Department of Philosophy Faculty
Hagop Sarkissian’s research is in ethical theory, broadly construed. He is a methodological pluralist, and uses resources from other relevant disciplines to inform his philosophical endeavors, such as biology, game theory, and psychology. He also works in comparative Chinese-Western philosophy and on problems in the history of Chinese philosophy, especially the classical period (ca. 6th to 2nd century BCE). He has also published articles using the methods of experimental philosophy.
Before joining the faculty at Baruch, he completed an M.A thesis in Chinese intellectual history in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, and later a Ph.D. in the Department of Philosophy at Duke University, where his supervisors were Owen Flanagan and David Wong.
Sarkissian, H and Phelan, M. 2019. “Moral objectivism and a punishing God.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 80:1-7
Sarkissian, H. 2018. “Neo-Confucianism, experimental philosophy, and the trouble with intuitive methods.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26.5:812-828
De Freitas, J., Sarkissian, H., Newman, G.E., Grossmann, I., De Brigard, F., Luco, A., and Knobe, J. 2018. “Consistent belief in a good true self in misanthropes and three interdependent cultures.” Cognitive Science (S1):134-160
Sarkissian, H. 2017. “Folk platitudes as the explananda of philosophical metaethics: Are they accurate? And do they help or hinder inquiry?” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 34:565-575
Sarkissian, H. 2017. “Situationism, manipulation, and objective self-awareness.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20:489–503
Sarkissian, H. 2016. “Aspects of folk morality: objectivism and relativism.” In The Blackwell Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Edited by Wesley Buckwalter and Justin Sytsma.
Sarkissian, H. 2015. “When you think it’s bad it’s worse than you think: Psychological bias and the ethics of negative character assessments”. In The Philosophical Challenge from China. Brian Bruya (Ed.). MIT Press.
Sarkissian, H. 2014. “Is self-regulation a burden or a virtue? A comparative perspective.” In The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness: An Empirical Approach to Character and Happiness. Nancy E. Snow and Franco V. Trivigno (Ed.). (pp. 181-196). Routledge Press.
Knobe, J., Buckwalter, W., Robbins, P., Sarkissian, H., Sommers, T., and Nichols, S. 2012. “Experimental philosophy.” Annual Review of Psychology 63.1:81-99
Sarkissian, H., Park, J., Tien, D., Wright, J., Knobe, J. 2011. Folk moral relativism. Mind & Language, 26(4), 482-505.
Sarkissian, H. 2010. “The darker side of Daoist primitivism” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37.2:312-329
Sarkissian, H. 2010. Confucius and the effortless life of virtue. History of Philosophy Quarterly 27(1), 1-16.
Sarkissian, H. 2010. Minor tweaks, major payoffs: The problems and promise of situationism in moral philosophy. Philosopher’s Imprint 10(9), 1-15.
Jonathan Gilmore is a philosopher of art and an art critic. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
A 2013-2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Yale University, and, earlier, a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. He is the recipient of NEH,Whiting, Mellon, and other national fellowships and awards.
His areas of research include the emotions, the imagination, philosophy of literature, philosophy of art history, artistic style, freedom of expression, and twentieth-century European philosophy. His criticism has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, Tema Celeste, and Modern Painters.
Phone: 646 312-4370
Location: VC 5-297
Douglas P. Lackey was a student of J. N. Findlay at Yale, completing his dissertation on the metaphysics of time in 1970. His work editing Russell’s published and unpublished papers in philosophical logic led to the anthology, Essays in Analysis, released by Allen and Unwin in 1973. Professor Lackey followed Russell’s footsteps by writing about nuclear weapons policy, and this lead to a broader interest in the ethics of war and peace. In this area Lackey published “Ethics and Nuclear Deterrence,” (in Rachel’s Moral Problems, 1972), “Missiles and Morals,” (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1982), Moral Principles and Nuclear Weapons (Rowman and Littlefield, 1984), “Taking Risk Seriously,” (Journal of Philosophy, 1986), The Ethics of War and Peace (Prentice-Hall 1989), and Ethic and Strategic Defense (Wadsworth, 1990).
In recent years, Professor Lackey has published on the history of art “Giotto’s Mirror” (Studi Danteschi, 2002), and has become an active playwright: his drama Kaddish in East Jerusalem was produced at the Theater for the New City in March 2003. He was for several years the book review editor of the Journal of Neoplatonic Studies and is currently Associate Editor of The Philosophical Forum.
The play, Kaddish in East Jerusalem, has been revised and expanded into a new play, The Gandhi Nonviolent Soccer Club. Information about this play, and well as the text in English, Hebrew, and Arabic versions, is available here.
Phone: 646 312-4379
Location: VC 4-245
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Eric Mandelbaum researches foundational issues in cognitive science, mostly pertaining to cognitive architecture and the structure of thought. Recent projects have focused on models of unconscious inference and associative thinking, the modularity of mid-level vision, visual conceptualization, the mechanics of ensemble representations, the iconicity of language, computational theories of cognition and consciousness, the structure of mental representations, and topics in belief acquisition, storage, and change. He is currently writing a book on the Psychofunctional Theory of Belief (for OUP Press)
Recent courses include Philosophy & Psychology, Introduction to Cognitive Science, Evil and Stupidity (Graduate), Cognitive Architecture (Graduate). Eric also has overseen the ZTC/OER/hybrid overhaul of Phil 1600 (Logic and Moral Reasoning), which he also teaches. To see the new course website, free textbook, homework grader and logic proofer, visit baruchlogic.org. (Coming soon, probabilistic reasoning and heuristics-and-biases modules).
