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Judyth Piazza chats with William Irwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy

Judyth Piazza chats with William Irwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo , June 1, 1996. Presidential Fellowship.

Dissertation: Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism, " Buffalo , 1996, 226 pp. Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy .

Dissertation Committee: Jorge J.E. Gracia (director), E.D. Hirsch, Jr. (outside reader), Kah Kyung Cho, and James Lawler.

B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude , Fordham University , 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.

Attended Regis High School in Manhattan on full scholarship and graduated May 1988. Current Areas of Interest and Research

Areas of Specialization : Aesthetics (especially philosophy of literature), Hermeneutics, and Existentialism.  

Areas of Competence : Eastern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Metaphysics. 

Academic Positions and Research Experience

Present Position: Associate Professor of Philosophy, King`s College Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, King`s College Wilkes-Barre, PA (1996 "2002).

Teaching Fellow, The State University of New York at Buffalo , (1993 "1996).

Research assistant to Jorge J.E. Gracia Fall 1992. Research for his A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology (1995).
Awards, Honors, and Grants

Recipient of the King`s College CELT Grant for Innovation in Teaching Spring 2004. Project: Teaching Philosophical Writing through Successive Elaboration. "

Intentionalist Interpretation was the subject of a special book session at the 2000 annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought.

Recipient of the King`s College Summer Research Grant for 1998.

One of six junior class members of Fordham University elected to F?? (Phi Beta Kappa) June1991.

Outstanding Russian Language Student Award at Fordham University , October 1991.

Elected to Phi Sigma Tau, The International Honor Society in Philosophy, May 1991.

Hughes Award for the outstanding student of philosophy in the graduating class of 1992 at Fordham University .

Selected as one of three funded graduate student participants in the Monist conference The Influence of Derrida and European Philosophy on the American Academy " February 11 "13, 1993 Racine , Wisconsin. 

Courses TaughtAesthetics

Eastern Philosophy

Existentialism and Phenomenology

Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Metaphysics

Political Philosophy

Senior Seminar: Group Thesis Supervision

Introduction to Philosophy

Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophical Ethics

Critical Thinking

Social and Ethical Values in Medicine

Ethics for Physician`s Assistants

Hermeneutics in the Twentieth Century (independent study)

Ethical Issues in Cloning (independent study)

Feminist Philosophy (independent study)

Senior Theses Directed

Foundations of a Sartrean Ethics " by Joseph Zeccardi 1999.

Schopenhauer on Music " by Rose Alaimo 2003.

Beauvoir`s Ethics of Ambiguity as Supplement to Care Ethics " by Abigail Myers 2004.

In Defense of Hedonism " by Matthew Carrino 2004.

Musical Allusion " by Jonathan Decarlo 2004.

Fiction vs. Nonfiction in The Da Vinci Code " by Jaime McAndrew 2006.

The Novel as an Ethical Instrument " by Jared Lavelle 2006.

Dispatch the Truth " by Matthew Kazmierowicz 2006.

Adam Smith and Moral Philosophy " by Jeffrey Loftus 2007.

Aquinas` Ethical Remedy for Poverty in America " by Kurt Zampier 2007.

Ontological Aspects of String Theory " by Alexis Baez 2007. College and Department Service

Curriculum and Teaching Committee, 1997 "1999; 2000-2001

Critical Thinking Project Team, 1996 "present.

Department Work-Study Coordinator, 1996 "present.

Ethics Center Faculty Development, 1996 "2001.

Faculty Advisor to Student Government, 1999-2001.

Faculty Advisor to the Socratic Society, 1999-2004.

Faculty Benefits Committee, 1999-2003.

Moreau Lecture Committee 1998-2002.

Honors Program Advisory Council, 2001-2004.

Environmental Studies Advisory Council 2005-2006.

Procedural Review Committee 2006-2007.

Acting Department Chair Fall 2006.

Honors Program Director, 2007-present. 
Editorial Activities

Series Editor, Popular Culture and Philosophy (Open Court Publishing).

