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ABOUT THE EDITORS
Georgios Constantine Pentzaropoulos
Professor of Information and Communication Technologies, Department
of Economics, University of Athens, Greece. Former appointments:
Research Associate, Control Systems Centre, University of Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology (UK); Honorary Research Fellow,
Department of Computer Science, University College London (UK).
Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Information Systems
Evaluation. Academic Membership: Information Society Technologies
Network (EU), Complex Systems Network of Excellence (EU), British
Science Association, Aristotelian Society, International Society for
Research interests: human-computer interaction, applied mathematical
modelling, information systems and communication networks, knowledge
economy and society, philosophy and technology.
After a spell of 1950s university maths, science, darts, beer, and
bad rhythm-guitar playing in skiffle group, I switched to medicine.
Qualifying in the 1960s, I worked 35 years in the British National
Health Service, twenty five as medical consultant/ senior lecturer,
latterly also medical director of large English teaching hospital.
Examiner for foreign medical degrees/ teacher abroad for London
College exams. Retired 2000 and worked 8 years part-time as
medico-legal and medical management consultant. In 2008, having
always had an interest in history of science and maths, and in
philosophy, I decided to study the latter more rigorously, I embarked
on an external London BA (Phil), signed up for Pathways support, and
graduated with first-class honours and year prize in 2011.
My interests are in philosophy of science/ maths, metaphysics, and
hardy perennials such as free will, causation, time and the mind-body
Craig is a panel member for Ask a Philosopher.
Paul Fagan holds a PhD from the University of Hull and has read
widely in both science and the arts. His interests within the world
of philosophy include ethics, political philosophy, and environmental
philosophy; but particularly any areas where philosophy may be applied
to solving problems we experience in the present: hence, Paul is a
member of the Society for Applied Philosophy. Currently, Paul works
on an ad hoc basis for universities in northern England and their
affiliated organisations. Quite recently he has been involved in
working with persons who have challenges to their learning process.
Prior to becoming a philosopher Paul worked in business.
Paul is a panel member for Ask a Philosopher.
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Hubertus Fremerey is a theoretical physicist who has worked as a
computer software developer in the industry. In his philosophical
work, he has sought to understand modern industrial and
postindustrial society and state and its philosophical aspects
indicated by such catchwords as 'progress', 'alienation',
'modernization'. He has contributed articles to Philosophy Pathways
on the notion of a 'good society' and a critique of the 'two
cultures' of scientists and humanists.
He is a member of the Board of the International society for
Terence Edward teaches political philosophy at the University of
Manchester, where he did his undergraduate degree in social
anthropology and PhD in philosophy, thesis title 'The Idea of a
Conceptual Scheme'. Prior to his PhD, he did his MA in philosophy at
University College London. He edits the philosophy of anthropology
section for the database PhilPapers and has written articles in
philosophy of social science, political philosophy and metaphysics.
He has also made two (very primitive) online video games.
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Rev. Eric George is Professor of Certificate Programs at Bible
University (Canada) and a New Zealand based Christian apologist,
hailing from European and Polynesian ancestry. He completed his
undergraduate studies with BibleU (BBS in Biblical Studies) and
CharterU (BA in Religious Studies and Theology), going on to complete
an MA in Religion and Anthropology. He has an academic interest in
comparative religions, biblical studies, history of religion and
natural theology with proficiency in philosophy of religion. He is a
member of Theology and Natural Sciences in Aotearoa, International
Apologetics Society and is particularly proud to be a member of the
ISFP. As an apologist Eric is associated with Ratio Christi and
Thinking Matters NZ. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in
theology and philosophy of religion.
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Matthew Sims, born in 1974 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), studied
cultural and physical anthropology briefly at Marquette University.
After taking a 15-year academic hiatus, touring the world as
professional musician, he gave up his career to study philosophy.
Residing for the last 10 years in Berlin, Germany, he has recently
completed his fourth and final year towards an honors BA in
philosophy for the University of London International Programme,
graduating with a First. He will be attending the University of
Edinburgh this year to carry out his Msc in philosophy by research
degree. His interests are philosophy of language, philosophy of mind,
philosophy of perception and embodied/extended cognition. His upcoming
research will focus upon providing a metaphysically and empirically
coherent characterization of how environmental features can be
constituents of perceptual processes -- thereby making explicit how a
relational view of perception may be grounded. To date, he is a panel
member on the Ask a Philosopher forum askaphilosopher.wordpress.com.
