EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Florida State University, 1965

Master of Arts (Philosophy) Florida State University, 1967

Thesis: Bergson's Analysis of Change

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami, 1969

Dissertation: Personal Identity and Individuation with Reference to the Theories of H.D. Lewis and Sidney Shoemaker

 

PROFESSIONAL HONORS/AWARDS:

NDEA Fellow (University of Miami)

NEH Summer Fellow (Brown University, 1974)

Salary Supplement for Faculty Excellence
(Georgia State University, 1975-76, 1985-86)

Georgia State University Research Grant (Spring 1983, Summer, 1976/1985)

President, Georgia Philosophical Society (1983-84)

NEH Summer Fellow (UC-Berkeley, 1990)

Invited Participant, International Futures Forum,
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001-3

 

UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS:

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Central Arkansas
September, 1969-July, 1972

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Georgia State University
September, 1972-78

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Georgia State University
September, 1978-2001 (Emeritus, 2001)

Acting Chair
Department of Philosophy
Georgia State University, 1986-87

 

COURSES TAUGHT (1969 -2001):

Introduction to Philosophy
Logic (both introductory and advanced)
Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Eastern Philosophy (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Consciousness Studies: Seminar for Honors Students
Worldviews and Theories of Human Nature (Graduate only)
Logic and Conspiracy Theory (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Spiritual Pathways (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Philosophical Problems of the Paranormal

 

PRINCIPAL SERVICE:

Executive Committee, University Senate, 1971

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy Department, 1974-2001

Educational Program Self-Study Committee, Arts and Sciences, 1976

Dean's Committee: Student Evaluation of Faculty, Arts and Sciences, 1976

Chairman, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Arts and Sciences, 1977-79

Chairman, Improvement of Instruction Committee, Arts and Sciences, 75-77,

Chairman, Distinguished Professors Award Committee, Arts and Sciences, 80

Executive Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1981-83

Steering Committee, B.I.S. Degree, College of Arts and Sciences, 1982-83

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Arts and Sciences, 1983-84

Graduate Curriculum Committee, Arts and Sciences, 1983-84

Department Honors Director, 1983-84

University Senate Representative, Faculty Affairs Committee 1984-85

Dean's Committee for the Study of Religion, 1986

Executive Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1987-89.

Petitions Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1991-1993

Executive Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1992-1994

Chairman, Grievance Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 1993-1995

Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, Arts and Sciences, 1993-1994

Chairman, Semester Conversion Committee, Dept. of Philosophy, 1996

Chairman, Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1998-2000

 

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

"Self-Identity and Self-Consciousness," Florida Philosophical Association, Sarasota, 1968

"Persons as Particulars," Arkansas Philosophical Association, Little Rock, 1971

"Incorrigibilist Defensive Strategies," Georgia Philosophical Society, Savannah, 1976

"The Concept of Oneself," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Tampa, 1974

"Privacy and Telepathy," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, 1975

"Three Dogmas of Consciousness," Southern Society for Philosophy and  Psychology, Orlando, 1978

"Hume on Identity," Georgia Philosophical Society, Oxford, Georgia, 1977

"Causation and the New Epiphenomenalism," American Philosophical Association, Cincinnati, 1978

"What is a Philosophical Problem?" National Workshop in Teaching  Philosophy, Schenectady, 1978

Commentator for "Transworld Identity," (Peter French) and Chairman of the Symposium, Conference on Philosophical Issues in Psychical Research, Denver, 1978

"Are Hard and Soft Determinism Compatible?" Southern Society for  Philosophy and Psychology, Norfolk, 1979

"Holism and Parapsychology," Popular Culture Association National Conference, Detroit, 1980

"Near-Death Experience and the Mind-Body Problem," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Louisville, 1981

"The Logic of Psychic Readings?" Georgia Philosophical Society, Atlanta, 1981

"What Could Demonstrate the Reality of NDE's?", American Psychiatry Association, Toronto, 1982

"What is Holistic Medicine?" Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Columbia, South Carolina, April, 1984

"Freedom, Causality and Compatibilism," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, 1985

"In Defense of Healing," Conference on Alternative Medicine, Sponsored by the Aesculapian Institute, Atlanta, 1987

"Philosophical Problems for a PSI Paradigm," Conference on Mind, Matter, and Meaning, Georgia State University, April, 1987

"Principles of Energy Monism," National Parapsychology Conference, West Georgia College, May, 1988

 "From the Many to the One," Raphaelite Institute, Baltimore, June, 1987

"How to Render Healing Less Anomalous," TREAT III National Conference, Kansas City, March, 1991

"Rationality and Conspiracy Theory," TREAT V National Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March, 1993

"What Interdimensional Penetration Explains About Healing," ISSSEEM National Conference, Monterey, CA, June 28, 1993

"What Out-of-Body Experiences Tell Us About Consciousness," TREAT VI  National Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, April 29, 1994

"The Concept of 'Spirit Possession'," International New Science Association,  Ft. Collins, Co, November, 1995

"How OBEs are Relevant for the Mind-Body Problem," Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, University of Arizona, April 1996

"Energy-Consciousness: A Bridge Between Science and Spirituality," ISSSEEM National Conference, Boulder, Co, June, 1996

 "Perennialism as a Coming Worldview," Whole Life Exposition, Atlanta, November, 1996

"Challenges for Spirit Releasement Therapies," Association for Spirit  Releasement Therapy, Orlando, March, 1997

"The Farther Reaches of Healing: An Exploration of Dissociative Identity Disorder," Atlanta Whole Life Expo, November, 1997

"In Defense of Energy Monism: A Symposium," Scientific and Medical Network, Regents College, London, December, 1997

