It's Complicated

What Should I Do?

February 22, 2011

For the last several years, Amherst College Professor of Philosophy Alexander George has been on a mission: to bring philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the public sphere.

Alexander George Receives 2011-12 Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship

Alexander George

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, has awarded its 2011-12 Romanell Professorship to Amherst College Professor of Philosophy Alexander George. As part of this prestigious professorship, George is to deliver three public lectures on the Amherst campus, all on a unified theme of his choosing. “I expect to talk about belief in miracles,” George says, “via a consideration of the views of David Hume and of Ludwig Wittgenstein.”

“This honor recognizes your distinguished achievements within the field of philosophy, as well as your vast contributions to the understanding of philosophy by the public,” wrote Phi Beta Kappa Secretary John Churchill in a letter notifying George of his professorship. George’s achievements and contributions include establishing the Amherst Lecture in Philosophy series; launching the website AskPhilosophers.org and its companion book, charity and mobile app; and writing and editing numerous books and articles on philosophy (among other subjects). When asked why he believes it is important for the general public to have access to and understanding of philosophical discussions, George says, “Philosophical thought is one of the gems of human creation. A culture is impoverished in so far as they are kept out of sight, under lock-and-key in the vaults of universities.” He has taught at Amherst since 1988, holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and is himself a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

WFCR-FM: A philosophical question? There's an app for that

Philosophy professor Alexander George’s mobile app for AskPhilosophers.org was featured in this piece on the Amherst-area NPR affiliate.

There’s an App for That

New York Times: Lost in the Clouds?

Philosophy professor Alexander George wrote an eloquent defense for the relevance of the study of philosophy in the New York Times’ Opinionator blog.

Philosophy question? There’s an app for that

May 18, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — The world’s leading online resource for questions about the meaning of life, ethics and other existential matters has now launched an app for mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android phones.

Some Bricks

By Professor of Philosophy Alexander George

Some bricks at AmherstCollege have felt the presence of Isaac Newton and Samuel Johnson.

The tale begins in the early 18th Century, when Newton moved into a house at 35 St. Martin’s Street, just south of

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