Books in the series:

Vol. 1 William Irwin ed. Seinfeld and Philosophy (1999).

Vol. 2 Irwin, Conard, and Skoble eds. The Simpsons and Philosophy (2001).

Vol. 3 William Irwin ed. The Matrix and Philosophy (2002).

Vol. 4 James South ed., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy (2003).

Vol. 5 Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson eds., The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003).

Vol. 6 Eric Bronson ed., Baseball and Philosophy (Winter 2004).

Vol. 7 Richard Greene and Peter Vernezze eds., The Sopranos and Philosophy (Spring 2004).

Vol. 8 Mark Conard and Aeon Skoble eds., Woody Allen and Philosophy (Fall 2004).

Vol. 9 David Baggett and Shawn Klein eds., Harry Potter and Philosophy (Fall 2004).

Vol. 10 Jorge J.E. Gracia ed., Mel Gibson`s Passion and Philosophy (Fall 2004).

Vol. 11 William Irwin ed., More Matrix and Philosophy (Winter 2005).

Vol. 12 Tom Morris and Matt Morris eds., Superheroes and Philosophy (Spring 2005).

Vol. 13 Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker eds., Star Wars and Philosophy (Spring 2005).

Vol. 14 Lisa Heldke, Kerri Mommer, and Cindy Pineo eds., The Atkins Diet and Philosophy (Fall 2005).

Vol. 15 Gregory Bassham and Jerry Walls eds., The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (Fall 2005).

Vol. 16Derrick Darby and Tommy Shelby eds., Hip-Hop and Philosophy (Fall 2005).

Vol. 17 Peter Venrnezze and Carl Porter eds., Bob Dylan and Philosophy (Winter 2006).

Vol. 18 Gary Hardcastle and George Reisch eds., Monty Python and Philosophy (Spring 2006).

Vol. 19 Carolyn Madia-Gray, Kerri Mommer, and Cynthia Pineo eds., Harley Davidson and Philosophy (Spring 2006).

Vol. 20 Eric Bronson ed., Poker and Philosophy (Spring 2006).

Vol. 21 Mark Wrathall ed., U2 and Philosophy (Spring 2006).

Vol. 22 Greene et al ed., The Undead and Philosophy (Fall 2006).

Vol. 23 Held and South eds., James Bond and Philosophy (Fall 2006).

Vol. 24 Baur and Baur eds., The Beatles and Philosophy (Fall 2006).

Vol. 25 Drumin and Baggett eds., Alfred Hitchcock and Philosophy (Winter 2007).

Series Editor, The Blackwell Philosophy and PopCulture Series (Blackwell Publishing)

Books in the Series:

Vol. 1 Robert Arp ed., South Park and Philosophy (2006)

Vol. 2 William Irwin ed., Metallica and Philosophy (2007)

Vol. 3 Jeremy Wisnewski ed., Family Guy and Philosophy (forthcoming Fall 2007)

Vol. 4 Jason Holt ed., The Daily Show and Philosophy (forthcoming Fall 2007)

Vol. 5 Sharon Kaye ed., Lost and Philosophy (forthcoming Fall 2007)

Vol. 6 Davis , Weed, and Weed eds., 24 and Philosophy (forthcoming Fall 2007)

Vol. 7 Jeremy Wisnewski ed., The Office and Philosophy (forthcoming Fall 2007)

Vol. 8 Jason T. Eberl ed., BattlestarGalactica and Philosophy (forthcoming Spring 2008)

Vol. 9 Mark White and Robert Arp eds. Batman and Philosophy (forthcoming Spring 2008)

Vol. 10 Henry Jacoby ed., House M.D. and Philosophy (forthcoming Spring 2008) 

Review Activities

Anonymous Referee for The Journal of Value Inquiry.

Anonymous Referee for the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Anonymous Referee for Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature .

Anonymous Referee for Yale University Press.

