Matthew Farrelly

Position title: History and Humanities


In the stream of other interventions concerned to explore the meanings & malaises of the modern human condition, I am researching and writing on the educational practice and philosophy of the naturalist, John Muir. I am hoping to tell a story of how Muir made sense of his own 19th and early 20th century moment, paying especial attention to the ways he navigated the tensions between modern science and spirituality in order to make sense of the human condition and our relationship with the nonhuman world.

Joining disciplines of history of education with philosophy of education, I hope to explore the way Muir’s life and thought carries holistic educational implications for today.