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Dr. Erik Anderson

Professor of Philosophy & ESS, Chair of Philosophy

PROFESSOR

SYCAMORE COTTAGE 206B
EANDERSO@DREW.EDU
(973) 408-3871

EDUCATION

B.A., M.A., Ph. D., University of Colorado

COURSES

Drew Seminar (Personal Identity and Immortality), Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Problems of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Environmental Aesthetics.

PUBLICATIONS

1994 • “Kant, Natural Kind Terms, and Scientific Essentialism,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 11, 355-73.

1996 • “Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Victorian Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science Preprint Series, Latrobe University.

1997 • “Dispositional Essentialism: Alive and Well,” Philosophical Papers 26, 195-201.

2005 • “How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Synthese, vol. 144, p. 373-379.

2008 • “Philosophical Essentialism Meets Scientific Essentialism,” Contemporary Philosophy, vol. XXIX, 2008.

2008 • “Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, 15: 13-20, 2008.

2010 • “Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” Contemporary Aesthetics, volume 8, 2010.

2010 • “Ethics Commands, Aesthetics Demands: Environmental Aesthetics for Environmental Justice in Newark,” Environmental Philosophy, volume 7, No. 2,  p. 115-133.

2011 • “Freedom for Scientific Essentialists,” Contemporary Philosophy, (forthcoming).

2012 • “Nature, Aesthetics and Cognition,” Contemporary Philosophy, (forthcoming).

PRESENTATIONS

“Two Arguments for Scientific Essentialism (and Where They Fail),” presented at Monash University Colloquium Series, Monash Univerisity, Melbourne, Australia, September 18, 1994.

“Some Business About Laws,” Monash University Colloquim Series, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, April 28, 1995.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” presented at LaTrobe University Colloquium Series, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, June 14, 1995.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, July 6, 1995.

“Inference to the Best Explanation and the Essentialist Theory of Laws,” Colloquium Series, Monash University, Melbourne Australia, June 26, 1998.

“Inference to the Best Explanation and the Essentialist Theory of Laws,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1998.

“Strong Theories of Laws: The Current Debate, and Who’s Winning,” at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, July 10, 1999.

“Strong Theories of Laws: The Current Debate, and Who’s Winning,” at William and Paterson University Department of Philosophy Spring Colloquium Series, February 23, 2000.

“How General Is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Australasian Association of Philosophy annual Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 9, 2002.

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” Dispositions and Laws of Nature, Conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Philosophy, February 7-9, 2003

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, Digby, Nova Scotia, August 18-23, 2003.

“How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy Conference, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, October, 2003.

“Armstrong and the Eleatic Principle,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 8-13, 2005.

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy Conference, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, November 12, 2005

“Generalizing Scientific Essentialism,” Athens Institute for Education and Research Annual Philosophy Conference, Athens, Greece, June 1-3, 2006

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, Ithaca, NY, July 30, 2007.

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom,” New Jersey Regional Association of Philosophy, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, November 3, 2007.

“Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise and the Possibility of Freedom”, XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea, July 31, 2008.

“Sailing the Seas of Cheese,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, July 7, 2009.

“Freedom for Scientific Essentialists,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, July 18, 2010.

“Nature, Aesthetics, and Cognition,” REALIA Annual Summer Philosophy Conference, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, August 1, 2011

“Nature, Aesthetics, and Cognition,” Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, July 3, 2012.

“Cheesy Goodness,”  Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada, March 8, 2014.

“Nature Aesthetics and the Scientific Image,” Australasian Association of Philosophy annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, July 7, 2014

“Silence Is Golden,” Australasian Association of Philosophy annual Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, July 4, 2016

Dr. Marc Boglioli, Department Chair
Associate Professor of Anthropology & ESS, Chair of Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Timothy Carter

Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science & ESS

Dr. Shagufta Gaffar

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Research Area – Soil Science/Environmental Science

Hall of Sciences 101

sgaffar@drew.edu

Dr. Gaffar is a researcher in the fields of soil science and environmental science. She has a particular interest in biochar and its effects on various aspects of soil health and plant growth. Biochar is a type of charcoal that is made from organic materials and can be used to improve soil quality, sequester carbon, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Dr. Gaffar’s research focuses on the effects of biochar on soil characteristics, microbial populations, carbon sequestration, and pesticide retention. She also studies the combined effects of biochar with other amendments, such as rhizobium and mycorrhizal fungi, on plant growth and soil nutrient levels. Dr. Gaffar’s research aims to better understand the potential benefits of biochar in agriculture and environmental management, and to identify ways to optimize its use for maximum impact.

Dr. Summer Harrison

Associate Professor of English & ESS

Dr. Ryan Hinrichs

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Caspersen School of Graduate Studies,

Professor of Chemistry & ESS,

Dr. Lisa Jordan

Director, Spatial Data Center, and Associate Teaching Professor of Biology, ESS, and Public Health

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (world’s highest botanical garden, 8200 feet), Vail, CO – Summer 2013

Lisa Jordan is Director of the Spatial Data Center at Drew University.  She is also Associate Teaching Professor of Biology, ESS, and Public Health.  Her teaching and research interests focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in environmental justice, public health, and population geography.  In particular, her current research explores demographic changes in countries experiencing acute food insecurity. She also led the EPA-Drew University partnership (2013-2015) to promote spatial analytical research of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and currently teaches a coursesto support the Civic Engagement curriculum on campus.

Click here for CV.

Contact: email – ljordan@drew.edu | phone – 973-408-3740 | skype – Lisa.Anselmi.Jordan| LinkedIn – LAnselmiJordan

Dr. Maria Masucci
Associate Dean for Faculty in Arts & Sciences

Professor of Anthropology & ESS

Dr. Phil Mundo
Director of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program

Professor of Political Science & ESS

pmundo@drew.edu
973-408-3436

BIOGRAPHY

After earning a PhD in political science at the University of California – Berkeley and spending several years working at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Phil Mundo joined the Drew faculty in 1986. He teaches courses on American Politics and Public policy and has directed Drew’s Washington Semester Program and the London Semester Program.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

American government, public policy, environmental policy and energy policy.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Business Influence in State-Level Environmental Policy” in M. Kraft and S. Kamieniecki (ed.) Business and Environmental Policy: Corporate Interests in the American Political System (MIT Press, 2007) [with B. Rabe].

National Politics in a Global Economy: The Domestic Sources of U.S. Trade Policy (Georgetown University Press, 1999).

Interest Groups: Cases and Characteristics (Nelson-Hall Publishers, 1992).

Dr. Mary-Ann Pearsall
Professor of Chemistry & ESS
Dr. Tammy Windfelder
Associate Professor of Biology & ESS
Dr. Andrea Woodka
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry & ESS