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Richard Kamber

Richard KamberRichard Kamber, Professor

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School


Some areas of special interest: Experimental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Existentialism, Pragmatism, Film, Genocide, Education Policy

Teaches (besides the basic and core courses): Aesthetics, Existentialism, Philosophy and Literature, Metaphilosophy


Recent articles: “The Future of Philosophy as a Problem-Solving Discipline: The Promise of Experimental Philosophy” Essays in Philosophy (forthcoming); “Faith, Hope, and Clarity” and “Whither Philosophy?” Proceedings of the Association for Core Texts and Courses(forthcoming); “Experimental Philosophy of Art” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism(2011); “How to Make Philosophy Work,” The Common Review (2009); “Understanding Grade Inflation” and “Combating Grade Inflation: Obstacles and Opportunities” in Grade Inflation: Academic Standards in Higher Education, SUNY Press (2008); “Should Philosophy Become a Predictive Science?” Ethics: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Tartu, Estonia (2006); “Existentialism” in Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press (2005);“Grade Inflation: Metaphor and Reality,” with Mary Biggs, Journal of Education,(2004); “Grade Conflation: A Question of Credibility,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 2002; “Whatever Became of Stoicism?”  The College of New Jersey Review,  Sesquicentennial Edition (2004); Dobro I Zło W Kinie Amerykańskim (“Good and Evil in American Movies”) Etyka (Ethics) Polish Academy of Sciences (2000); “The Logic of the Goldhagen Debate,” Res Publica, Summer (2000); “Klopot z “Urdzonymi mordercami” (“The Trouble with Natural Born Killers”), Ruch Filozoficzny  (Philosophical Movement) (1999); “Goldhagen and Sartre on Eliminationist Anti-Semitism,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Fall (1999);”Weitz Reconsidered: A Clearer View of Why Theories of Art Fail,” The British Journal of Aesthetics, January (1998).

Books: William James: Essays and Lectures, Pearson (2006); On Camus, Wadsworth, (2002);On Sartre, Wadsworth (2000)

Professional Offices: President, The Association for Core Texts and Courses; Board Member, The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium

Overseas Experience: Post-doctoral study, Oxford University 1975; Guest Professor, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, 1996 & 2003.

Special Duties at TCNJ: Coordinator, Self-Designed Major Program and Interdisciplinary Concentrations; Coordinator, TCNJ’s Experimental Philosophy Laboratory

Personal: Enjoys tennis, skiing, traveling, and cooking.

Currently working on: a book entitled Why Philosophers Can’t Agree.

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