PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS ISSN 2043-0728
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Dr. Tamoghna Sarkar is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in West Bengal Education Service under Government of West Bengal, India, since 2010. A graduate from the Presidency College, Kolkata, he received Ph.D from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata. His areas of specialization are metaphysics, philosophical logic and Indian Philosophy. In addition to publishing papers in various national and international books and journals, he has also co-edited a book on personal identity. The teaching of Dr. Sarkar focuses on the development of critical thinking, analytic skills and universal moral values. Besides Academics he is connected with a Non-Government organization working relentlessly on improving standard of livings of street children of Kolkata.
Andrew Notier is a US law enforcement detective. He earned his Master's of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University in 2009. Prior to that he served in the US Marine Corps where he was trained in the art and science of visual tracking. He saw active duty as a vehicle commander in the initial invasion of Iraq. He has taught the variegated skills of visual tracking to wildlife biologists, law enforcement, military personnel and interested citizens, and also teaches the psychology of trauma-informed critical response for law enforcement. He writes, 'The work of evolutionary biologist Louis Liebenberg on the art of tracking as the origin of human scientific thinking distilled a lifelong passion for philosophy into a focus on the the biological roots of consciousness and cognition.'
Nicholas Anakwue graduated top of his undergraduate class, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with a First Class Honors degree. He presently works as a research/ teaching assistant at the Lagos Business School, in Nigeria, in the area of Business Ethics and Sustainability.
He has published articles and book chapters in philosophy and management books and journals. One article worthy of mention features in the Emerald Publishing Advanced Series in Management, on the theme of 'Ethical Principles and Practices in Africa'. He has also functioned as an ad-hoc reviewer for Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities.
He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.
Deji Adesoye graduated from the University of Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, with a BA in Philosophy in 2010, and earned his MA in 2014 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His MA thesis is 'A Critique of the Anarchist Theory of the State'. He is presently working on the problem of a normative theory of the criminal law for his PhD, also at the University of Ibadan. His areas of interest are political philosophy and philosophy of law.
He teaches Philosophy at the Marian Institute, Imomo-Ijebu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Candidate Philosophical Sciences, Associate Professor. The degree received at the Ural Federal University. Member of the Committee for Information Relations with the Head of Municipal Formation, City of Krasnodar. Member of the Award Commission of the Russian Federation tor UNESCO. The author of 20 books on Social Ontology and Philosophy of Mind.
Jaan S. Islam
Jaan S. Islam is a research associate at the Emertec Research Organization based in Halifax, Canada. He has been active in research on topics ranging from political theory to international relations. His previous works include Reconstituting the Curriculum (with M.R. Islam & Gary Zatzman, Wiley 2013), and 'God, God's Particle, God's Wrath and Force of Nature: A Delinearized History of Mass, Energy and Time', as well as works in comparative religion. Jaan Islam's latest work is a book entitled True Islam, Jihad, and Terrorism: the Science of Islamic Foreign Policy (NY: Nova Publishing, 2016).
Max Malikow earned his M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and doctorate from Boston University. He is on the Renee Crown Honors Program of Syracuse University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. He is the author or editor of thirteen books integrating psychology and philosophy. A licensed mental health professional, he has practiced psychotherapy since 1987. His most recent book is, Buried Above Ground: Understanding Suicide and the Suicidal Mind, to be in print September, 2017.
Georgios Constantine Pentzaropoulos
Professor of Information and Communication Technologies, Department of Economics, University of Athens, Greece. Former appointments: Research Associate, Control Systems Centre, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK); Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University College London (UK).
Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Information Systems Evaluation. Academic Membership: Information Society Technologies Network (EU), Complex Systems Network of Excellence (EU), British Science Association, Aristotelian Society, International Society for Philosophers.
Research interests: human-computer interaction, applied mathematical modelling, information systems and communication networks, knowledge economy and society, philosophy and technology.