Anonymous Referee for Blackwell Publishing.

Anonymous Referee University Press of Kentucky .

Membership and Service in Professional Associations

The American Philosophical Association

*Member of the Advisory Committee to the Program Committee of the APA East 2005-2007.

American Society for Aesthetics

National Association of Scholars
Publications: Books Authored

Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, December 1999). Nominated for the American Philosophical Association Young Scholar`s Book Prize.

Critical Thinking: A Student`s Introduction (with G. Bassham, H. Nardone, and J. Wallace), ( New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001; 2 nd Edition 2004). 
Publications: Books Edited

The Death and Resurrection of the Author? ( Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, 2002).

 Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture (co-edited with Jorge J.E. Gracia) ( Lanham , MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). 

Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery ( Malden , MA : Blackwell Publishing, 2007). Translated into Portuguese. 

More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded ( Chicago : Open Court , 2005).

The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real ( Chicago : Open Court , 2002). New York Times bestseller. Translated into Japanese, Portuguese, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, and Turkish.

The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D`oh! of Homer (with M. Conard and A. Skoble) ( Chicago : Open Court , 2001). *#2 on Amazon.com`s list of Best Philosophy Books of 2001. New York Times backlist bestseller. Translated into Italian Japanese, Korean, Turkish, German, Russian, and Portuguese.

Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing ( Chicago : Open Court , 2000). Translated into Turkish, Hebrew, and Portuguese.

Publications: Scholarly Articles

1. Against Intertextuality, " Philosophy and Literature 28 (2004): 227-242.

* Nominated for the 2005 American Philosophical Association Article Prize.  

2. What Is an Allusion? " The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 59 (2001): 287-297.

3a. The Aesthetics of Allusion, " The Journal of Value Inquiry , 36 (2002): 521-532.

3b. Die Kunst der Anspielung, " Zeitschrift für Philosophie , on line 2000.

4. Philosophy and the Philosophical, Literature and the Literary, Borges and the Labyrinthine, " in Gracia, Korsmeyer, and Gasché eds. Literary Philosophers : Borges, Calvino, Eco (Routledge, 2002), pp. 27-45.

5. Philosophy as/and/ of Popular Culture " in Irwin and Gracia eds. Philosophy and the Interpretation of Popular Culture ( Lanham , MD : Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2006).

6. Philosophy and the History of Philosophy: On the Advantage of Nietzsche, " American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 75 (2001): 25-43.

7. Intentionalism and Author Constructs, " in Irwin ed., The Death and Resurrection of the Author? , pp. 191-203.

8. A Critique of Hermeneutic Truth as Disclosure, " International Studies in Philosophy 33 (2001): 63-75.

9. An Author Construct There Must Be, " Di"logos 74 (1999): 169-177.

10. Sartre, Freedom, and the Gambler, " Contemporary Philosophy 16 (1994): 9 "13.

11. Sartre on the Emotions: A New Evaluation, " Dialogue (PST) 38 (1995): 1 "7.

12. Depression, Informal Fallacies, and Cognitive Therapy: The Critical Thinking Cure? " (with G. Bassham) Inquiry , forthcoming.

13. Intention and Foresight in the British Law of Murder, " Sorites 9 (1998): 6 "15.

14. Plato`s Two Immortalities, " Contemporary Philosophy 20 (1998): 3 "8. 
Publications: Pedagogical Articles

1. Philosophical Literacy: Are There Things Every Philosopher Needs to Know? " American Philosophical Association Newsletters 98 (1998): 128 "130.

2. Existential Jeopardy : Reviews and Responsibility, " Journal for the Development of Philosophy Teaching 8 (1998): 8 "11.

3. A Modest Proposal to Students, " The Teaching Professor , 13 (1999), p. 8. 
Publications: Popular Articles

1. This Search Goes On: Christian, Warrior, Buddhist, " in Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery ( Malden , MA : Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming 2007).  

