Thomas A. Blackson
Lattie F. Coor Hall, 3356
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ. 85287-4302
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I was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. I went to college in the Midwest. When I graduated, I wasn't sure what to do. I decided to move to Cambridge, since some friends were moving there. I worked in computers, first at Instrumentations Laboratories and later at MIT. After a few years, I took a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My first academic jobs were visiting positions. I was a Visiting Assistant Professor, at North Carolina State University for two years and at Arizona State University for two years. My first permanent position was at Temple University. After three years, I was awarded tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy. I never much liked living in the East, so I took a reduction in rank and returned to Arizona State University when a permanent job became available. (Arizona is beautiful, and in those days there was more desert and fewer people. Plus, I had made friends in Tempe.) Two years later, I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor for a second time.
My research interests are primarily in ancient philosophy and in issues connected to artificial intelligence and rationality.
"Two Interpretations of Socratic Intellectualism" (draft, forthcoming in Ancient Philosophy)
"Plato (ca. 427-ca. 347 B.C.): Apology of Socrates." AUTOBIOGRAPHY/AUTOFICTION. An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Volume III: Exemplary autobiographical/autofictional texts. Edited by Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf. De Gruyter, Berlin. Forthcoming.
"Epicureanism" (draft) The History of Evil, Volume 1: The History of Evil in Antiquity (2000BCE-450CE), edited by Tom Angier. Acumen Press. Forthcoming.
"Extrinsic Attitudinal Pleasure." Philosophical Studies, 159 (2012), 277-291.
Ancient Greek Philosophy: From the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Philosophers. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
"Early Work on Rationality: the Lorenz-Frede Interpretation." History of Philosophy Quarterly, 27 (2010), 101-124.
"On Feldman's Theory of Happiness." Utilitas, 21 (2009), 393-400.
"On Williamson's Argument for (Ii) in his Anti-luminosity Argument." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 74 (2007), 397-405.
"Induction and Experience in Metaphysics A1." Review of Metaphysics, 59 (2006), 541-552.
"In Defense of an Unpopular Interpretation of Ancient Skepticism." Logical Analysis and the History of Philosophy: History of Epistemology, 8 (2005), 68-81.
"An Invalid Argument for Contextualism." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 68 (2004), 344-345.
I am the Book Symposium Editor for Philosophical Studies. Book symposiums are a regular occurrence in the journal. If you have a suggestion, e-mail me.
PHI 301: History of Ancient Philosophy.
PHI 315: Philosophy of Language. An introduction to computational semantics within a philosophical framework that stresses the connection of logic to computation and knowledge representation.
Spring 2010. Sabbatical
PHI 301: History of Ancient Philosophy.
PHI 333: Introduction to Symbolic Logic.
PHI 301: History of Ancient Philosophy. T, Th, 1:30-2:45. SHESC340.
PHI 420/591: Topics in Philosophy: Free Will in Ancient Thought. This is an investigation into the issue of Free Will in ancient Philosophy and ancient thought more generally. The reading consists in selections (in translation) from the ancient texts, together with certain works of the historian Michael Frede, primarily his Sather Classical Lectures, now published as A Free Will. Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought, University of California Press, 2011.
PHI 312: Theory of Knowledge. Knowledge and practical rationality.
PHI 420/591: Topics in Philosophy. Philosophy of Mathematics. A survey of Logicism, Intuitionism, and the Incompleteness Theorems. No special training in mathematics required, just a deep interest in philosophy.
PHI 319: Philosophy, Computing, and Artificial Intelligence.
PHI 420/591: Free Will in Ancient Philosophy.