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After a spell of 1950s university maths, science, darts, beer, and bad rhythm-guitar playing in skiffle group, I switched to medicine. Qualifying in the 1960s, I worked 35 years in the British National Health Service, twenty five as medical consultant/ senior lecturer, latterly also medical director of large English teaching hospital. Examiner for foreign medical degrees/ teacher abroad for London College exams. Retired 2000 and worked 8 years part-time as medico-legal and medical management consultant. In 2008, having always had an interest in history of science and maths, and in philosophy, I decided to study the latter more rigorously, I embarked on an external London BA (Phil), signed up for Pathways support, and graduated with first-class honours and year prize in 2011.
My interests are in philosophy of science/ maths, metaphysics, and hardy perennials such as free will, causation, time and the mind-body problem.
Craig is a panel member for Ask a Philosopher.
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Paul Fagan holds a PhD from the University of Hull and has read widely in both science and the arts. His interests within the world of philosophy include ethics, political philosophy, and environmental philosophy; but particularly any areas where philosophy may be applied to solving problems we experience in the present. Currently, Paul works on an ad hoc basis for universities in northern England and their affiliated organisations. Quite recently he has been involved in working with persons who have challenges to their learning process. Prior to becoming a philosopher Paul worked in business.
Paul is a panel member for Ask a Philosopher.
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Hubertus Fremerey is a theoretical physicist who has worked as a computer software developer in the industry. In his philosophical work, he has sought to understand modern industrial and postindustrial society and state and its philosophical aspects indicated by such catchwords as 'progress', 'alienation', 'modernization'. He has contributed articles to Philosophy Pathways on the notion of a 'good society' and a critique of the 'two cultures' of scientists and humanists.
He is a member of the Board of the International society for Philosophers.
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Terence Edward teaches political philosophy at the University of Manchester, where he did his undergraduate degree in social anthropology and PhD in philosophy, thesis title 'The Idea of a Conceptual Scheme'. Prior to his PhD, he did his MA in philosophy at University College London. He edits the philosophy of anthropology section for the database PhilPapers and has written articles in philosophy of social science, political philosophy and metaphysics. He has also made two (very primitive) online video games.
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Rev. Eric George is Professor of Certificate Programs at Bible University (Canada) and a New Zealand based Christian apologist, hailing from European and Polynesian ancestry. He completed his undergraduate studies with BibleU (BBS in Biblical Studies) and CharterU (BA in Religious Studies and Theology), going on to complete an MA in Religion and Anthropology. He has an academic interest in comparative religions, biblical studies, history of religion and natural theology with proficiency in philosophy of religion. He is a member of Theology and Natural Sciences in Aotearoa, International Apologetics Society and is particularly proud to be a member of the ISFP. As an apologist Eric is associated with Ratio Christi and Thinking Matters NZ. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in theology and philosophy of religion.
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Matthew Sims, born in 1974 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), studied cultural and physical anthropology briefly at Marquette University. After taking a 15-year academic hiatus, touring the world as professional musician, he gave up his career to study philosophy. Residing for the last 10 years in Berlin, Germany, he has recently completed his fourth and final year towards an honors BA in philosophy for the University of London International Programme, graduating with a First. He will be attending the University of Edinburgh this year to carry out his Msc in philosophy by research degree. His interests are philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception and embodied/extended cognition. His upcoming research will focus upon providing a metaphysically and empirically coherent characterization of how environmental features can be constituents of perceptual processes — thereby making explicit how a relational view of perception may be grounded. To date, he is a panel member on the Ask a Philosopher forum askaphilosopher.org.
Mike Adams is an artist, educator, theorist, and activist hailing from the Seattle-area in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. He received a prestigious Fulbright Creative Arts Grant and spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Norway, where he had a major sculptural installation at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Currently a PhD student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, a low-residency program in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory based in Portland, Maine, USA, his particular research interest revolves around the idea of spatio-temporality in aesthetic experience. He will present his paper 'Space as Time: Heterotopias in Renaissance Paintings of The Annunciation' at the Renaissance Conference of Southern California in June 2015. His art is represented by Matzke Fine Art and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, Washington, USA, and can also be seen on his website, MikeAdamsArtist.com.
