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Norman Whitman

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Norman Whitman

Lecturer of Philosophy

Office: N1050
713-221-2059
whitmanno@uhd.edu

​Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2015 from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Norman Whitman has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes College, and in Fall 2016, join UHD’s philosophy program as a lecturer.  Dr. Whitman also has extensive experience teaching philosophy at a wide-range of institutions including Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Tennessee State University.  His research interests include medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and nineteenth century philosophy, but his primary focus is on the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza.  He has two forthcoming articles: “A Cartesian Misreading of Spinoza’s Understanding of Adequate Knowledge” in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal and “The Reality of Modes in Spinoza’s Philosophy” in Idealistic Studies.  Dr. Whitman also has numerous presentations on Spinoza and the history of philosophy including presentations at the Pacific APA and Central APA conferences. 

​Ph.D. in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

  • ​Modern Philosophy
  • Jewish and Islamic Philosophy
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Formal Logic
  • General Logic
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Introduction to Humanities 1 (Western Civilization Greek to Roman Period)
  • Introduction to Humanities 2 (Roman to Renaissance Period)
  • Aesthetics

​Norman Whitman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and a
B.A. in Philosophy from University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Whitman also has extensive experience teaching philosophy at a wide-range of institutions including Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Tennessee State University.  His research interests include medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and nineteenth century philosophy, but his primary focus is on the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza.  He has two forthcoming articles: “A Cartesian Misreading of Spinoza’s Understanding of Adequate Knowledge” in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal and “The Reality of Modes in Spinoza’s Philosophy” in Idealistic Studies.  Dr. Whitman also has numerous presentations on Spinoza and the history of philosophy including presentations at the Pacific APA and Central APA conferences. 

PUBLICATIONS

“A Cartesian Misreading of Spinoza’s Understanding of Adequate Knowledge.” (Forthcoming in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal).

“The Reality of Modes in Spinoza’s Philosophy.” (Forthcoming in Idealistic Studies).

“John Witherspoon” in Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, Routledge 2007.

CONFERENCES

”Rhetoric and Dialectics Employed by Al-Farabi’s Law-Giver,” 49th North Texas Philosophical Association Conference, University of Dallas, March 31-April 1, 2017.

“Maimonides’ Prophetic Truth or Spinoza’s Singular Knowledge,” Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Panel on Maimonides and Spinoza, APA Central Division Meeting, March 1-4, 2017. 

“Spinoza’s Use of Definition: A Historical Tool for Philosophical Emendation,” 48th Annual Tennessee Philosophical Association Conference, Vanderbilt University. November 4-5, 2016.

“Rhetoric and Dialectics Employed by the Law-Givers in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Philosophy,” Eleventh Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Marquette University, June 27-29 2016.

“Spinoza’s Use of Definition: A Historical Tool for Philosophical Emendation,” 17th Annual Boston College Philosophy Graduate Conference: “Philosophy of the History of Philosophy,” April 8-9, 2016.

“Finalism in Spinoza’s Physics?” APA Pacific Division Meeting Main Program, March 30-April 3, 2016.

“Finalism in Spinoza’s Physics?” Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science Conference, Institute for Research in Humanities and the Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Bucharest, November 6-7, 2015.

“Finalism in Spinoza’s Physics?” 47th Annual Tennessee Philosophical Association Conference, Vanderbilt University. October 30-31, 2015.


AWARDS

Berry Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Vanderbilt University Philosophy Department. 2006.

Phi Beta Kappa.

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