Dr. Karl Aho – Assistant Professor


Courses Taught

  • Philosophy 1301: Intro to Philosophy
  • Philosophy 3301: Ethics in the Professions


  • “Kierkegaard and Moral Particularism,” in The Kierkegaardian Mind, ed. Patrick Stokes,
  • Eleanor Helms, and Adam Buben, Routledge (in progress) “Augustine and Kierkegaard on Time,” in Augustine and Kierkegaard, ed. Kim Paffenroth, Helene Russell, and John Doody, Lexington Books (submitted)
  • “Kierkegaard,” with C. Stephen Evans, in Blackwell Companion to 19th Century Philosophy, Ed. John Shand, Wiley Blackwell (submitted)
  • “Fideism,” with C. Stephen Evans, in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, Ed. Steward Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (submitted)
  • “William James’s Pragmatic Pluralism and the American University’s Loss of Soul,” in Stewards of the Academy, Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming 2018
  • “Why we need a vacation,” Traveling Well, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, p. 11-18. 2016.

Book Review

  • Review of Kierkegaard, Aesthetics, and Selfhood: The Art of Subjectivity by Peder Jothen, in The Heythrop Journal, 58 (4): 702-703. 2017.

Selected Presentations

  • “Purging the ‘Problem Problem’ using Dante’s Purgatorio” Association for Core Texts and
    Course Twenty-third Annual Conference, April 2017
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  • “Learning about temporality from the Lily and the Bird: Kierkegaard on our
    attitudes towards time,” Soren Kierkegaard Society at the American
    Philosophical Association Central Division, March 2016
  • “Can the single individual be a team player?: Kierkegaard on the role of
    community in sports,” The Spirit of Sports, Baylor University, November 2015
  • “Kierkegaard’s Revision of the Aristotelian Virtue of Courage,” American
    Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, December 2014
  • “Towards a Kierkegaardian Metaphysics,” Kierkegaard and the Present Age, Brigham
    Young University, November 2013
  • “Teaching Kierkegaard’s Timely Virtues,” Virtues, Vices, and Teaching, Calvin
    College, October 2013
  • “Kierkegaardian Courage,” Seventh International Kierkegaard Conference, St. Olaf
    College, June 2013
  • “Philosophy as Training for Death: The reflexivity of Socratic exhortation in the
    Phaedo,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, October 2012
  • “The Fearful and Trembling Bear it Away: Søren Kierkegaard and Flannery O’Connor,”
    Flannery O’Connor Among the Philosophers and Theologians, Loyola
    University Chicago, October 2011

Scholarly Activities

  • Workshop on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy, American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Fall 2015
  • Summer Seminar on Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, Samford University, Summer 2015
  • Teaching Capstone in Higher Education, Baylor University, awarded Spring 2014
  • Adjunct Teaching Workshop, Baylor University, Spring 2013

Fellowships and Awards

  • Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellowship, Spring 2015
  • Baylor Kierkegaard Society Workshop, Internal Grant, Spring 2015
  • Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University, Fall 2010-Spring 2015
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Summer 2014
  • Conyers Graduate Scholar, Baylor University, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
  • Lilly Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, Valparaiso University, 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2007
  • Phi Sigma Tau, Spring 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Søren Kierkegaard Society (USA)


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Baylor University, 2016
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Boston College, 2010
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities, Valparaiso University 2007