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Alan Goldman

Kenan Professor of Humanities

Office: James Blair 134
Email: [[ahgold]]
Phone: 757-221-1347


Alan Goldman received his B.A. from Yale and Ph.D. from Columbia. Before becoming the Kenan Professor at Wlliam & Mary in 2002, he taught at the University of Miami for 25 years, 10 as chair of the department. He has held visiting positions at the University of Auckland, University of Michigan, and University of Colorado, as well as an NEH Fellowship in Residence at Princeton. He is the author of Justice and Reverse Discrimination (Princeton, 1979), The Moral Foundations of Professional Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1980), Empirical Knowledge (California, 1988), Moral Knowledge (Routledge, 1988), Aesthetic Value (Westview, 1995), Practical Rules: When We Need Them and When We Don't (Cambridge, 2002), and Reasons from Within: Desires and Values (Oxford, 2010), as well as many articles in epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of law. His latest book, Philosophy and the Novel, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. An Author-Meets-Critics session on Philosophy and the Novel will be held at the American Society for Aesthetics in San Antonio in October 2014.  A conference on Alan Goldman's work is being planned at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, in December 2014.