2. Cracks in The Da VinciCode " The Philosophers` Magazine 33 (2006), pp. 48-49.

3. Nietzsche and the Art of Eating: A Sound Mind in an Atkins Body, " in Heldke, Mommer, and Pineo eds., The Atkins Diet and Philosophy ( Chicago : Open Court , 2005), pp. 18-27.

4. The Matrix of Control: Why The Matrix Still Has Us, " in More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded ( Chicago : Open Court , 2005), pp. 12-25.

5. (with Jorge J.E. Gracia) Race Matters in The Matrix : Is Morpheus Black? Is Race Real? " in More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded ( Chicago : Open Court , 2005), pp. 177-184.

6a. Gibson`s Sublime Passion : In Defense of the Violence, " in Gracia ed., Mel Gibson`s Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy ( Chicago : Open Court , 2004), pp. 51-61.

6b. reprinted in Michael Petracca and Madeleine Sorapure eds., Common Culture Fifth Edition ( Upper Saddle River , NJ : Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007), pp. 612-621.

7. Pilate`s Question: What Is Truth? " in Gracia ed., Mel Gibson`s Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy ( Chicago : Open Court , 2004), pp. 127-136.

8. Condensed Philosophy, " in Pearson, Hattikudur, and Hunt eds., Condensed Knowledge ( New York : HarperCollins, 2004 ), pp. 217-238.

9. Computers, Caves, and Oracles: Neo and Socrates, " in Irwin ed., The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real ( Chicago : Open Court , 2002), pp. 5-15.

10. (with J.R. Lombardo) The Simpsons and Allusion: Worst Essay Ever, " in Irwin, Conard, and Skoble eds., The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D`oh! of Homer ( Chicago : Open Court , 2001), pp. 81-92.

11. Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life? " in Irwin ed., Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing ( Chicago : Open Court , 2000), pp. 3-14.

12. Kramer and Kierkegaard: Stages on Life`s Way, " in Irwin ed., Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing ( Chicago : Open Court , 2000), pp 38-58. 

Publications: Book Reviews

1. Review of William Elford Rogers`s Interpreting Interpretation , International Studies in Philosophy , 32 (2000): 143-144.

2. Review of Peter Berkowitz`s Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist , The Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (1998): 575 "577.

3. Review of Jorge J.E. Gracia`s A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology, Sorites 3 (1995): 64 "68.

4. Review of Ray Perkins`s Logic and Mr. Limbaugh , Contemporary Philosophy 18 (1996): 26.

5. Review of Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn`s How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age , Teaching Philosophy 20 (1997): 325 "326.

6. Introduction to the book Discussion of Jorge J.E. Gracia`s How Can We Know What God Means?: The Interpretation of Revelation , American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (2004): 481. 
Work in Progress

Art and the Aesthetic: A Neo-Wittgensteinian Account "

What Is Intentionalism? "

Existential Answers: The Human Condition and What to Do about It
Introducing Philosophy with Popular Culture (a textbook co-edited with Kimberly Blessing)

Conference Presentations

1. The Closed Nature of a Poem, " Syracuse University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 1993.

2a. Sartre on the Emotions: A New Evaluation " The Tri-State Philosophical Association Fall Meeting Mercyhurst College Erie , Pennsylvania October 23, 1993.

2b. Sartre on the Emotions: A New Evaluation, " The North American Sartre Society at Denison University in Granville , Ohio May 11, 1996.

3. The Voluntary and Involuntary Nature of Belief, " The Tri-State Philosophical Association Fall Meeting Mercyhurst College Erie , Pennsylvania October 29, 1994.

4. Plato`s Two Immortalities, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis February 1995.

5. Intention and Foresight in Criminal Responsibility, " The Tri-State Philosophical Association Fall Meeting Mercyhurst College Erie , Pennsylvania October 28, 1995.

6a. Forget About the History of Philosophy: On the Advantage of Nietzsche, " American Catholic Philosophical Association Western New York Regional Conference, Niagara University November 11, 1995.

