Sarah Worth

Sarah Worth

Professor of Philosophy

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I was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, and I knew when I went to college that I needed a small school, and I needed to be someplace warm. I chose Furman because of the strength of their music department and as Furman does its work of the liberal arts, I left with a degree in both music and philosophy. I loved the inquiry into the mind I experienced through philosophy and decided to continue to graduate school first for a masters at the University of Louisville and then a PhD at SUNY Buffalo. I taught at Allegheny College and Miami University before returning to Furman in 1999.

I am married to Bill Price, who worked in the ROTC department at Furman for 13 years, and the proud mother of twin boys, William and Charles.


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997
  • M.A., University of Louisville, 1994
  • B.A., Furman University, 1992


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Fact, Fiction, and Fraud: From Frey to Wilkomirski.” Southwest Philosophy Review. Vol. 26, No. 1. (2010) 27-33. Response article: Anne-Marie Bowery.
  • “Comments on Sarah Worth’s ‘Fact Fiction and Fraud.” Southwest Philosophy Review. Vol 26. No. 2. July, 2010. 1-4.
  • "Plato, Imitation, and Narration: a look into the narrative effects of literature," Journal of Norwegian Philosophy. Vol. 43, No.2, (2008) 162-174.
  • "Story-Telling and Narrative Knowing," Journal of Aesthetic Education. Vol. 42, No 3, (2008) 42-55.
  • “The Dangers of Da Vinci, or The Power of Popular Fiction.” Philosophy and the Contemporary World. Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2007) 134-143.
  • “Narrative Understanding and Understanding Narrative,” Contemporary Aesthetics 2 (2004)
  • “Fictional Spaces,” Philosophical Forum. Vol. 35. No. 4, (Winter 2004) 439-455.
  • “The Ethics of Exhibition: On the Presentation of Religious Art,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004) 277-284.
  • “Thomas Munro vs. the All American Blue Dishwasher,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education 36 (2002): 68-85.
  • “Aristotle, Thought and Emotion: Our Responses to Fiction,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (2000): 333-340.
  • “Understanding Objects of Music,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education 34 (2000): 102-107.
  • “Wittgenstein’s Musical Understanding,” British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (1997): 158-167. Reprinted with permission in Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 13 (1997): 101-111.
    Book Chapters
  • “Narration, Representation, Memoir, Truth, and Lies: How We Diminish the Art of Narrative with Simple Truths” in How to Make Believe: The Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts. Bareis, J. Alexander / Nordrum, Lene (eds.): Berlin, New York: DeGruyter, 2014.
  • “Nonfiction and Narration.” Fiction as an Aesthetic Concept. Praeger Publishers. Forthcoming, 2014.
  • “Dungeons and Dragons: What it is and Why we do it” co-authored with Carl Ehrett. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy. Open Court Press, 2012. pp. 195-205.
  • “Global Standpoint Aesthetics: Toward a Paradigm.” Co-authored with David I. Gandolfo. The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics. Edited by Anna Ribeiro. Continuum Publishing: New York, p. 242-254, 2012.
  • "Lessons Learned by a Philosopher and a Biologist in Team Teaching a First-Year Seminar on 'Disease and Culture: Why You Are a Walking Petri Dish.'" Co- authored with Min-Ken Liao. Team Teaching. Ed. Kathryn M. Plank. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011. pp., 37-53.
  • “Dexter Morgan: Morality, Principles and Context,” Co-authored with Carmela Epright. Dexter and Philosophy. Ed. Richard Greene. Open Court Press, 2011. pp. 125-135.
  • “The Paradox of Real Response to Neo-Fiction,” The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real. Ed. William Irwin. Open Court Press, 2002.
  • “Hannah Arendt and Plato on Thinking and its Relation to Evil,” Inherent and Instrumental Value: An Excursion of Value Theory. Ed. John Abbarno. International Scholars Publications, 2000.
  • “Elaine Benes: Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys?” Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing. Ed. William Irwin. Open Court Press, 1999.
  • “Music, Emotion and Language: Using Music to Communicate,” The Paideia Project On -Line: Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, 1999 <>.
  • Section Introductions “Experience and Appreciation: How Do We Encounter Art?” and “Can We Learn From Art?” in Aesthetics: The Big Questions. Ed. Carolyn Korsmeyer, Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 1998. (Anthology is part of Basil Blackwell’s series, Philosophy: The Big Questions, general editor James Sterba). Sections co-authored with Jennifer McMahon Railey.