. He holds a B.A. in history from Carleton College, an M.A. in religion and drama from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D in philosophical theology from Vanderbilt University.
2007 Ruge Fellow
David Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy