Jack Sanders was born and raised in Chicago. He received a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Purdue University in 1968, having also spent an academic year (1966–67) at the Universität Hamburg, in Germany. He then received his M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) in Philosophy from Boston University.

Jack has been teaching at RIT since September 1976. He has served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy three times, from 1977–1982, from 1986–1988, and from 2001 to 2004. He was RIT’s chief judicial officer from 1987–1988. He has twice been awarded the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching at RIT, in 1979–1980 and in 2000–2001.

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