Professor Micheal LevinB.A., Michigan State University,1964
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1969
Michael Levin has published four books: Metaphysics and the Mind-Body Problem, Feminism and Freedom, Why Race Matters, and Sexual Orientation and Human Rights. In addition, he has published about 150 essays, book reviews and occasional pieces, approximately half in technical philosophy and half concerning current events.
His academic interests focus on logic, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology and philosophy of mind. An early and, he feels, unjustly neglected paper presaged the "simulation" theory of our knowledge of other minds that is now the rage. In recent years he has been defending a reliabilist approach to knowledge, particularly in the area of induction. He believes philosophy should be rigorous, and as for hermeneuticists, deconstructionists and other riffraff, he would like to know who let them in. His more popular writings concern the advantages of the free market, racial justice, gender justice, and innate sex differences.
He believes in the Jeffersonian, Millsian conception of a small government, although he belongs to no militia. He has a wife and two children, enjoys bicycling, and ran the 1999 New York City Marathon.