6Ontological Emergence and Human FreedomJournal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (3): 303-322. 2022.ABSTRACT This article develops the ontological doctrine of naturalistic emergence, detailing three distinct but related types of emergent structures. It thus provides a coherent framework for making sense of the reality of human freedom, consistent with the operative determinism of natural science. This possibility emerges from taking seriously the implications of the reality of non-separability and decoherence, the significance of conservation laws, and the causal significance of systemic prope…Read more
A Tragic Vision for a New MilleniumThe Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 21 70-75. 1998.After 350 years of continual social transformations under the push of industrialization, capitalism, world-wide social revolutions, and the development of modern science, what reasonably remains of the traditional faith in divine transcendence and providential design except a deep-felt, almost 'ontological' yearning for transcendence? Torn between outmoded religious traditions and an ascendant secular world, the contemporary celebration of individuality only makes more poignant the need for prec…Read more
1Critique of Western philosophy and social theoryPalgrave-Macmillan. 2009.A world in crisis -- Living in a world without God -- The end of an era -- A ripple in a field -- Telling our story -- Ecosense -- The webbed self : deconstructing individualism -- The American enterprise -- Current patterns and future prospects.
11McDermott: A Personally Transforming EncounterThe Pluralist 15 (1): 93-95. 2020.If you were a serious student at Queens College in the 1960s or 1970s, you probably took Philosophy 10 at some time in your academic career regardless of your major. You almost certainly had heard of that course, and of the pressure of students seeking to squeeze into the classroom, even if they were unable to register for it. This was John McDermott's class on Aesthetics. It was a Queens College cultural event of the first order. Not only would all of the chairs have been occupied, but students…Read more
32A Commentary on Ronald Dworkin’s Religion Without GodEssays in the Philosophy of Humanism 21 (2): 125-126. 2013.Ronald Dworkin’s posthumous book Religion Without God searches for the possibility of atheistic religiosity. Rather than clarifying the situation, this book does more to confuse it, and succeeds in undermining his expressed humanitarian goals
84Sartre and Camus: a historic confrontation (edited book)Humanity Books. 2004.
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