Richard Grego is a philosopher and cultural historian in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University. His current research focuses on philosophy of mind and metaphysics, comparative philosophies of religion and science, and cultural history. His latest publication is 'An Evolving Dialectic: Contesting Conceptions of Nature in American Ideas from Transcendentalism to Pragmatism' in the journal History of Intellectual Culture.
Prior to his academic career in philosophy, he was a criminal investigator and polygraph examiner for the 19th Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender and Office of Probation/ Parole, instructor at the Indian River State College Criminal Justice Institute and International Academy of Polygraph, and Academic Director of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council.
Nicole Note is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (VUB). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy (1980, Brugge, Belgium), a Bachelor's degree in Latin-America Studies (1986, Leiden, The Netherlands), a Master's degree in Languages and Cultures of Indian America (1990, Leiden, the Netherlands) and a Doctoral degree in Moral Sciences (VUB, 2007). Drawing on contemporary continental philosophy, she focuses on how depth in meaning in life is enacted. She has found that its mechanism can best be comprehended by studying this in people's lives, more in particular by analyzing deep moments of being moved. Such moments reveal that depth is brought about by an interruption of thematisation. Elaborating on this, she also tries to understand other mechanisms of enactment of meaning in life, at this stage conceived of as an inherent entanglement of sense and signification, or broader, sense and being. Her search has taken her to ontological, epistemological and methodological questions, with all the inspiring and frustrating challenges this entails.
Pieter Meurs holds a master degree in Social & Cultural Agogical Sciences, and a master and doctoral (2013) degree in Philosophy and Moral Sciences (VUB — Free University of Brussels). He has presented and published papers on (post-)phenomenology, critical theory and contemporary political philosophy and has written extensively on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy. His current research is focused on the philosophy of globalization, myths and worldviews. Drawing on contemporary continental philosophy, he investigates what a changing world means to us and how we can act upon it. The central question draws upon the insights of how praxis (de)constructs our everyday worldview. This means an investigation into the relation between social critique and questions of ontology.
Eric DeJardin is a first year student with the University of London's International Programme (UoLIP). He's pursuing the UoLIP BA in philosophy, which is administered by Birkbeck College. Prior to registering with UoLIP, Eric studied philosophy for fourteen months with Dr. Geoffrey Klempner. His pre-philosophy passion was martial arts, and over the course of a decade he studied Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Western Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Despite the sobering data and the dictates of common sense, he hopes to pursue a PhD in philosophy after he completes his studies with UoLIP. He consoles himself by reflecting on the fact that it's at least logically possible that he should someday earn a living teaching philosophy.
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Khashaba, D. R., b. 1927, is an independent philosopher. In the preface to the first edition of his first book, published when he had turned seventy, he describes himself as a man who 'throughout a life beset by many constricting, troublesome and tragic circumstances and events, though not denied certain blessings, has had one overriding and abiding passion — call it addiction if you will: the urge to find answers satisfactory to his mind to questions that most sane people raise at an early stage of their lives then throw behind their backs to attend to the business of living.' Following that first book, Let Us Philosophize (1998, 2008), Khashaba has published Plato: An Interpretation (2005), Socrates' Prison Journal (2006), Hypatia's Lover (2006), The Sphinx and the Phoenix: Collected Essays (2009), Plato's Memoirs (2010), Quest of Reality (2013), and Metaphysical Reality: Philosophical Papers (2014). Translations into Arabic are being published by The National Center for Translation, Cairo.
Khashaba, a widower, with one daughter, Hanan, and one granddaughter, Farah, lives in his home-country Egypt.
Timothy E. Taylor
Tim Taylor did his first degree in Classics and Greats (Philosophy and Ancient History) at Pembroke College, Oxford. Later, he studied for a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London while working as a civil servant, achieving it in 2007. In 2009 he took a career break and became a visiting research fellow with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. In 2011 he left the civil service altogether to allow him to spend more time on writing and academic research. He is now associated with the Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre at Leeds, where he also does some teaching on applied ethics.
