I was born and raised in central Oklahoma. When I entered my teens, the family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where I attended Junior High and High School. I was admitted to Colorado State University as a music major (voice) but discovered that the theory classes were academically beyond me, so I turned to something easier: philosophy. I studied with many fine philosophers and religious scholars at CSU, including Donald Crosby, Bernard Rollin, Grant Lee, and Winston King. I pursued graduate work in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, and again I found many able philosophers, including J. N. Mohanty, Kenneth Merrill, and Francis Kovach. I wrote a dissertation on the philosophy of Charles Hartshorne, with Professor Hartshorne (who was at the University of Texas-Austin) as chief advisor. After completing the doctorate, I taught for two years at OU and at East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma). I have been teaching philosophy and religion at Pittsburg State University since 1984. Since high school I’ve dabbled in music, singing in choirs and folk bands. I compose songs for the guitar and, from time to time, I give a public performance. Since 2008, I have made a few studio recordings of my music. Music theory continues to challenge me.
Dr. Viney was honored with the 1989 Outstanding Faculty Award by the Student Government Association from the student nominees of faculty that demonstrate excellence in instruction and service to students on campus.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Philosophy
M.A., University of Oklahoma, Philosophy
B.A., Colorado State University, Philosophy
PHIL 103 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 105 Ethics
PHIL 208 Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 231 World Religions
PHIL 310 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 311 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 312 Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 313 Topics in Philosophy (Philosophy of Religion)
PHIL 645 Directed Readings in Philosophy
Co-editor, Cahiers Jules Lequier (http://juleslequier.wordpress.com/bibliographie/)
Editorial Board member of Process Studies, American Journal for Theology and Philosophy, andThe Midwest Quarterly
Member of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
Member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Member of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought (HIARPT)
Interests, Publications and Presentation
My professional interests include philosophy of religion, process philosophy, and the philosophy of Charles Hartshorne. For some reason, I had acquired a fascination with things French by about the age of thirteen. This is reflected in my special interest in and scholarly studies of the philosophy of Jules Lequyer and the thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Other teaching and research interests include the history of philosophy, world religions, and logic and critical thinking.
Co-editor, with Jincheol O, Creative Experiencing: A Philosophy of Freedom by Charles Hartshorne (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011).
Logic Crystallized: A New Introduction to Logic (Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications, 2011).
“Objects, Eternal and Otherwise, and the Process Response to Molinism: Reflections on the Papers by Malone-France and Shields,” Process Studies 39/1 (2010): 174-180.
“How Firm a Possible Foundation? Modality and Hartshorne’s Dipolar Theism,” in Metaphysics, Analysis, and the Grammar of God: Process and Analytic Voices in Dialogue, edited by Randy Ramal (Tuebingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2010): 139-157.
“Eléments sur la vie et la pensée philosophique de Jules Lequyer,” Cahiers Jules Lequier, numéro 1 (2010): 9-22.
“Teilhard: Le Philosophe Malgré l’Église,” in Rediscovering Teilhard’s Fire, edited by Kathleen Duffy, SSJ (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: St. Joseph University Press, 2010): 69-88.
“American Deism, Christianity, and the Age of Reason,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 31/2 (May 2010): 83-107.
“William James on Free Will: The French Connection with Charles Renouvier” in The Reception of Pragmatism in France & the Rise of Roman Catholic Modernism, 1890-1914, edited by David G. Schultenover, S.J. (Washington, D. C.: Catholic University Press of America, 2009): 93-121.
“How Not to be an Atheist: A Neoclassical Response to the New Atheism.” Concrescence: the Australasian Association of Process Thought (2008): 7-22. www.concrescence.org.
“Process Theism.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Revised Oct. 2008, Edward N. Zalta, ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-theism/
“God as the Most and Best Moved Mover: Charles Hartshorne’s Importance for Philosophical Theology,” The Midwest Quarterly, 48/1 (Autumn 2006): 10-28.
“Teilhard de Chardin and Process Philosophy Redux,” Process Studies 35, 1 (Spring-Summer 2006): 12-42.
“The Logic of Future Contingents” (co-authored with George Shields). Process and Analysis: Essays on Whitehead, Hartshorne and the Analytic Tradition, edited by George Shields. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003: 209-46.
Jules Lequyer’s Abel and Abel [translated by Mark West] followed by “Incidents in the Life and Death of Jules Lequyer” [written by Donald W. Viney] (Lewiston, N. Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999).
“The Nightmare of Necessity: Jules Lequyer’s Dialogue of the Predestinate and the Reprobate,” The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts 5/1 (Autumn 1999): 19-32.
Translation of Works of Jules Lequyer: The Hornbeam Leaf, The Dialogue of the Predestinate and the Reprobate, and Eugene and Theophilus (Lewiston, N. Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998).
“Jules Lequyer and the Openness of God,” Faith and Philosophy, 14/2 (April 1997): 212-35.
Charles Hartshorne and the Existence of God (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1985).