Lorenzo Simpson

Lorenzo Simpson

Ph.D. Yale University, 1978
M. Phil., Philosophy, Yale University, 1973
M.S., Physics, University of Maryland, 1970
Further study in Physics, University of Maryland, 1970-1
B.A., Physics and Philosophy, Yale University, 1968

Harriman Hall 233
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Areas of Specialization

Contempoarary continental philosophy (hermeneutics and critical theory); philosophy of the social sciences; philosophy of science and of technology; neopragmatism and postanalytic philosophy (Rorty, Davidson, Quine and Putnam); philosophy and race

Trained in both physics and philosophy, Lorenzo Simpson's research interests include contemporary Continental philosophy, philosophy of the natural and social sciences, philosophy of technology, neopragmatism, and philosophy and race. His recent work has emerged from a critical engagement with various aspects of postmodernism. This has culminated in two books, Technology, Time and the Conversations of Modernity (Routledge, 1995) and The Unfinished Project: Toward a Postmetaphysical Humanism (Routledge, 2001). Simpson is now exploring the science and multiculturalism debates, as well as the relationship between musical aesthetics and social theory. He has also published articles and book chapters in the areas of hermeneutics, Critical Theory, the philosophy of science and technology, and African-American philosophy. Simpson is a member of the Consulting Board of Stony Brook's Humanities Institute, the program committee of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and is on the editorial board of a number of professional journals. He was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and he has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2008, Simpson will be the Visiting Mars Professor in the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics and the Department of Philosophy at Yale University. He is also an aspiring jazz saxophonist.

Selected Publications

  • The Unfinished Project: Towards a Postmetaphysical Humanism (Routledge)
  • Technology, Time and the Conversations of Modernity (Routledge, 1995)
  • 'Communication and the Politics of Difference: Reading Iris Young', in Constellations
  • 'Humanism, Postmodernism and Irony', in Studies in Practical Philosophy
  • 'Critical Theory, Aesthetics and Black Modernity', in A Blackwell Companion to African American Philosophy, ed. Tommy Lott and John Pittman (Oxford)

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Colloquia


Collegium Workshop: Adam Israel

February 12th
3:00-5:00 pm


Faculty/Student Research Colloquium:
Prof. Gabrielle Jackson and Brendan Conuel

February 24th
1:00-3:00 pm


Lecture: Katja Vogt

February 25th
4:00 pm


Silverman Award Lecture: Harrison Fluss

March 10th
4:30 pm


PhD Recruitment Roundtable

March 23rd
2:30 pm


Karen Burke Lecture: Sabrina Hom

March 24th


Graduate Colloquium: 
Jennifer Carter and Catherine Carol

March 30th
1:00 pm

Lecture: Zhang Ji, Visiting Scholar

April 7th
4:00 pm


Faculty/Student Research Colloquium: 
Prof. Jeff Edwards and Soren Whited

April 27th
1:00 pm


Bodies and Race Symposium

May 5th and 6th

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