of Wisconsin-Parkside Philosophy Department
B.A. in Philosophy (June 1971)
Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). September 1963 -- June 1965,
September 1969June 1971. Leave of absence, 19651969, to
serve in U.S. Navy as Electronics Technician. Attained Grade of E-5,
M.A. in Philosophy (June 1974)
Cornell University. September 1971June 1974.
Ph.D. in Philosophy (January 1977)
Cornell University. September 1974January 1977. Dissertation:
"Simon of Faversham's Questions on the Posterior Analytics: A
Thirteenth-Century View of Science."
September 1985Present. Associate Professor at University
of Wisconsin at Parkside.
September 1978August 1985. Assistant Professor at University
of Wisconsin at Parkside.
Current duties: Three three-hour courses a semester. Recently,
I have taught Introduction to Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy,
Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Language, Ludwig Wittgenstein,
Justice according to Rawls and Nozick, Plato, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas,
Jean Paul Sartre, David Hume, Philosophy of Mathematics (team-taught
with a mathematical logician), Eastern Philosophy, Early Christian Philosophy,
Ethics and Conflict, Philosophy of Music, and Realism
(including "Scientific Realism" and its critics). Outside
philosophy, I taught courses for the Humanities Program in Greek Civilization,
World Religions, and Introduction to Humanities. In the past I have taught Business Ethics. I give one
or two talks a year for the Parkside Philosophical Society. I have also
given talks before the Mathematics club on Zeno's Paradoxes, Nicholas
of Cusa's mathematical theory of God (relating to my paper on Cusa),
and Dedekind Cuts and the Continuum in the Fourteenth Century (relating
to my book on William Heytesbury), and a paper before the Physics Club
on the concept of existence.
Administrative duties: at various times, Chairman of the Philosophy
Department, Chair of Committee on Advising, member of Course and Curriculum
Committee and of the Athletic Board, Chair and member of the Academic Actions
Committee, Chair of Academic Policies Committee, member of the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, of the Awards and
Ceremonies Committee, of the Information Resources Committee, of the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee, of the Scholarships and Awards Committee, of several Search Committees, and Faculty Senator.
Served as Director of Humanities Program from Fall 1993 to Spring 2001, and on the Humanities Program Steering Committee thereafter.
Served on program review committees for Music and Women's Studies. For
a number of years, an especially assigned advisor for undeclared students. Spoke at a conference on Medical Ethics for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Service: I taught non-credit courses at the Racine Correctional
Institute, a local medium security prison for men, every semester for
several years, from 1996. I have drawn some colleagues into doing this
as well, and Parkside now has a continuing low level presence of non-credit offerings at the
institution. This activity has been supported
on occasion by grants from the Wisconsin Humanities Committee.
September 1977August 1978. Visiting Assistant Professor
at State University of New York at Oswego (Oswego, New York).
September 1975August 1977. Instructor at Cornell University
(Ithaca, New York).
September 1972August 1975. Cornell Senior Graduate and Graduate
Fellow; Teaching Assistant.
September 1970August 1972. Woodrow Wilson Fellow with stipend;
Lane Cooper Fellow; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, at Cornell.
1965-1969. Service in U.S. Navy as Electronics Technician (enlisted).
Combat duty in Vietnam. Attained grade of E5.
Ockham on the Theory of Demonstration. A translation, with a substantial scholarly introduction and analytical notes, of William of Ockham's treatment of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics in his Summa Logicae and his Sentence Commentary. In effect, this is a presentation of Ockham's philosophy of Science. Notre Dame University Press: 2006.
"Aegidius Romanus and Albertus Magnus vs. Thomas Aquinas on the
Highest Sort of Demonstration (demonstratio potissima)." Documenti
e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale XIII (2002)
"The Rationality of Escapism and Self-Deception." Behavior
and Philosophy 18 no. 2 (Fall/Winter 1990) 1-20.
