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Portrait of Max Pensky

Max Pensky

Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Office: LT 1208
Telephone: 607-777-4163
E-mail: mpensky@binghamton.edu

He received his PhD. from Boston College in 1989. He has been at Binghamton University since1990. His areas of research and teaching include Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and International Relations. His publications include The Ends of Solidarity: Discourse Theory in Ethics and Politics (State University of New York, 2008), Globalizing Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the Iraq War (co-edited with Daniel Levy and John Torpey, Verso 2005), The Actuality of Adorno (State University of New York, 1997), and several translations of Jürgen Habermas such as  Time of Transitions (Polity 2006) and The Postnational Constellation (Polity, 2001), as well as numerous articles.

Jeffner Allen

Professor of Philosophy, Women's Studies, and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture
Office: LT 1304
Telephone: 607-777-2672
E-mail: jeffn@binghamton.edu

She received her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 1973. Her areas of research and teaching include Transcultural and Feminist theory, Postcolonial studies, Lesbian studies, and Experimental Writing. Her publications include Sinousities, Lesbian Poetics and Politics (University of Indiana 1996), Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations (Institute of Lesbian Studies, 1991), Reverberations: Across the Shimmering Cascades (State University of New York, 1994), Lesbian Philosophies of Culture (State University of New York, 1990), The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Modern French Philosophy (co-edited with Iris Marion Young, Indiana University, 1989) and numerous articles.

Her homepage is currently under construction.

Portrait of Professor Bat-Ami Bar On

Bat-Ami Bar On

Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and Philosophy

I am a Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Binghamton University. I have been at Binghamton University since 1991. I received my B.A. (in philosophy and sociology) and my M.A. (in philosophy) from Tel-Aviv University and my Ph.D. (in philosophy) from Ohio State University. I am a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Binghamton University Graduate School’s Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring. My areas of research and teaching include war and terrorism, democratic theory, political and social philosophy, and feminist theory.

Office: LT 1202
Telephone: 607-777-6198
E-mail: ami@binghamton.edu
Personal Webpage: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~ami

Portrait of Professor Eric Dietrich

Eric Dietrich

Professor of Philosophy

Office: RC 123
Telephone: 607-777-2305
E-mail: dietrich@binghamton.edu
Webpage: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~dietrich/

Professor Dietrich received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1985. He has been at Binghamton University since 1988. He is a recipient of the Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching. His areas of research and teaching include Metaphysics, Philosophical Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind. His publications include Sisyphus's Boulder: Consciousness and the Limits of the Knowable (with Valerie Hardcastle, John Benjamins Press, 2005); "There is no progress in philosophy," Essays in Philosophy, v. 12, n. 2
, 2011; "The Allure of the Serial Killer," in Serial Killers and Philosophy, John Wiley; as well as many other journal articles and book chapters. His website is: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~dietrich

Portrait of Randy L. Friedman

Randy L. Friedman

Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, joint title with Philosophy

Office: LT 1211
Telephone: 607-777-2443
E-mail: friedman@binghamton.edu
Webpage: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~friedman/

He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2005. He has been at Binghamton University since 2005. His areas of research and teaching include philosophy of religion, especially American Pragmatism and Modern Jewish Thought. His recent publications include "Religious Self-Reliance," Pluralist (forthcoming, 2012), "Dewey's Naturalistic Metaphysics," Education and Culture (2011), "The Challenge of Selective Conscientious Objection in Israel," Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Thought (2006), "Deweyan Pragmatism," William James Studies (2006), and "Traditions of Pragmatism and the Myth of the Emersonian Democrat," Transactions of the CS Peirce Society (2006).