"Foundations of Systems Holism," Centre for Systems Research, Lincoln University, Lincoln, England, December, 1997

 "Are Traditional and Alternative Medicine Always Complementary?" University of Warwick (England), July, 1998

"Four Theories of Time," Scientific and Medical Network, Regent's College,  London, December, 1998

"Psychoneuroimmunology and the Perennial Wisdom," National Conference  of the Kundalini Research Network, Atlanta, October, 1998

"Head, Heart, and Healing: A Workshop with Suzanne Winterton," Scientific and Medical Network, London, December 6, 1998.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books:

A Preface to Philosophy, 8th ed. (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2006)

Paradigm Wars (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1996)

Waves of Destiny (Spiritual Awakening in the Midst of Depression, Panic, and the Paranormal), under publishing review

 

Articles:

"Selves and Minds," Religious Studies (September, 1970), pp. 73-89

"A New Epiphenomenalism?", Australasian Journal of Philosophy (August. 1974), pp. 14-23.

"The Reversibility of Absolute Time," Philosophical Studies (July, 1976), pp. 124-131

 "The Concept of Oneself," The New Scholasticism (Spring, 1977), pp. 13-24.

"Consciousness and Brahman-Atman," The Monist (January, 1978), pp. 56-69

"Holistic Theories of Time," Re-Vision (Fall, 1980), pp 14-28

 "Holism and the Foundations of Morality," Re-Vision (Spring, 1981), pp. 52-64.

"Near-Death Experience and the Mind-Body Problem," Anabiosis,   (Summer, 1981), pp. 57-65.

"Five Arguments Regarding the Objectivity of NDEs," Anabiosis, (June, 1983), pp. 63-75.

"Implementing Employee Rights: A Critique," in Snoeyenbos, Almeder, and Humber, eds., Business Ethics, 1st ed., 1983.

"The Perennial Wisdom and Moral Philosophy," The American Theosophist (Fall, 1984), pp. 327-344

"Philosophy and Frontier Science: Is There a New Paradigm in the Making?" Radical Knowledge, Spring, 1987. Reprinted, with revisions, in David Lamb, ed., New Horizons in the Philosophy of Science (Athenaeum Press:Newcastle, England, 1992), pp. 26-49.

"Psychic and Spiritual Healing," in Victoria Weston, Selecting Your Psychic (Atlanta, GA: Oscar Dey Publishers, 1988), pp. 117-154.

"Is Pure Consciousness Possible?" in Robert Foreman, ed., The Problem of Pure Consciousness (Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 254-269.

"Beyond Dualism and Materialism: A New Model of Survival," in Gary Doore, ed., The Possibility of Life Beyond Biological Death (Tarcher, 1990), pp. 122-138

"How to Render Healing Less Anomalous," Proceedings of the TREAT III Conference, March, 1992), pp. 98-114.

 "Meeting One's Positive and Negative Attachments," Connecting Link (December, 1993), pp. 108-110.

"Out-of-Body Experiences and the Mind-Body Problem," New Ideas in Psychology (April, 1994), pp. 1-17.

"Why OBEs are Significant: A Reply to my Critics," New Ideas in Psychology (April, 1994), pp. 48-54.

"The Concept of Disease in Alternative Medicine," Biomedical Ethics Reviews, 1996, pp. 325-355

"Energy Monism and the Mind-Body Problem," Journal of the Scientific and  Medical Network (Britain), Summer, 1996, pp. 18-22.

"Patanjali," Blackwell's Companion to the Philosophers, ed., Robert Arrington  (London: Blackwell Publishers, Ltd., 1999), pp. 603-605.

"Why Dossey is an Energy Monist," Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, Fall, 1997, pp. 20-25.

"Psychoneuroimmunology and the Perennial Wisdom," Proceedings of the 5th  National Conference on Kundalini, Atlanta, October, 1998.

"Hume on Causality: Where's the Gap," Idealistic Studies, Fall, 1998

"Worldviews in Transition," invited chapter in Wider Horizons, ed. David Lorimer (Edinburgh: Floris, 2001)

"Is There a Third Enlightenment in the Making?"  Proceedings of the International Futures Forum, St. Andrews, Scotland, November 6-10, 2001. 

"Consciousness and Energy Monism," in Thinking Beyond the Brain, ed .David Lorimer (Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books), 2002.

 

REVIEWS:

"A Matter of Personal Survival," Michael Marsh, The American Theosophist, (Fall, 1985)

"Order Out of Chaos," Ilya Prigogine, Re-Vision, (Spring, 1985)

"Toward A World Theology," Reat and Perry, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December, 1988.

"Our Solarian Legacy," Paul Von Ward, Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, December, 2003

Erik Ferguson, "OBEs Require Larger Paradigm," Brain Mind Bulletin January, 1995

Erik Ferguson, "A Philosopher Tours the Battlegrounds of Science in Paradigm Wars," Brain Mind Bulletin, May, 1996

David Lorimer, "Review of Paradigm Wars," Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network (Britain), November, 1996

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

 

Manuscript Reviewer for Wadsworth Publishing Company

Editorial Board, Journal of Near-Death Studies

Referee for Teaching Philosophy

NEH Workshop on Argumentative Writing, California Lutheran College, 1985

Program Chair, National TREAT IV Conference, Atlanta, April, 1992

Invited Participant, International Futures Forum, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001-2003

 

COMMITMENT TO TEACHING EXCELLENCE:

Developed substantive criteria for College Teaching Award, 1980

Chair of College Committee for Improvement of Instruction, 1975-77

Developed unique and highly successful pre-text for introductory courses, 8 editions adopted nationally