Michael W. Howard

Professor – retiring August 2022
Department of Philosophy

Michael Howard

Teaching Repertoire

PHI 102 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 210 History of Ancient Philosophy (fall semester)
PHI 312 History of Modern Philosophy (spring semester)
PHI 240 Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 250 Formal Logic (fall semester)
PHI 344 Theories of Justice
PHI 345/SPI 504 Global Justice
PHI 354 Foundations of the Human Sciences
plus occasional seminars

Research Interests

social and political philosophy, workplace and economic democracy, basic income, global justice, philosophy of social science


Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining It’s Suitability as a Model, co-edited with Karl Widerquist (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform around the World,  co-edited with Karl Widerquist (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Self-Management and the Crisis of Socialism,  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000)

Socialism, (Humanity Press, 2001). There is an associated Socialism website, which has selected chapters online and links to many socialism-related sites.

Recent publications available online:


Op-eds, videos, podcasts, and other short pieces

Other Activities

I have been involved over the years with various peace and justice organizations, such as the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, seeking non-military solutions to conflict.  I have traveled, among other places, to Cuba and the former Yugoslavia, and have given talks on these countries.   I am Treasurer for an interdisciplinary society called the International Institute for Self-management, that meets bi-annually in various countries to discuss research and current developments in cooperatives and other forms of economic democracy.  I have been a contributing editor for a  related publication, the Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter (GEO). I am the Coordinator of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network, and co-editor of the journal Basic Income Studies. I am also active in several societies, such as the Radical Philosophy Association, the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and the Basic Income Earth Network. I also help to organize every semester a lecture series for the Socialist and Marxist Studies interdisciplinary minor.


B.A., University of Chicago
M.A. and Ph.D., Boston University


Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Advising, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Maine, 2011-1012
Basic Income Studies Essay Prize, 2006.


Married to Valerie Carter; one daughter, Emma; one stepson, Jeremy.
My door is always open to talk to students interested in philosophy.   Drop by the Maples for a chat, or inquire over e-mail.