Most of Tim's recent research has been on the philosophy of well-being and prudential value and their relationship to public policy. He is also interested in value more widely, and in reasons for action, objectivity and other issues in metaethics. His book Knowing what is Good for you: a Theory of Prudential Value and Well-Being (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is listed on the Pathways Features page. He has also written articles for Philosophy Pathways Issue 144 and Issue 151, and articles for the Journals Ethics and Social Welfare, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, Journal of Value Inquiry, and for a forthcoming collection Well-being in Contemporary Society (Berlin: Springer 2014).
Tim's other interests include creative writing — he has published a novel, Zeus of Ithome (Crooked Cat 2013), set in ancient Greece -- and playing the guitar. He lives in Meltham, near Huddersfield with his wife Rosa and daughter Helen.
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Since 2013 Christopher Norris has been Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at Cardiff University.
He is one of the world's leading scholars on deconstruction, and the work of Jacques Derrida. He has written numerous books and papers on literary theory, continental philosophy, philosophy of music, philosophy of language and philosophy of science. More recently, he has been focussing on the work of Alain Badiou in relation with both the analytic tradition (particularly analytic philosophy of mathematics) and with the philosophy of Derrida.
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Peter Jones is an independent researcher living in West Yorkshire. His main philosophical interest is in untangling metaphysics and, at the level of metaphysics, clarifying the relationship between 'Eastern' and 'Western' philosophy. He is an occasional contributor to the Philosophy Pathways e-journal and a panel member for Ask A Philosopher. He has an undergraduate degree in music and a Fellowship Award from the International Society of Philosophers for an essay From Metaphysics to Mysticism.
Donovan Roebert is a South African artist and writer. His published works are Samdhong Rinpoche: Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World, The Gospel for Buddhists and the Dharma for Christians, as well as four novels, Lama Charlie's Big Bang and Whimper, The Odissi Girl, The Rose Girl of Dharamkot and The Liberators. He has for some years taught Humanist Buddhist theory and practice, and his article The View of Selfhood in Buddhism and Modern Psychology appears in the 2013 edition of Studies in Comparative Religion. He is married and lives in the central Karoo.
Sharon Kaye is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her PhD in 1997 from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her original interest lay with medieval philosophy and William of Ockham in particular, but she now works primarily on philosophical topics in popular culture.
Some of her books are: Philosophy for Teens Volumes I and II with Paul Thomson (2006, 2007), Medieval Philosophy (2008), Black Market Truth, Book One of The Aristotle Quest: A Dana McCarter Trilogy (2008), Critical Thinking (2009), and Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (2013). She also edited The Onion and Philosophy (2010), The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy (2011), What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Lover (2012).
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Martin Jenkins gained a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bolton followed by a MA from the University of Liverpool and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. He has taught Adult Education courses in Philosophy and is currently a mentor at Pathways to Philosophy, a panel member of Ask a Philosopher, as well as contributing articles to the Philosophy Pathways e-journal.
In 2009, Martin received the Fellowship Award from the International Society for Philosophers for his dissertation 'Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy? An Examination of Friedrich Nietzsche's Doctrine of Will to Power'.
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Professor Erwin Bello Laya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree major in Philosophy and Mass Communication at Saint Paul Seminary in Cavite City, Philippines. He earned his Master of Arts in Theology major in Religious Education from Ignatian Institute of Religious Education Foundation (Holy Cross of Davao College) in Davao City, Philippines. He has completed all the academic requirements for the degree in Doctor of Philosophy also at the same institution. Since 2002 up to the present, he has been teaching Philosophy, particularly in Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Man, Social Philosophy, Rizal, and Sociology at Brokenshire College, Philippines; and Theology such as Christology and Christian Morality at University of Immaculate Conception and San Pedro College as a part time professor.
Professor Laya is the module developer of the two instructional materials at Brokenshire College, Module in Philosophy of the Human Person and Module in Logic and Correct Thinking. In 1997-1998, he was a magazine editor of Alitaptap, a scholastic magazine of Diwa Scholastic Press, Philippines. He was a contributor of the local newspaper in Cotabato City, Philippines, The Mindanao Cross, and currently a contributor of the Pathways e-journals. He is married to Mona Labial Laya with two sons: Paul Benedict and Joseph Lorenzo.