"Nicholas of Cusa and Man's Knowledge of God." Philosophy
Research Archives 13 (1987-88) 289-313.
William Heytesbury: On Maxima and Minima. Chapter 5 of Regulae solvendi
sophsmata with an anonymous fourteenth-century discussion. Translated
with an introduction and study. Synthese Historical Series. Dordrecht,
Holland: Reidel Press, 1984. Reviews: Eleanore Stump, History and Philosophy
of Logic 8 (1987) 85-87, "Longeway's excellent presentation...
gives us an important part of the puzzle as we continue to piece together
the history of philosophy in this period." Peter King, Philosophical
Review 96 (1987) 146-149, "A solid contribution in a neglected
With Ebbeson (Supervising Editor), Del Punta, Izbicki, Serene and
Stump. Simon of Faversham: Quaestiones super librum Elenchorum.
Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1984. Del Punta was
responsible for most of the work on this, though I probably came in
second, and did perhaps a quarter of it.
in Reference Works
“Boëthius, Anicius Manlius Severinus (ca. 480 – 524 C.E.)” (2500 words). In Medieval Science, Technology and Medicine:An Encyclopedia. Edited by: Thomas F. Glick, Steven Livesey, Faith Wallis. London: Routledge, 2006.
“Heytesbury, William.” (500 words). Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed. Edited by Donald Borchert. Detroit: MacMillan Reference, 2006.
"Medieval Theories of Demonstration." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2005 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu.
"William of Sherwood" (3000 words), "Simon of Faversham" (5000 words), and "William of Heytesbury" (5000 words). In The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy
in the Middle Ages, edited by Jorge J.E. Gracia and Timothy Noone. Blackwell, 2003.
"William of Heytesbury" and "Simon of Faversham,"
in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002), on the internet, at http://plato.stanford.edu
Articles for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Routledge
and Keagan Paul, 1998). Norman Kretzmann was editor for contributions
in medieval and patristic philosophy, and I contributed articles on
William Heytesbury (1000 words), Peter of Spain (750 words), William
of Sherwood (750 words), and John of Damascus (1000 words).
Articles for the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (Cambridge
University Press, 1995) edited by Robert Audi, Department of Philosophy,
University of Nebraska. Articles on Gregory I, Adelard of Bath, Albert
of Saxony, John of Damascus, Erigena, Erigena, Nemesius of Emesa, Nicholas
of Cusa, "nihil ex nihilo fit," "sensus communis,"
William of Alnwick, William of Auvergne, Marsilius of Inghen, Boehme,
Fludd, and Terminist Logic.
"William of Sherwood" and "Peter of Spain." Dictionary
of Literary Biography, Vol. 115: Medieval Philosophers, 315325,
360363. Edited by Jeremiah Hackett. Detroit and London: Bruccoli,
Clark and Layman, 1992.
"Medieval Philosophy," in The Reader's Adviser, 13th
ed., vol. 4 (Bowker: New York and London, 1988), 70-101. An annotated
bibliography of sources in English. A revised version of the bibliography
appeared in the 14th edition
Review of Alexander Broadie, Notion and Object (Clarendon Press:
Oxford, 1989), International Studies in Philosophy 26 (1994) 102-103.
Review of Alexander Broadie, Introduction to Medieval Logic
(Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1987). International Studies in Philosophy
22 no. 3 (1990) 90-91.
Review of Niels J. Green-Pedersen, The Tradition of the Topics in
the Middle Ages. The Commentaries on Aristotle's and Boethius's 'Topics'
(Munich and Vienna: Philosophia Verlag GmbH, 1984). History and Philosophy
of Logic 8 (1987) 77-81.
Review of Norman Kretzmann, ed., Infinity and Continuity in Ancient
and Medieval Thought (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1982).
The Philosophical Review 94 (1985) 263-265.
Review of Alluntis and Wolter, John Duns Scotus: God and Creatures.