Mike Adams is an artist, educator, theorist, and activist hailing
from the Seattle-area in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. He
received a prestigious Fulbright Creative Arts Grant and spent the
2011-2012 academic year in Norway, where he had a major sculptural
installation at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Currently a PhD
student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, a
low-residency program in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory based
in Portland, Maine, USA, his particular research interest revolves
around the idea of spatio-temporality in aesthetic experience. He
will present his paper 'Space as Time: Heterotopias in Renaissance
Paintings of The Annunciation' at the Renaissance Conference of
Southern California in June 2015. His art is represented by Matzke
Fine Art and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, Washington, USA, and
can also be seen on his website, MikeAdamsArtist.com.
Richard Grego is a philosopher and cultural historian in the Faculty
of Social Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University. His current
research focuses on philosophy of mind and metaphysics, comparative
philosophies of religion and science, and cultural history. His
latest publication is 'An Evolving Dialectic: Contesting Conceptions
of Nature in American Ideas from Transcendentalism to Pragmatism' in
the journal History of Intellectual Culture.
Prior to his academic career in philosophy, he was a criminal
investigator and polygraph examiner for the 19th Judicial Circuit
Office of the Public Defender and Office of Probation/ Parole,
instructor at the Indian River State College Criminal Justice
Institute and International Academy of Polygraph, and Academic
Director of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council.
Nicole Note is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (VUB). She holds a Bachelor's degree in
Occupational Therapy (1980, Brugge, Belgium), a Bachelor's degree in
Latin-America Studies (1986, Leiden, The Netherlands), a Master's
degree in Languages and Cultures of Indian America (1990, Leiden, the
Netherlands) and a Doctoral degree in Moral Sciences (VUB, 2007).
Drawing on contemporary continental philosophy, she focuses on how
depth in meaning in life is enacted. She has found that its mechanism
can best be comprehended by studying this in people's lives, more in
particular by analyzing deep moments of being moved. Such moments
reveal that depth is brought about by an interruption of
thematisation. Elaborating on this, she also tries to understand
other mechanisms of enactment of meaning in life, at this stage
conceived of as an inherent entanglement of sense and signification,
or broader, sense and being. Her search has taken her to ontological,
epistemological and methodological questions, with all the inspiring
and frustrating challenges this entails.
Pieter Meurs holds a master degree in Social & Cultural Agogical
Sciences, and a master and doctoral (2013) degree in Philosophy and
Moral Sciences (VUB -- Free University of Brussels). He has presented
and published papers on (post-)phenomenology, critical theory and
contemporary political philosophy and has written extensively on
Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy. His current research is
focused on the philosophy of globalization, myths and worldviews.
Drawing on contemporary continental philosophy, he investigates what
a changing world means to us and how we can act upon it. The central
question draws upon the insights of how praxis (de)constructs our
everyday worldview. This means an investigation into the relation
between social critique and questions of ontology.
Eric DeJardin is a first year student with the University of London's
International Programme (UoLIP). He's pursuing the UoLIP BA in
philosophy, which is administered by Birkbeck College. Prior to
registering with UoLIP, Eric studied philosophy for fourteen months
with Dr. Geoffrey Klempner. His pre-philosophy passion was martial
arts, and over the course of a decade he studied Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do,
Western Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Despite
the sobering data and the dictates of common sense, he hopes to pursue
a PhD in philosophy after he completes his studies with UoLIP. He
consoles himself by reflecting on the fact that it's at least
logically possible that he should someday earn a living teaching
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Khashaba, D. R., b. 1927, is an independent philosopher. In the
preface to the first edition of his first book, published when he had
turned seventy, he describes himself as a man who 'throughout a life
beset by many constricting, troublesome and tragic circumstances and
events, though not denied certain blessings, has had one overriding
and abiding passion -- call it addiction if you will: the urge to
find answers satisfactory to his mind to questions that most sane
people raise at an early stage of their lives then throw behind their
backs to attend to the business of living.' Following that first book,
Let Us Philosophize (1998, 2008), Khashaba has published Plato: An
Interpretation (2005), Socrates' Prison Journal (2006), Hypatia's
Lover (2006), The Sphinx and the Phoenix: Collected Essays (2009),
Plato's Memoirs (2010), Quest of Reality (2013), and Metaphysical
Reality: Philosophical Papers (2014). Translations into Arabic are
being published by The National Center for Translation, Cairo.
Khashaba, a widower, with one daughter, Hanan, and one granddaughter,
Farah, lives in his home-country Egypt.
Timothy E. Taylor
Tim Taylor did his first degree in Classics and Greats (Philosophy
and Ancient History) at Pembroke College, Oxford. Later, he studied
for a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London while
working as a civil servant, achieving it in 2007. In 2009 he took a
career break and became a visiting research fellow with the
Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. In 2011 he left
the civil service altogether to allow him to spend more time on
writing and academic research. He is now associated with the
Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre at Leeds, where he also does
some teaching on applied ethics.
