Joseph Margolis

Joseph Margolis

Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy

Anderson Hall 727
215-204-8594
josephmargolis455@hotmail.com

Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University

Professor Margolis’s main interests are in the philosophy of the human sciences, the theory of knowledge and interpretation, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, American philosophy, and pragmatism.

Professor Margolis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Honorary President and Lifetime Member of the International Association of Aesthetics. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He serves on the editorial board of many philosophical journals and is completing the third volume in a trilogy of books on contemporary American philosophy. Professor Margolis is currently participating in the Department’s Vietnamese Philosophy Exchange.

Recent Courses

  • Problems in Aesthetics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • American Thinkers

Selected Bibliography

  1. Moral Philosophy after 9/11 (Pennsylvania State University Pres, 2004).
  2. The Unraveling of Scientism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century (Cornell University Press, 2003).
  3. Reinventing Pragmatism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century (Cornell University Press, 2002).
  4. “Recovering the Human Sciences,” Idealistic Studies, (2002), pp. 1-15.
  5. Selves and Other Texts: The Case for Cultural Realism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001).
  6. What, After All is a Work of Art?: Lectures in the Philosophy of Art (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999).