October 22, 2012
Veith, philosophy and psychology dual major in the class of 2005, returned
to the College
of Arts and Sciences to teach in the Philosophy
Department. Earlier this year, he received his doctorate in philosophy from
Boston College where he taught undergraduate students. Veith, the
son of an Air Force pilot and a tour guide, grew up in Germany. He attended
German public schools, visited Seattle
University as a high school senior, and was accepted into the Honors
Program. “I always knew I wanted to focus on the humanities. I
just didn’t know where my studies would lead me,” he said from his office in the
Casey building. “I thrived in the Honors Program with its total immersion in a
self-contained curriculum. “ Fluent in German, Veith gravitated to
German philosophers and psychologists. It was Professor James
Risser who first introduced Veith to 20th century German philosopher
Hans-Georg Gadamer. With his ability to read texts in the original German,
Veith enriched the classroom experience and paved the way for his advanced
studies. Veith received a Fulbright grant last year and conducted
research on historical understanding and its significance for the humanities in
Freiburg, Germany. He is pleased to be back at Seattle University and back to
teaching. “Every class is different,” he said. “Each student brings
a freshness to the course that is challenging and invigorating.” In
addition to his teaching and scholarship, Veith serves on the editorial board of
the International Yearbook for Hermeneutic.
The College of Arts
and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.
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