6b. Philosophy and the History of Philosophy: On the Advantage of Nietzsche? " Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Denver , Colorado October, 1998.

7. Reviving the Author, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis February 23, 1996.

8. Interpretation and Medical Ethics: Text and Author, " 24th Conference on Value Inquiry D`Youville College Buffalo , New York April 19, 1996.

9. Philosophical Literacy: Are There Things Every Philosopher Needs to Know? " The Tri-State Philosophical Association Fall Meeting Behrend College Erie , Pennsylvania October 26, 1996.

10. An Analysis of Gadamer`s Hermeneutics: The Fusion of Horizons, Prejudice, and Tradition, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis February 28, 1997.

11. Texts Have No Meaning: A Critique of Hirsch in Defense of Humpty Dumpty, " Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania April 25, 1997.

12a. Truth Without Method: A Critique of Hermeneutic Truth as Disclosure, " Realia Conference Truth: Classical, Modern, Academic, Popular , Estes Park , Colorado August 4, 1997.

12b. A Critique of Hermeneutic Truth as Disclosure, " Pacific Division Meeting of The American Philosophical Association Los Angeles , California March 27, 1998.

13. An Author Construct There Must Be, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis February 27, 1998.

14. What Is an Allusion? " Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics at Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, March 20, 1999.

15a. The Aesthetics of Allusion, " Central Division Meeting of The American Philosophical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 6, 1999.

15b. The Aesthetics of Allusion, " national meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Reno , Nevada , October 27, 2000.

16. Family Resemblance, Philosophy, and the Philosophical, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis February 25, 2000.

17. Family Resemblance, Literature, and the Literary, " Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics at the University of South Carolina March 25, 2000.

18. Against Intertextuality, " national meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Minneapolis , MN October 26, 2001.

19a. Philosophy as/and/ of Popular Culture, " Philosophy and the Interpretation of Popular Culture Samuel P. Capen Conference Buffalo , NY April 2, 2004.

19b. Philosophy as/and/ of Popular Culture, " American Catholic Philosophical Association satellite meeting at the American Philosophical Association meeting December 2004.

20a. Art and the Aesthetic: A Neo-Wittgensteinian Account, " Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Fall Meeting, September 24, 2004.

20b. Art and the Aesthetic: A Neo-Wittgensteinian Account, " national meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Houston , TX October 28, 2004.

21. What Is Popular Culture? " Pacific Division Meeting of The American Philosophical Association San Francisco , California March 23, 2005. 
Conference Pedagogical Presentations

1. Illustrating the Fallacy of Appeal to Authority: A Case Study of Junk Science, " ISETA Annual Conference , New Brunswick , Canada , October 17, 1997.

2. Weird Things and Parallel Lives : Alternative Texts and Unorthodox Approaches to Critical Thinking and Assessment, " ISETA Annual Conference, Cocoa Beach , Florida October 1998.

3. Fostering Socratic Dialogue with The List , " ISETL Annual Conference, Cocoa Beach , Florida October 2005.

4. Teaching Philosophical Writing through Successive Elaboration, " King`s College Faculty Workshop January 13, 2006.

5. (with Kyle Johnson) Engaging Primary Texts at the Introductory Level, " King`s College Faculty Workshop January 12, 2007. 
Invited Lectures

1. Philosophical Literacy: Are There Things Every Philosopher Needs to Know? " The Phi Sigma Tau Lecture at King`s College Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania November 11, 1996.

2. Literature and the Literary, " invited lecture to the philosophy club at The United States Military Academy at West Point , November 16, 1999.

3. Special book session on my Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, Edmonton, Alberta May 25, 2000. Response to Panelists who included: Jeff Mitscherling, John Bruin, and Eric Dayton.

4. Against Intertextuality, " invited lecture to the Philosophy Department at The University of Manitoba, March 16, 2001.

5a. Cultural Literacy, Pop-Cultural Literacy, and Allusion, " invited lecture to the Honors Colloquium at College Misericordia, March 30, 2001.

