Emeriti Faculty


George Dickie is a Professor Emeritus.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA.  His main interests are in aesthetics, where he has published extensively.  He is the author of Aesthetics: An Introduction (Pegasus, 1971), Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis (Cornell University Press, 1974), The Art Circle (Haven Publications, 1984), The Century of Taste, (Oxford Press, 1996), Evaluating Art (Temple University Press, 1988),  Art and Value (Blackwell, 2001), and Aesthetic Journey: Selected Essays (Chicgo Spectrum Press) 2007.  He co-edited Aesthetics: A Critical Anthology (St. Martin's Press, 1977, second edition 1989), Introduction to Aesthetics (Oxford,  1997).  George Dickie has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), the Guggenheim Foundation, the A.C.L.S (twice), and the Advanced Studies for the Humanities at Edinburgh.  He was a member of the Humanities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago during  1993-1994.


Walter Edelberg is an Associate Professor Emeritus. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His primary interests are in philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of logic, and history of early modern philosophy. His publications include “A New Puzzle About Intentional Identity” (Journal of Philosophical Logic, 1986), “The Fifth Meditation” (The Philosophical Review, 1990), “A Case for a Heretical Deontic Semantics” (Journal of Philosophical Logic, 1991), “Propositions, Circumstances, Objects,”  (Journal of Philosophical Logic, 1994), “A Perspectivalist Semantics for the Attitudes” (Noûs, 1995), and “Intersubjective Intentional Identity” (Journal of Philosophy, October 2006). He is a recipient of three university teaching awards. He has been a visitor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

W. D. Hart (A.B. scl, Harvard College, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969). Generally known as Bill, he is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was chair of the philosophy department from 1994 until 2006 and from which he retired in June 2011. He previously taught at the University of Michigan (1969–74), University College London (1974–91), and the University of New Mexico (1992–93).  He visited at CCNY, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University.

Hart’s primary interests are logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His book The Engines of the Soul is an argument for dualism as a solution to the mind–body problem. The Evolution of Logic is a critical history of the relations between logic and philosophy over the last 130 years, and it reflects the core of his teaching over his career. Readings in the Philosophy of Mathematics, which he edited with an introduction, is a successor to the old Hintikka volume (the two have no overlap, the newer volume being a collection of philosophy papers, not mathematics).

Neal Grossman is an Associate Professor Emeritus. He has a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. His special interests are Spinoza, mysticism, and the epistemology of parapsychological research. His older articles have been published in the Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Synthese. Some of his recent articles are "Who's Afraid of Life After Death?" published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Fall 2002, "Reason: Stairway to the Transcendent?" published in the Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, July, 2003, "Some Thoughts on Super-ESP" and "Further Thoughts on Super-ESP" published in the Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, July 2005 and Jan 2006, respectively; "Four Errors Commonly Made by Professional Debunkers" Journal of Near-Death Studies,  Spring 2008;  Review of “The End of Materialism” by Charles Tart (with David Schaffer)  Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2010;  Review of “The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation”  (by Holden et al), Journal of Near-Death Studies 2010; Foreword to “Science and the Near-Death Experience” by Chris Carter, 2010. "On Elephants and Matters Epistemological: Reply to Cardena" Journal of Scientific Exploration 2011.  He has published a book on Spinoza, Healing the Mind: The Philosophy of Spinoza Adapted For a New Age, (Susquehanna University Press, April 2003). He is a four time recipient of the Silver Circle Teaching Award.

Kent Wilson is an Associate Professor Emeritus.  He received  his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969.  His areas of interest are in the philosophy of language and metaphysics, language and mind, linguistic theory, philosophical logic and epistemology.  He is presently doing research on mind and language, pragmatics and logic, theories of meaning and truth, and on indexicals and anaphora.  Recent publications include "The Intentional Fallacy: Defending Beardsley" (coauthored with George Dickie, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1995), and  "Some Reflections on the Prosentential Theory of Truth" (in Truth or Consequences: Essays in Honor of Nuel Belnap, D. Reidel, 1990).