Previous Teaching Experience
Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, UNC Chapel Hill
Recent Awards and Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2019); President’s Excellence Award for Distinguished Research (2017)
Phone: 646 312-4363
Location: VC 5-286
B.A. , LL.B (Hons) National Law School of India
BCL , DPhil Oxford University
Rhodes Scholarship 1999, Oxford University
Academic Interests: Legal, political and moral philosophy
Location: VC 5-288
Prof. Teufel’s research focuses on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, particularly on the intersection between Kant’s theoretical philosophy in the Critique of Pure Reason and his philosophy of beauty and life in the Critique of the Power of Judgment.
He is currently working on two book projects: a volume on Kant’s Teleology (CUP), and a monograph on Kant’s third Critique, working title: Nature, Purpose, Sentiment: Kant’s ‘Critique of the Power of Judgment.’
Ph.D., Harvard University
Kant, Early Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics
(forthcoming) “Stanley Cavell and the Critique of the Linguistic Power of Judgment.” In: S. Marino, P. Terzi (eds.), Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgment in the 20th Century. De Gruyter.
(forthcoming) “Teleological Power of Judgment: Dialectic.” In: M. Timmons, S. Baiasu (eds.), The Kantian Mind. Routledge.
(forthcoming) “Aesthetic Idea.” In: J. Wuerth (ed.), The Cambridge Kant Lexicon. Cambridge University Press.
(forthcoming) “Power of Judgment.” In: J. Wuerth (ed.), The Cambridge Kant Lexicon. Cambridge University Press.
(2018) “‘Much that is Unnameable’ in Nature and in Art: Kant’s Doctrine of Aesthetic Ideas.” In: V. Waibel (ed.), Freedom and Nature. Proceedings of the XII International Kant Congress. DeGruyter, pp. 3113-3121.
(2017) “Kant’s Transcendental Principle of Purposiveness and the ‘Maxim of the Lawfulness of Empirical Laws.’” In: M. Massimi & A. Breitenbach (eds.), Kant and the Laws of Nature. Cambridge University Press, pp. 108-127.
(2016) “Hannah Ginsborg: The Normativity of Nature.” (Book Review) Internationales Jahrbuch des deutschen Idealismus, vol. 11, pp. 339-343.
(2016) “Nathaniel Goldberg: Kantian Conceptual Geography.” (Book Review) Philosophical Forum, vol. 47.1, pp. 79-82.
(2015) “Jennifer Mensch: Kant’s Organicism.” (Book Review) HOPOS, The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science vol. 5.1, pp. 190-194.
(2014) “Giuseppe Motta: Die Postulate Des Empirischen Denkens Überhaupt.” (Book Review) https://virtualcritique.wordpress.com.
(2014) “The Impossibility of a Newton of the Blade of Grass in Kant’s Teleology”. In: J.H. Smith & O. Nachtomy (eds.), The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press, pp. 47-61.
(2013) “Merely Mechanistic Laws: Causal Mechanism and Kant’s Antinomy of the Teleological Power of Judgment.” In: C. Rocca (ed.), Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense. Proceedings of the XI International Kant Congress. Berlin: DeGruyter, pp. 261-270.
Ms. Sonia Mcilwain is the Secretary in the Philosophy Department. She is currently attending Hostos Community College in the Bronx to pursue a career in Accountancy.
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Temporary Appointments (AY 2019-2020)
Cory Alexander Evans
Adjunct Assistant Professor 3-Year Appointment PhD, CUNY GC
Amy Elizabeth Trautwein
Adjunct Assistant Professor 3-Year Appointment PhD, University of Iowa
Graduate Teaching Fellows (AY 2019-2020)
Adjunct Professors and Lecturers (AY 2019-2020)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., CUNY GC
M.A., McGill University
R. Gregory Taylor
Associate Professor PhD, Columbia University Logic, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics
R. Gregory Taylor
Adjunct Associate Professor
PhD, Columbia University
Logic, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics.
William J. Earle
Professor PhD, Columbia University Metaphysics; Contemporary Philosophy (Analytical and Continental)
Phone: 646 312-4369
Location: VC 5-287
William James Earle is Professor of Philosophy at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he studied with Justus Buchler and Arthur Danto, and wrote a dissertation on William James entitled “James’s ‘Stream of Thought’ As Point of Departure for Metaphysics.”
He has taught at Baruch College since 1983. A former Woodrow Wilson and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, he has written many scholarly articles, including the article on William James in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His textbook, Introduction to Philosophy: A Guidebook, is used internationally. He thinks philosophy, at every level, has a single goal: to increase by all possible means clarity-of-mind or lucidity, and this focus is reflected in his approach to teaching, as well as his special affection for the introductory course. He specializes in contemporary metaphysics, whether from a continental or analytical perspective. Professor Earle is also the editor-in-chief of the international quarterly, The Philosophical Forum.