Howie, John | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
John Howie was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1929. He attended several schools: Vanderbilt University (BA, 1951); Candler School of Theology, Emory University (BD, 1954); Emory University (MA, 1955); Boston University (PhD, 1965); and did Post Doctoral Study at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England (1972).
After teaching philosophy and religion at Randolph Macon Men's College in Ashland, Virginia and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Howie joined the department of philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1966. Howie's focus on personal idealism brought to students the perspectives of William Ernest Hocking, Brand Blanshard, and Peter Bertocci, contributing toward a more balanced view of various philosophical approaches in a department which was strong in its representation of John Dewey's philosophical pragmatism.
Howie also organized the Leys Lecture series at SIUC. This trust, which was established in memory of Wayne A. R. Leys, a well respected professor of philosophy, enabled the philosophy department to bring outstanding scholars to the university for speaking engagements. He edited six volumes of these lectures which were published by the Southern Illinois University Press.