Most of Tim's recent research has been on the philosophy of
well-being and prudential value and their relationship to public
policy. He is also interested in value more widely, and in reasons
for action, objectivity and other issues in metaethics. His book
Knowing what is Good for you: a Theory of Prudential Value and
Well-Being (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is listed on the Pathways
Features page. He has also written articles for Philosophy Pathways
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Social Welfare, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, Journal of
Value Inquiry, and for a forthcoming collection Well-being in
Contemporary Society (Berlin: Springer 2014).
Tim's other interests include creative writing -- he has published a
novel, Zeus of Ithome (Crooked Cat 2013), set in ancient Greece --
and playing the guitar. He lives in Meltham, near Huddersfield with
his wife Rosa and daughter Helen.
Since 2013 Christopher Norris has been Distinguished Research
Professor in Philosophy at Cardiff University.
He is one of the world's leading scholars on deconstruction, and the
work of Jacques Derrida. He has written numerous books and papers on
literary theory, continental philosophy, philosophy of music,
philosophy of language and philosophy of science. More recently, he
has been focussing on the work of Alain Badiou in relation with both
the analytic tradition (particularly analytic philosophy of
mathematics) and with the philosophy of Derrida.
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Peter Jones is an independent researcher living in West Yorkshire.
His main philosophical interest is in untangling metaphysics and, at
the level of metaphysics, clarifying the relationship between
'Eastern' and 'Western' philosophy. He is an occasional contributor
to the Philosophy Pathways e-journal and a panel member for Ask A
Philosopher. He has an undergraduate degree in music and a Fellowship
Award from the International Society of Philosophers for an essay From
Metaphysics to Mysticism.
Donovan Roebert is a South African artist and writer. His published
works are Samdhong Rinpoche: Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised
World, The Gospel for Buddhists and the Dharma for Christians, as
well as four novels, Lama Charlie's Big Bang and Whimper, The Odissi
Girl, The Rose Girl of Dharamkot and The Liberators. He has for some
years taught Humanist Buddhist theory and practice, and his article
The View of Selfhood in Buddhism and Modern Psychology appears in the
2013 edition of Studies in Comparative Religion. He is married and
lives in the central Karoo.
Sharon Kaye is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in
Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Philosophy
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her PhD in
1997 from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral
fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her original
interest lay with medieval philosophy and William of Ockham in
particular, but she now works primarily on philosophical topics in
Some of her books are: Philosophy for Teens Volumes I and II with
Paul Thomson (2006, 2007), Medieval Philosophy (2008), Black Market
Truth, Book One of The Aristotle Quest: A Dana McCarter Trilogy
(2008), Critical Thinking (2009), and Philosophy: A Complete
Introduction (2013). She also edited The Onion and Philosophy (2010),
The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy (2011), What Philosophy Can Tell You
about Your Lover (2012).
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Martin Jenkins gained a BA in Philosophy from the University of
Bolton followed by a MA from the University of Liverpool and a
Postgraduate Certificate of Education. He has taught Adult Education
courses in Philosophy and is currently a mentor at Pathways to
Philosophy, a panel member of Ask a Philosopher, as well as
contributing articles to the Philosophy Pathways e-journal.
In 2009, Martin received the Fellowship Award from the
International Society for Philosophers for his dissertation
'Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy? An Examination of Friedrich
Nietzsche's Doctrine of Will to Power'.
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Professor Erwin Bello Laya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree
major in Philosophy and Mass Communication at Saint Paul Seminary in
Cavite City, Philippines. He earned his Master of Arts in Theology
major in Religious Education from Ignatian Institute of Religious
Education Foundation (Holy Cross of Davao College) in Davao City,
Philippines. He has completed all the academic requirements for the
degree in Doctor of Philosophy also at the same institution. Since
2002 up to the present, he has been teaching Philosophy, particularly
in Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Man, Social Philosophy, Rizal, and
Sociology at Brokenshire College, Philippines; and Theology such as
Christology and Christian Morality at University of Immaculate
Conception and San Pedro College as a part time professor.
Professor Laya is the module developer of the two instructional
materials at Brokenshire College, Module in Philosophy of the Human
Person and Module in Logic and Correct Thinking. In 1997-1998, he was
a magazine editor of Alitaptap, a scholastic magazine of Diwa
Scholastic Press, Philippines. He was a contributor of the local
newspaper in Cotabato City, Philippines, The Mindanao Cross, and
currently a contributor of the Pathways e-journals. He is married to
Mona Labial Laya with two sons: Paul Benedict and Joseph Lorenzo.