Noah McGahagin

Noah McGahagin


Noah is a double major in English and philosophy and a member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. He has presented two papers at the Early Modern Manuscripts and the Digital Humanities conference in 2020 and 2021: “The Mirror Stage: Incorporating Psychoanalytic Theory in Text Criticism” and “Manuscripts as Mirrors.”

He plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library Science with a concentration in archives, and he has applied to the University of South Florida. Noah writes, “I'd like to thank Dr. Davis, Dr. Jimenez, Dr. Peppers-Bates, Dr. Melinda Hall, Dr. Rust, my family and friends for all of their encouragement and support on this leg of my journey. My college experience would not be as full without them.”


Noah is a late addition to the Philosophy department, joining us in his junior year. Yet, his tremendous work set him apart immediately. He is creative but cautious; analytical but subtle. We appreciate his thinking and writing, but also his presence in the classroom. Noah’s senior research, which links his majors in English and Philosophy, provides a strong example of his philosophical achievements. He attempts to build a bridge between the analytic and continental schools of philosophy by showing how Kierkegaard's idea of the knight of faith adds nuance and depth to L.A. Paul's notion of epistemically and personally transformative experiences. Where Paul would have us focus on isolated, monumental leaps of faith, such as the choice to have a baby, Noah’s correction would suggest that life consists in a narratively-inflected, continuous series of steps of faith, each of which is characterized by the possibility of transformation.

Dr. Susan Peppers Bates, for whom Noah served as a Teaching Assistant, says he has "shined" ever since joining the department. After graduation, Noah will immediately pursue a Master of Library Science.