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Bill Caspary

Bill Caspary

Part-time Faculty
B.S. Physics, Wesleyan University, 1958
M.S. Physics, University of Chicago, 1960
M.A. Political Science, Northwestern University, 1962
Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern University, 1968

Bill Caspary received both his B.S. and M.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in political science. His teaching interests are primarily in democratic theory, ethics, and democracy and education. He also teaches peace Studies, conflict resolution, political psychology, and philosophy of science. Caspary's activism in the peace movement during the 1960s led him to change his academic focus from physics to political science, but his physics background led to an ongoing interest in philosophy of science and philosophy of social science. Prior to coming to Gallatin, he taught political theory for 30 years at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his teaching and political action, he has worked as an educational consultant, ombudsman, and mediator. Caspary's recent scholarship focused on the pragmatist tradition in American thought, especially the democratic and ethical theories of John Dewey. He is the author of Dewey on Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2000) and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His current scholarly work is on the history of ethical philosophy, with an emphasis on the ethics of dissent. The American Political Science Association gave him a Distinguished Career Award in 2002.


News

Bill Caspary presented “The Struggle for Fundamental Change,” at the April 2014 University Seminar on Innovation in Education, held at Columbia University. He read “Agonism, Meliorism, and Conflict Resolution in William James’s Political Theory” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, which was held in Denver, CO, in March 2014. For the Northeast Political Science Association’s annual meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA, in November 2013, he read “Contempt and Envy in Political Theory.” He participated in the Meta-Ethics Seminar at the October 2013 Association for Political Theory, held at Vanderbilt University.  

 

Contact Information

Bill Caspary

Part-time Faculty
Caspary@aol.com
1 Wash Pl, Room 619
(212) 992-6302
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Office Hours
Tuesday 3-5

Courses

2014 Fall

Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Spring

Ethics for Dissenters
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Spring

Ethics for Dissenters
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Fall

Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2012 Fall

Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

social and political thought; democratic theory; education theory and practice; political psychology - including humanistic and psychoanalytic psychology; philosophy of ethics; philosophy of science; peace studies, including conflict resolution

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