The Quodlibetal Questions, (Princeton, N.J. and London: Princeton
University Press, 1975), The Philosophical Review 92 (1983) 431-433.
Review of Martin M. Tweedale, Abailard on Universals (Amsterdam:
North Holland Publishing Company, 1976), The Philosophical Review 90
Review of Freddoso and Schuurman, Ockham's Theory of Propositions:
Part II of the Summa Logicae (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of
Notre Dame Press, 1980), and Gabriel Nuchelmans, Late Scholastic and
Humanist Theories of the Proposition, (Amsterdam: North Holland, 1980),
The Philosophical Review 92 (1983) 302-304.
With Kretzmann, Van Dyke and Stump. "Notes and Discussions: L.M.
De Rijk on Peter of Spain." Journal of the History of Philosophy
16 (July 1978) 325-333.
With Kretzmann, Van Dyke and Stump. Review of Peter of Spain (Petrus
Hispanus Portugalensis): Tractatus called afterwards Summule Logicales,
First Critical Edition from the Manuscripts with an introduction by
L.M. De Rijk, (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1972). The Philosophical Review 84
not formally published
"Al-Farabi on the Origin of the Sciences," "Al-Ghazali's
Treatise on Logic: Proemium and Fifth Maneria," "Al-Kindi's
Introduction to the Art of Demonstration," "Dominicus Gundissalinus's
Concerning the Sciences: Chapter 2, Concerning Logical Science."
Translation Clearing House, Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State
University, 1992. (Xeroxes of these translations can be ordered, and
a catalog is sent annually to scholars on the mailing list.)
Forthcoming and in Progress
Edition of the two sets of questions on the Posterior Analytics by
Simon of Faversham (d. 1306). This is complete and is now being reviewed
for inclusion in the Corpus Philosophorum Medii Aevi, published by the
Unione Accademica Nazionale, Leo S. Olschki Editore. It has been accepted,
and another scholar, Francesco Del Punta, has now reviewed it. I have
not yet received his advised editorial changes, but he tells me they
are not extensive. The edition will come to about 400 pages, I think,
I am currently working on a translation of the logical works
of Iacopo Zabarella, working together with James South of Marquette
University, and I want to translate more of the medieval and Renaissance
literature on the Posterior Analytics. I expect to advance this work
considerably his in 2001-2002, as well as investigation into and translation
of Averroës on the Posterior Analytics, and the commentaries of
Richard Rufus and Coronel. All this bears on a study of the Posterior
Analytics tradition after Ockham, in the 14th 16th centuries.
read and commented on
"Mathematical Proof and Aristotelian Demonstration," presented
to "the Greeks," a reading group in Greek Philosophy at University
of Wisconsin at Madision led by Professor Paula Gottlieb, Spring 2002.
"The Highest Sort of Demonstration," presented to the Institute
for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Fall 2002.
"Simon of Faversham and esse in effectu." Presented at the
35th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 5, 2000.
"William of Ockham on the Possibility of a Demonstrative Science
of Demonstration." Presented at the 34th International Congress
on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan,
May 6, 1999.
Comment on Eileen Sweeney, "Analyzing Analysis: Its Different
Prototypes in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought." Central
Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 27,
"William of Ockham on the Possibility of A Demonstrative Science
of Demonstration." Read at the Central Division Meeting of the
American Philosophical Association, April 27, 1990.
"Mathematics, Logic or Physics? A Case Study in the Classification
of the Sciences." Read at The Center for the Interdisciplinary
Study of Science and Technology, at Northwestern University, October
Paper on Realism and vagueness in language at The Center for the Interdisciplinary
Study of Science and Technology, at Northwestern University, 1980.
For Sabbatical Year, 2001-02, a Fellowship at the Institute for the
Humanities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Summer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, at
a Summer Seminar for College Teachers at The University of Nebraska--Lincoln,
June 13 to August 5, 1983 (directed by Robert Audi).
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