Gary Mar

Gary Mar

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles, 1985

Harriman Hall 245
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Areas of Specialization

Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, contemporary analytic philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Asian American philosophy, Logic and Linguistics.

Professor Mar is the founding director of the Philosophy Department Logic Lab and the founding director of the Asian American Center, which was the bridge to the Wang Center donation to Stony Brook University. Mar was also the catalyst for the inclusion of Asian American Philosophy within the American Philosophical Association's Committee for Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, which he has chaired. 

Gary Mar is co-author with Donald Kalish and Richard Montague of the classic textbook Logic: Techniques of Formal Reasoning (second edition) published by Oxford University Press. Professor Mar was the last dissertation student of the great 20th century logician Alonzo Church. Mar's logic research on fractal images in the semantic of the paradoxes has been discussed in Scientific American (1991) and was presented at the Godel Centenary "Horizons of Truth" at the University of Vienna (2005).

Recent work in logic and linguistics was presented at the Tenth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation and the Georgian Academy of Sciences and Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam. Professor Mar also presented new research on Logic, Algebra and Degrees of Truth at the historic Vienna Summer of Logic (2014), the largest meeting in the history of logic gathering over 2,000 researchers in logic, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics from around the world.

Professor Gary Mar has been the receipt of a Pew Scholar Fellowship, the President’s and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and an Outstanding Professor Award from the Stony Brook University Alumni Association. He currently is Vice-Chair for the community Advisory Board for Public television WNET/WLIW, a member of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission has also received numerous community awards including awards from the Organization of Chinese Americans, the New York City Council, and the Council for Prejudice Reduction.

Selected Publications

  • The Philosophical Computer: Exploratory Essays in Philosophical Computer Modeling, MIT, with Professor Patrick Grim, Paul St. Denis, and members of the Group for Logic and Formal Semantics 
  • Logic: Techniques of Formal Reasoning (second edition), HBJ, 1980, with Donald Kalish and Richard Montague.
  • "Chaos in Cooperation: Continuous-Valued Prisoner's Dilemmas in Infinite-Valued Logic"
  • "The Modal Unity of Anselm's Proslogion"
  • "Real Life"


Curriculum Vitae

Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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