5b. Cultural Literacy, Pop-Cultural Literacy, and Allusion, " invited lecture to the philosophy club at The United States Military Academy at West Point , April 3, 2001.

6. Popular Culture and Philosophy, " Sienna Heights University , Michigan , April 9, 2002.

7a. The Matrix and Philosophy, " Manhattan Marymount College May 2003.

7b. The Matrix and Philosophy, " Temple University May 17, 2003.

8. Philosophy as/and/ of Popular Culture " Albright College Spring 2004.

8b. Philosophy as/and/ of Popular Culture " Columbia University Seminar on Innovation in Education January 18, 2005.

9. The Matrix of Control: Why The Matrix Still Has Us, " Wesleyan University September 16, 2004.

10. The Philosophy and Popular Culture Encounter, " Keynote Address, Transylvania University , Second Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference May 14, 2005. 
General Audience Presentations

1. Cultural Literacy, Pop-Cultural Literacy, and Allusion, " invited lecture to the Development Luncheon at King`s College, March 28, 2001.

2. Things I`ve Done Wrong, " King`s College ??S induction ceremony March 12, 2003.

 3. The Simpsons and Philosophy: Popular Culture Goes to College, " Lunch and Learn Series at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre , PA October 23, 2007. 
Conference Paper Commentaries

1. Commentary on John Mizzoni`s Moral Realism, Dilemma, Disagreement, and Pluralism, " SUNY Buffalo Graduate Philosophy Conference, April 22, 1995.

2. Commentary on Seon-Wook Kim`s What is Dialogue for Gadamer? " SUNY Buffalo Graduate Philosophy Conference February 9, 1996.

3. Commentary on Aeon J. Skoble`s The Relevance of Artists` Intentions in Interpretation and Criticism, " The Mid-South Philosophy Conference the University of Memphis , Tennessee February 24, 1996.

4. Commentary on Pol Vandevelde`s Poetry as Subversion of Narrative in Heidegger, " American Catholic Philosophical Association Seventy-second Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania March 28, 1998.

Conference Sessions Chaired

1. Moderator of the Roundtable on Truth and Religion, " Realia Conference Truth: Classical, Modern, Academic, Popular , Estes Park , Colorado August 6, 1997.

2. Session Chair at the conference Literary Philosophers? Borges, Calvino, Eco " at The Center for Inquiry in Buffalo , NY October 2, 1999.

3. Session Chair for Insight and Intuition in the History of Philosophy " at the annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Minneapolis , MN November 5, 1999.

4. Session Chair for Philosophical Perspectives on Christology " at the annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Dallas, TX November 3, 2000.

5. Session Chair for Author Meets Critics: Paisley Livingston , Art and Intention " at the American Philosophical Association December 28, 2006. 

Modern and Classical Languages
German (reading proficiency), French (some reading knowledge), Latin (some limited reading knowledge and two years of formal study), Ancient Greek (some limited knowledge), Russian (award and several years of formal study). 
Media Coverage

I have been interviewed by The New York Times , the BBC, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC, among others. (A full list is available upon request.)

References ( available upon request)

Jorge J.E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo .

Paul A. Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia .

David Carrier, Champney Family Professor, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute or Art, and Senior Fellow, National Center for the Humanities.

Peter H. Hare, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy Emeritus.

Henry Nardone, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and former Chair of the Philosophy Department, King`s College.

Gregory Bassham, , Chair of the Philosophy Department King`s College.

For More Information: http://staff.kings.edu/wtirwin/

(with G. Bassham, H. Nardone, and J. Wallace), ( New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001; 2 nd Edition 2004).  14. Plato`s Two Immortalities, " 20 (1998): 3 "8.  3. A Modest Proposal to Students, " , 13 (1999), p. 8.  6. Introduction to the book Discussion of Jorge J.E. Gracia`s , 78 (2004): 481. 

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