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George Wrisley, Ph.D.

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Title: Associate Professor, Philosophy
Phone: 678-717-2261

Office: Strickland Academic, 205, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: Philosophy, Metaphysics (the relationship between language and ontology in particular), Philosophy of Language, Ethics, Wittgenstein, Buddhism, Nietzsche


Professor Wrisley has been at the University of North Georgia since 2010. He teaches Ethics from a Global Perspective, Logic, and upper level courses such as Metaphysics, Epistemology, Happiness and Suffering, Death and Awe, and Buddhism and Enlightenment. These latter classes reflect his interest in issues of human existence such as happiness, suffering, death, authenticity, and the religious life east and west.

He was invited to speak at the University of Tokyo in December of 2012 and presented the paper, “The Buddha Still Rides a Bike: Wittgenstein, Dōgen, and the Entanglement of Language and Enlightenment.

Some of his publications include, “Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument” and “Davidson on the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme” in Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, and “Wherefore the Failure of Private Ostension?” in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy

Professor Wrisley also advises the philosophy club at the University of North Georgia.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Iowa, 2008
  • M.A., Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2002
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1998

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