William Gavin

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William Gavin

 

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Home Address  
23 Battery Point Lane
Yarmouth, Maine 04096   

University Address  University of Southern Maine Department of Philosophy PO Box 9300Portland Maine 04104-9300  

Telephone         
office:  207-780-4242 
home:  207-846-5745

E-mail   wjg43@maine.rr.com              gavin@usm.maine.edu

Date of Birth
 December 16, 1943   
Citizenship:   United States   
Education: PhD Philosophy Fordham University, 1970 Thesis:"An Aesthetic Approach to the Philosophy of William James"   MA  Philosophy Fordham University, 1967 BA  Russian Language & Soviet Area Studies          Fordham University, 1965  
Employment:   2007-2008       Chair, Philosophy Department 1977-present   Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine   
Interests:
 
American Philosophy; Russian Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy; Aesthetics; Epistemology; Philosophy of Science; Death and Dying.
Books: see below

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Books:   
 
In Dewey's Wake: Unfinished Work of Pragmatic Reconstruction, edited byWilliam J. Gavin (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003).  
Cuttin' the Body Loose: Historical, Biological, and Personal Approaches to Deathand Dying   (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995).  
William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague  (Philadelphia: TempleUniversity  Press, 1992).  
Context Over Foundation: Dewey and Marx, William J. Gavin, editor (Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1988).   
Marxism and Alternatives:  Towards the Conceptual Interaction Among SovietPhilosophy, Neo-Thomism,Pragmatism, and Phenomenology, Tom Rockmore, James Colbert, William J. Gavin, and Thomas J. Blakeley (Dordrecht:  D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1981)   
Russia and America:  A Philosophical Comparison, William J. Gavin and Thomas  J.

Blakeley (Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1976)

 

 

 

Articles (selected last ten years):  

2008:  
“James, William (1842-1910),” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
           
“Vagueness,” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
           
“Immediacy,” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
                
“Ambiguity,” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
            
“Sick Soul,” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
            
“Habit,” Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, edited by John Lachs and Robert Talisse, (New York:  Rutledge, Jan 2008)
 

2007:  
“’Problem’ vs. ‘Trouble’:  James, Kafka, Dostoevsky and ‘The Will to Believe’,” William James Studies, Vol 2 issue 1, 2007
 

2006:  
“The Importance of Context in John Dewey’s Philosophy,” Dewey, Pragmatism and Modern Philosophy, edited by Yu Wujin, (Beijing: Renmin Press, 2006)
            
“Locality in American Culture and the American Experience,” in Experience as Philosophy: On the Work of John J. McDermott, edited by James Campbell and Richard E. Hart, (New York:  Fordham University Press, 2006)

2004:    
"William James, 1842-1910," in The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy, edited by Armen T. Marsoobian and John Ryder (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, LTD, 2004) 
           
“The Importance of ‘The Vague’ in William James’s Philosophy,” Jianghai Academic Journal, 2004, #4
        

2003:   
"Contexts Vibrant and Contexts Souring in Dewey's Philosophy," in In
Dewey's Wake: Unfinished Work of Pragmatic Reconstruction (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003)             
"On 'Tame' and 'Untamed' Death: Jamesian Reflections, "Pragmatic Bioethics, edited            by Glenn McGee, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003) (Reprint of 1999)              
"Between Logic and Philosophy: A Jamesian View," Society and Culture, Vol 10, 2003 

1999:   
"On 'Tame' and 'Untamed' Death: Jamesian Reflections," in Pragmatic  Bioethics, edited by Glenn McGee (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press,  1999.)  

1998:     
"The Woman, the Warrior, and the Wedding: James's Pragmatism, Marriage,  and Divorce," The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol 12, # 4, 1998