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Dr. McFarland received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and was a Chateaubriand Fellow at the Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His areas of specialization include metaphysics, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of language. Dr. McFarland teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to Philosophy of Science. He is also a co-faculty adviser with Dr. Trusso for the LaGuardia Philosophy Club. More information is available at his website:
CHERI LYNN CARR
Assistant Professor with a Ph.D and M.A. in Philosophy (The University of Memphis). Her areas of specialization include Ethics, Feminism, Philosophy for Children, Existentialism & Post-Structuralism, Kant and the German Enlightenment, and Environmental and Food Ethics. She teaches Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, and Medical Ethics. She is currently working on her first book,Deleuze's Kantian Ethos: Critique as a Way of Life.
She received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Philosophy with minors in History and Religion, and a doctorate from Duquesne University in Philosophy. Her dissertation is on love as pedagogical ascent in Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus. With years of rigorous training in Continental Philosophy at Duquesne University, Dr. Trusso’s areas of expertise and research interests include Philosophy of Love, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Neo-Platonism, and Philosophy of Religion. At LaGuardia, she teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Love.
He received his PhD from Fordham University, New York, MA from Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome, Italy and BA from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also spent one year as a visiting scholar at the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He specializes in early modern philosophy, but he is also interested in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and African philosophy. Before coming to the City University of New York, he taught at Fordham University..
Gary Richmond has lectured in critical and creative thinking as well as in music theory at NYU and Cooper-Union, and has guest lectured in these disciplines in the USA and abroad. He has been teaching in LaGuardia’s Humanities Department in two divisions (Philosophy and Speech Communication) for over two decades. Here he is also actively involved in the work of The Center for Teaching and Learning where, for example, he co-developed and co-led faculty development seminars in information literacy, learning communities, and Web 2.0 technologies supporting contemporary pedagogies. His primary research interest is philosophical pragmatism as it relates to inquiry, democracy, and the Web, and he has written a number of papers on Peircean pragmatism and semiotics as it concerns these and related topics. In recent years he has been invited to speak at workshops and other events in conjunction with international conferences. In 2007 he presented the keynote address at a joint session of international conferences on conceptual structures (ICCS) and organizational semiotics (ICOS) in Sheffield, UK. He holds a B.Mus. degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), an M.A. from Hunter College (NYC), and has done extensive post graduate work at NYU.
Coordinator of the Philosophy and Critical Thinking Program and Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D (New York University), and BA (Johns Hopkins University), is the coordinator of the Philosophy and Critical Thinking area. His areas of specialization include Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophical Psychology, and Critical Thinking. He teaches Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, and Philosophy of Religion. His publications include The Philosopher's Way (4/e), Thinking Critically (8/e) Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing (3/e) and The Thinker's Way.
LESLIE A. AARONS
LESLIE A. AARONS
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Aarons earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University. She holds an M.A. degree in Phenomenological Psychology, also from Duquesne University. Her specializations are in Environmental Ethics, Public Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. Dr. Aarons created the Philosophy Club and designed courses in Environmental Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy here at LaGuardia Community College. She is presently writing a book on Environmental Public Philosophy.
Dr. Payal Doctor is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and has been an advisor to LaGuardia's Phi Theta Kappa chapter since 2011. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado (2000); her M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University (2004); and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool, UK (2010).
PhD in Cognitive Science and Philosophy (The Graduate Center, CUNY), MA in Physiological Psychology (San Francisco State University). His areas of specialization include cognitive science and the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and meta-ethics. He teaches Logic and Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, Philosophy of Religion, and the interdisciplinary cluster 'Minds, Brains, and Consciousness'. More info available at his website:
MA and BA in philosophy (Binghamton University) is an instructor of philosophy. His areas of interest include the metaphysics of personal identity, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, epistemology and the philosophy of love and sex. He teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking. Watch documentaries on philosophy and science on his blog: Berto: Philosophy Monkey. His publications include the chapter "Pope Admits: God Ain't Said Shit to Me - The Onion on the Existence of God" from the forthcoming book The Onion and Philosophy (2010).
SHANNON B. PROCTOR
Shannon B. Proctor
Shannon Proctor has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University. Her work explores the connections between and among feminist theory, phenomenology, and social and political philosophy, with a particular focus on the ways in which bodily habits both impede and engender social transformation. She currently teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics and is working with Dr. Carr to develop a new course on the Philosophy of Gender of Sex.
Dr. Albrecht received her M.A. in Indology, Classics, and Philosophy from Albertus Magnus Universität Köln, Cologne, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her areas of specialization include Metaphysics and Object Theory, Philosophy of Language and Mind, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, and Political Philosophy. She teaches Philosophy of Art and Philosophy of Law, as well as Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and the interdisciplinary cluster “Creativity.”
Adjunct Faculty and Staff
BA in Philosophy from Temple University 1965 MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research 1975 Studied Plato and Aristotle with Seth Benardete, Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger with Hannah Arendt, Phenomenology with Aron Gurwitsch, Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Life with Hans Jonas Acting Director, The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research 1973-1977. I taught a variety of courses in Philosophy and literature in the program from 1971-1983 Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at LaGuardia Community College 1980--present Instructor in Philosophy at Pace University 2008—present Co-Founder Executive Wine Seminars 1981.
Received a BA from the College of Wooster, a Masters of Theological Studies from Drew University Theological School, and a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia. His publications include articles in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Critical Texts, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Review of Biblical Literature, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Contemporary Pragmatism and The Dictionary of Literary Biography (see
) . He is co-editor (with Casey Haskins) of Dewey Reconfigured (SUNY Press), and co-editor (with Frederick Weidmann). of Enigmas and Powers: Engaging the Work of Walter Wink for the Classroom, Church, and World (Wipf and Stock). He has taught courses in philosophy, religion, and critical thinking in colleges throughout the New York area. He is editor of
, and blogs from time to time at
Has taught in the Humanities Department at LaGCC for ten years. Originally from New Zealand, he graduated from Victoria University with an honors degree in history. He came to New York in 1987 to pursue opportunities in experimental music and performance and his work has been performed in over twenty countries. This ranges from the Guggenheim Museum through to CBGB’s. and he has recorded more than twenty CD’s. He has a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media from Brooklyn College, and an MFA in Interactive Media Arts from Hunter College. His special interests are ethics, creativity, religion, politics and racket ball.
George Tsouris earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia University in 2002, and a master's degree in early childhood education from Hunter College in 2005. He also teaches courses on Japanese literature. After living in Japan, his research interests have focused on ethics and justice, especially as applied to post-war Japanese contexts, such as the literature, manga, butoh and the arts. In addition to academics, Mr. Tsouris has also composed and directed the opera
(2010), and the dance piece
Death of the Buddha
(2011), as well as directing several repertoire and contemporary operettas. He also creates animation for short films and video games.
(Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985 while he was an administrator at Pratt Institute, Michael A. Mauro has been an attorney in private practice since 1988. Mr. Mauro joined the faculty of the Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York in 1989 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Mr. Mauro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosopy from Fordham College, Bronx, New York; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
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