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Alan Goldman

Kenan Professor of Humanities, Emeritus

Email: [[ahgold]]


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), Reasons from Within: Desires and Values (Oxford, 2010), and Philosophy and the Novel (Oxford, 2013), as well as many articles in epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of law.

Current Scholarship

Goldman's edited collection on Mark Twain and Philosophy will appear soon. He also has finished a manuscript on pleasure, happiness, well-being, and meaning in life. (Updated Sept. 2017)

Alan Goldman's CV 2016