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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 William & 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), Philosophy and the Novel (Oxford, 2013), and  Life's Values: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being, and Meaning (Oxford 2018). He has also edited Mark Twain and Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield 2017). Goldman has published many articles in epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of law.

Current Scholarship

Goldman's most recent book, Life's Values: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being, and Meaning, appeared with Oxford University Press in late 2018. His current research consists in articles on further arguments for the subjectivity of values and evaluative judgments and an upcoming talk on chastity. (Updated Jan. 2019)

Alan Goldman's CV 2022 (.pdf)