Dr. Daniel Kolak

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Author of numerous books, articles, stories, essays, and a novel, Daniel Kolak has lectured all over the world. His published works are in the areas of philosophy of mind, personal identity, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, Wittgenstein, cognitive science, and logic. As Series Editor of the Wadsworth Philosophers Series and Philosophical Topics he oversaw the publication of over 135 volumes; presently he is Series Editor of the Longman Library of Philosophy (Allyn/Bacon-Longman). He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Towson State University, University College, and the University of Maryland, where after beginning his studies in physics he received his doctorate in philosophy in 1986. He has directed and composed professionally for the stage, including his highly acclaimed version of Sartre's No Exit at the Source Theater in Washington, D.C. His most recent film work is the original score for Forsaken Cries: The Case of Rwanda, produced by Amnesty International and narrated by Danny Glover. Among his books are I Am You: The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics (Springer, 2004), Questions, Quantifiers and Quantum Physics (Springer 2004), On Hintikka (Wadsworth 2001), Wittgenstein's Tractatus (McGraw Hill, 1998), From the Presocratics to the Present: A Personal Odyssey (McGraw Hill, 1998), In Search of God: The Language and Logic of Belief (Wadsworth, 1994), Lovers of Wisdom (Wisdom, 1998), In Search of Myself: Life, Death, and Personal Identity (Wadsworth, 1998), Wisdom Without Answers (3rd ed., Wadsworth, 1997), The Experience of Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2005), Self & Identity (Macmillan, 1991), and Self, Cosmos, and God (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993). He lives with his wife and four children in New York.

Publications:

Books:

  • I Am You: The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics, Springer 2004
  • Questions, Quantifiers and Quantum Physics (with John Symons), Springer 2004
  • The Experience of Philosophy, 6th ed., Oxford University Press, 2005; 5th ed., 2002; 4th ed., 1998, 3rd Edition, 1995; 2nd Edition, 1993; 1st Edition 1990
  • The Standard History of Philosophy (with Garrett Thomson), Longman 2005
  • The Principles of Cognitive Science (with Bill Hirstein, Pete Mandik, and Jonathan Waskan), Routledge, forthcoming
  • On Hintikka, Wadsworth 2001
  • Questioning Matters, McGraw Hill 2000
  • Wittgenstein's Tractatus, McGraw Hill 1998
  • From the Presocratics to the Present: A Personal Odyssey, McGraw Hill 1998
  • In Search of Myself: Life, Death and Personal Identity, Wadsworth 1999
  • The McGraw Hill Anthology of Western Philosophy, Foreword by W.V.O. Quine, McGraw Hill 1998
  • Lovers of Wisdom, 2nd ed., Wadsworth 2001; 1st ed. 1997; Chinese translation, Beijing University Press 2004
  • In Search of God: The Language and Logic of Belief, Wadsworth 1994
  • Wisdom Without Answers (with Ray Martin), 5th ed., Wadsworth 2002; 4th ed., 1998; 3rd Ed., 1995; 2nd Ed., 1991; 1st. Ed. 1989; Korean translation, Sakeyul Press 2003; Portugese Translation 2004
  • One Thousand and One Questions, Wadsworth 1994
  • From Plato to Wittgenstein: The Historical Foundations of Mind, Wadsworth 1994
  • Self, Cosmos, God (with Ray Martin), Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich 1993
  • Self and Identity (with Ray Martin), Macmillan 1991

Articles and Chapters:

