Dr. Fitzpatrick joined the faculty in 2003. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Philosophy and as the Director of the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values at SUU. He earned his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 1999. His research interests concern value and politics in ancient philosophy. Recent publications focus on the constitutions of state and soul in Plato’s Republic. His paper, “Forbidden Delicacies in Plato’s Republic,” appeared as a chapter in The Free Market and the Human Condition (Lexington, 2014). Fitzpatrick also works on the topics of music, poetry, stichometry, and aesthetics in ancient philosophy. He has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences.
Fitzpatrick teaches courses in philosophy, in the classical Greek language, and in the Masters of Public Administration program. In philosophy he teaches ancient philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy. In Greek he teaches a series of Greek language courses that allow students to complete the language requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the MPA program he teaches ethics for public administrators. He received a “Distinguished Educator” award at SUU in 2008.
Originally from Glendale California, Fitzpatrick was raised in Southern California. He lives in Cedar City with his wife and son, Elizabeth and Felix.