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

Thinking the Plural: Richard Bernstein’s Contribution to American Philosophy

September 26th-27th

“Other Histories, Other Temporalities: Latin American Thought in Intersection with Continental Philosophy”

Alejandro Vallega
October 8th

Fré Ilgen: Arts and Bodies

October 14th

Translating Jean-Luc Nancy: Invitations and Intrusions

October 15th

*POSTPONED* Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

October 21st

Book Presentation

Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border
October 30th

Spaces of Control: Confronting Austerity and Repression

Eleventh Biennial Radical Philosophy Association Conference
November 6th-9th

"Envelopes of Flesh"

November 7th

"The Avowal of the Truth: Torture and Confession in the Witch-Hunt"

November 13th

“Affective Labor and Feminist Politics”

Johanna Oksala
November 18th

“Heidegger's Mask: Silence, Politics and 'World Jewry' in the Black Notebooks"

Adam Knowles
November 20th

Transatlantic Collegium Workshop

Wesley Mattingly
December 1st

“The Big Picture: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions”

Kelly Oliver
December 2nd

"Violence and Hyperbole: From the Death Penalty Seminar to the 'Cogito' Essay"

Michael Nass
December 11th

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