Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, UCF, Orlando
Professor, UCF Department of Philosophy
New Book: Nancy A. Stanlick, American Philosophy: The Basics, Routledge, 2013.
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Web Sites and Blogs of Personal Interest:
The Philosopher, Thomas Hobbes
(4/5/1588 - December 1679)
My Cat, Thomas Hobbes
(4/5/95 - 11/08/13)
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." ~ Anonymous
A controversial quotation from Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion: God is a "misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
Some of My Favorite Quotations:
"True friends stab you in the front." --Oscar Wilde
"Hope is the thing with feathers/that perches in the soul./And sings the tune without the words/and never stops at all." --Emily Dickinson
"We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal." --Oscar Wilde
The idea is to die young as late as possible. --Ashley Montagu
"But by safety must be understood, not the sole preservation of life in what condition soever, but in order to its happiness. For to this end did men freely assemble themselves, and institute a government, that they might, as much as their humane condition would afford, live delightfully." --Thomas Hobbes, De Cive
Picture above from vacation,
July 2011, St. Thomas, USVI.
A personal note:
Live every day like it is the last.
"The world has tilted but
The world has expanded
And the world has turned
My world upside down."
--Carly Simon, from "Scar"
Scars are tattoos with better stories. --Unknown
Some of My Publications:
2014, 2015. Asking Good Questions: Case Studies in Ethics and Critical Thinking, co-authored with Michael Strawser, Focus/R. Pullins 2014; Hackett, 2015.
Routledge. Published November 2012. Amazon.com info.
2004. Philosophy in America, Volume I. For info, click here for Pearson Prentice Hall's Web Page
2004. Philosophy in America, Volume II. For info, click here for Pearson Prentice Hall's Web Page
2015. "One Hundred Years of American Ethics: Pluralistic, Pragmatic Coherence," Historical Essays in Twentieth Century American Philosophy, ed. John R. Shook, v. 11 of American Philosophical Association Presidential Addresses. Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center. Series site: http://www.pdcnet.org/apapa .
2013. "Gratitude, Disability, and Philosophy," Florida Philosophical Review, Presidential Address, Vol. XIII Winter 2013, 1-13.
2010. "Reconciling with Harm: An Alternative to Forgiveness and Revenge," Florida Philosophical Review, Vol. X., Summer, 88-111 (online).
2007. “Individual-Centered Collaborative Research,” Teaching Philosophy. March.
2006. "A Hobbesian View of International Sovereignty," Journal of Social Philosophy, 37:4 Winter: 552-565.
2006. “Creating an Honors Community: A Virtue Ethics Approach,” The Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council,Spring/Summer 2006: 75-91.
2005. “Individualism, Community, and Academic Integrity,” Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, ed. Jack A. Chambers, Jacksonville, FL, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (March): 171-184.
2002. "Hobbesian Friendship: Valuing Others for Oneself," Journal of Social Philosophy, 33:3 Fall: 345-359.
2002. “Lords and Mothers: Silent Subjects in Hobbes’s Political Theory,” International Journal of Politics and Ethics, 1:3: 171-182. Reprinted 2002 in Patrick Hayden and Tom Langston, eds., Ethics and Politics, Nova Publications, 2002: 139-150.
1999. “The Nature and Value of Supererogatory Actions,” The Journal of Social Philosophy, 20:1 (Spring 1999): 209-222.
Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility, Jan 2007-December 2008. A grant project of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. For more information, seehttp://ucfcorecommitments.wordpress.com.
Quality Enhancement Plan for Information Fluency. 2006-2008. A pilot project of the UCF Department of Philosophy with the UCF QEP for IF. For more information, see http://www.if.ucf.edu.