  • "Morality and the Problem of Other Persons: From Sidgwick to Rawls and Parfit," The Experience of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • "The Man Who Mistook Himself For the World," Experience of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • "The Results are In: The Scope and Import of Hintikka’s Philosophy," in Quantifiers, Questions and Quantum Physics, Springer 2004, pp. 205-268
  • "Nicholas Krebs: Coincidentia Oppositorun and the Identity of the Infinite," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Erwin Schrödinger: Wave Mechanics and the Advent of Quantum Theory," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Augustus De Morgan: Application of Algebraic and Numerical Analysis to Science," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Carl Neumann: Galilean-Newtonian Theory of Mechanics," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Alfred North Whitehead: Actuality, Possibility, and Ingression Through Subject to Object" Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Hendrik Lorentz: Local Time, the Fitzgerald Contraction and the Lorentz Transformation as the Basis for Einstein’s Restricted Theory of Relativity," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Johann Bernouilli III: Mathematical Calculus, Differential Equations and the Tautochrone Curve," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "William Wollaston: Three Dimensional Geometrical Conception of Atoms and the Camera Lucida" Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Johann Balmer: the Role of the Spectral Series Formula in the Advent of Quantum Mechanics," Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Victor Hess and the Discovery of Cosmic Rays" Encyclopedia of Astronomers, Thomas Hockey, ed., Dordrecht, (Netherlands): Springer, 2005
  • "Is Hintikka’s Logic First Order?" (w/ Matti Eklund) Synthese, 131(3): 371-388 June 2002
  • "Consciousness, Self and Reality," (with Daniel Dennett); in Questioning Matters
  • "Philosophy, the Bible and God," (with Alvin Plantinga); in Questioning Matters
  • "Aesthetics: the State of the Art," (with Jerrold Levinson); in Questioning Matters
  • "Finding Our Selves: Identification, Identity and Multiple Personality," Philosophical Psychology 6 (1993) 363-386
  • "The Metaphysics and Metapsychology of Personal Identity: Why Thought Experiments Matter in Deciding Who We Are," American Philosophical Quarterly, 30 (1993) 39-50
  • "Art and Intentionality" The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 48 (1990) 158-162.
  • "Personal Identity and Causality: Becoming Unglued," with R. Martin, American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (1987) 339-437
  • "Quantum Cosmology, the Anthropic Principle, and Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" in The Experience of Philosophy, Kolak & Martin, ed., Wadsworth 1995, pp. 427-459
  • "Zeno's Paradox Refined," (with D. Goloff), in The Experience of Philosophy, Wadsworth 1995, Kolak & Martin, eds., pp. 41-56
  • "Experiment II," in The Experience of Philosophy, Kolak & Martin, eds., pp. 330-337
  • "The Wine is in the Glass," in Questions for the Soul, Keith Kraseman, ed., Copley Publishing 1998

Talks :

  • "Questions, Quantifiers, and Quantum Physics: A Roundtable Symposium," American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 2004
  • "IF Logic, Nonlocality, and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics," Invited Paper, American Philosophical Association, with J. Hintikka and J. Van Benthem, Chicago, March 2004
  • "Symposium: Philosophy and the Arts—the Aesthetics of Jazz; A Roundtable Dialogue Between Philosophers and the World of Jazz Musicians and Teachers," WPUNJ, March 2003
  • "Jazz and Philosophy," Music Honors Seminar Guest Lecture, WPUNJ, October 2002
  • "Generating Ideas for Research," Program of the 6th Annual Conference of the NJCS Fairleigh Dickinson University, April 2002
  • "Turning Communication Theory Inside Out: Why in Talking to Me You Are Talking to Yourself," Keynote Address, 59th Annual NY State Communication Association, Monticello, NY, Oct. 2001
  • "Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance: Wittgenstein’s Ontology of Language," 59th Annual New York State Communication Association, Monticello, NY Oct. 2001
  • "Dennett, Sperry, and the Bifurcation of Consciousness," 59th Annual New York State Communication Association, Monticello, NY Oct. 2001
  • "The Metaphysics of Identity," Research Seminar, HSS, WPUNJ Nov. 2000
  • "I Am You," Bergen Community College, Oct. 2000
  • "This Talk Has No Title," New Jersey Humanists, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Nov. 2000
  • "Much Ado About Nothing," New Jersey Humanists, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Nov. 1999
  • "Logic, Space, and Architecture: The Implications of Technology," MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 1997
  • "The Inward Journey," RV Sun Lecture, Malacca, Malaysia, March 1997
  • "Aloneness," RV Sun Lecture, Phuket, Thailand, March 1997
  • "Relationship," RV Sun Lecture, Bombay, India, March 1997
  • "Freedom," RV Sun Lecture, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 1997
  • "The Wholeness of Life," RV Sun Lecture, Muscat, Oman, March 1997
  • "Living With Insight," RV Sun Lecture, Mombasa, Kenya, March 1997
  • "Is the Universe a Computer Program?" College of Wooster, Ohio, Oct. 1997
  • "Nonstandard Set Theory, Zeno's Paradox and Rationality: What Does Mathematics Encode?" University of Maryland, Oct. 1995
  • "Quantum Cosmology and the Origin of the Cosmos," Vistafjord Lecture, Barcelona, Spain, September 1995
  • "Mind and Its Place in Nature," Vistafjord Lecture, Sorrento, Italy, Sept. 1995
  • "The Greek Origins of Philosophy, Science and Mathematics," Vistafjord Lecture, Athens, Greece, September 1995
  • "Philosophy and Global Ethics," Vistafjord Lecture, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 1995
  • "Cloning, Ethics and the Law: a Response to Melinda Roberts," New Jersey Regional Philosophy Meeting, April 1995
  • "The Church vs. Galileo," Felician College, April 1994

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