Department of Philosophy

Dr. Daniel Kolak


Office: Preakness 312
Phone: 973-720-2426
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Department: Philosophy, Liberal Studies
Position: Professor of Philosophy

Area Specialization
Philosophy of Mind, Personal Identity, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mathematics


Research statement: 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.  He lives with his wife and four children in New York.

Courses recently taught: Liberal Studies Capstone, Philosophy Capstone, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of History, Concepts of the Person

Recent 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

Recent publications: 

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Is Hintikka’s Logic First Order?" (w/ Matti Eklund) Synthese, 131(3): 371-388 June 2002