Portrait of Charles Goodman

Charles Goodman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: LT 1214
Telephone: 607-777-2610
E-mail: cgoodman@binghamton.edu
Webpage: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~cgoodman

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2002. He has been at Binghamton University since 2003. His areas of research and teaching include Buddhist Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Analytic Metaphysics, and Comparative Ethics. His recent publications include Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2009); "Paternalist Deception in the Lotus Sutra," Journal of Buddhist Ethics (2011); and "Bhavaviveka's Arguments for Emptiness," Asian Philosophy (2008)

Robert Guay

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies

Office: LT 1212
Telephone: 607-777-3983
E-mail: rguay@binghamton.edu
Website: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~rguay

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2000. He has been at Binghamton University since 2006. His areas of research and teaching include Continental Philosophy (esp. 19th century German), Moral and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Art. His recent publications include "The 'I's Have It: Nietzsche on Subjectivity," Inquiry (2006), "The Philosophical Function of Genealogy" in A Companion to Nietzsche, Keith Ansell Pearson, ed. (Blackwell, 2006), "The Tragic as an Ethical Category" Philosophy and Literature (2006), and "Genealogy as Immanent Critique: Working from the Inside," in Alison Stone ed., The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy (2011).

Portrait of Christopher Knapp

Christopher Morgan-Knapp

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: LT 1215
Telephone: 607-777-3660
Director of Program of Philosophy, Politics, and Law
E-mail:   c.morgan-knapp@binghamton.edu
Website: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~cknapp/

He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2001. He has been at Binghamton University (SUNY) since 2001. His areas of research and teaching include normative ethics, value theory, environmental ethics, and philosophy of psychology. His recent publications include: "Equality and Proportionality" Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2007); "Trading Quality for Quantity" Journal of Philosophical Research (2007); and "Species Inegalitarianism as a Matter of Principle" Journal of Applied Philosophy (forthcoming).

Portrait of Anthony Preus

Anthony Preus

Professor of Philosophy and Master of College-in-the-Woods

Office: TU 141, LT 1209
Telephone: 607-777-2646, 607-777-2886
E-mail: apreus@binghamton.edu

He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He has been at Binghamton University (SUNY) since 1964. His areas of research and teaching include Ancient Greek Philosophy and Medical Ethics. His publications include five of the six edited and co-edited volumes of Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, (SUNY, 1983, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2001 respectively) and various book chapters and journal articles.

Portrait of Christopher Knapp

Anthony Reeves

Assistant Professor

Office: LT 1204
E-mail: areeves@binghamton.edu
Website: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~areeves

He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Boston University. His areas of research and teaching include philosophy of law, political philosophy, and normative ethics. He is particularly interested in questions concerning legitimacy, authority, and responsible decision-making in legal and political institutions. His recent publications include "Do Judges Have an Obligation to Enforce the Law?: Moral Responsibility and Adjudication" (2010) and "Judicial Practical Reason: Judges in Morally Imperfect Legal Orders" (2011), both in Law and Philosophy.

Portrait of Lisa Tessman

Lisa Tessman

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies 

Office: LT 1216
Telephone: 607-777-2269
E-mail: ltessman@binghamton.edu
Webpage: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~ltessman/

Lisa Tessman received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. She has been at Binghamton University since 1999. Her areas of research and teaching include Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Critical Race Theory and Social and Political Philosophy. Her books include Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles (Oxford University Press, 2005); Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal (edited, Springer, 2009); and Jewish Locations: Traversing Racialized Landscapes (co-edited with Bat-Ami Bar On, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). Recently published articles and book chapters include “Idealizing Morality,” Hypatia 25 (4) (2010); “Against the Whiteness of Ethics: Dilemmatizing as a Critical Approach,” in The Center Must Not Hold, ed. George Yancy. Lexington Books (2010); “Feminist Eudaimonism: Eudaimonism as Non-Ideal Theory,” in Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal, ed. Lisa Tessman (2009); and “Expecting Bad Luck,” Hypatia 24 (1) (2009). She is currently working on a monograph that focuses on moral failure and the dilemmatic character of moral life.

Melissa ZinkinPortrait of Melissa Zinkin

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: LT 1205
Telephone: 607-777-2297
E-mail: mzinkin@binghamton.edu

 

She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1999. She has been at Binghamton University since 1998. She is the recipient of the Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her areas of research and teaching include Kant, History of Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Feminist Theory. Her recent publications include, “Respect for the Law and the Use of Dynamical Terms in Kant's Theory of Moral Motivation," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (2006), "Like the Theme in a Play, Speech or Fable: The Subject of the Critique of Judgment," British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2006), "Intensive Magnitudes and the Normatively of Feeling" in Aesthetics and Cognition in Kant's Critical Philosophy, ed. Rebecca Kukla (Cambridge University, 2006).

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Last Updated: 10/31/12