GEORGES DICKER
Philosophy Department, Chair
SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY 14420
Office: 585-395-2544
gdicker@brockport.edu

EDUCATION

  • Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii; diploma, 1960.
  • Collège de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland, 1960-61.
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1961-62.
  • San Francisco State College, 1962-65; B.A. cum laude, 1965.
  • University of Wisconsin, 1965-1969; Ph.D., 1969.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Instructor in Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, 1969-1970.
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, 1970-1973.
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, 1973-1980.
  • Professor of Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, 1980 --
  • Professor of Philosophy and Chair, SUNY College at Brockport, 1994 --

FIELDS OF INTEREST

History of Modern Philosophy, Kant, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Dewey

BOOKS PUBLISHED

  • Berkeley's Idealism: A Critical Examination, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.


  • Kant's Theory of Knowledge: An Analytical Introduction, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.


  • Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 1998.


  • Descartes: An Analytical and Historical Introduction, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.


  • Perceptual Knowledge: An Analytical and Historical Study, Dordrecht, London, and Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1980.


  • Dewey's Theory of Knowing, Philadelphia: Philosophical Monographs, 1976.

BOOK UNDER CONTRACT

  • Descartes: An Analytical and Historical Introduction, Second Edition (Oxford University Press).


ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS PUBLISHED

  • "Kant's Refutation of Idealism: a Reply to Chignell," The Philosophical Quarterly, 61:242 (January 2011) 175-183.


  • "Kant's Refutation of Idealism," Noûs 47:1 (March 2008), 80-108


  • "Anti-Berkeley," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16:2 (May 2008), 335-350.


  • "Three Questions Concerning Treatise 1.4.2," Hume Studies 33:1 (April 2007), 115-153.


  • "Berkeley on Immediate Perception: Once More Unto the Breach," The Philosophical Quarterly 56: 225 (October 2006), 517-535.


  • "Berkeley on the Impossibility of Abstracting Primary from Secondary Qualities: Lockean Rejoinders," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 39:1 (Spring 2001), 23-45.


  • "Regularity, Conditionality, and Asymmetry in Causation," in Mark D. Gedney (ed.), The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Volume 7, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2000, 129-137.


  • "Descartes," in Robert L. Arrington (ed.), Blackwell Companions to Philosophy: A Companion to the Philosophers, Blackwell, 1999, 209-216. Reprinted in Robert L. Arrington (ed.), The World's Great Philosophers, Blackwell, 2003, pp. 59-68.


  • "'Epistemology' Reburied," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, XXXI, 1 (Winter 1995), 167-184.


  • "Berkeley on the Immediate Perception of Objects," in Phillip D. Cummins and Guenter Zoeller (eds.), Minds, Ideas, and Objects: Essays in the Theory of Representation in Modern Philosophy, North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy, Volume 2, Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1992, pp. 201-213.


  • "Hume's Fork Revisited," History of Philosophy Quarterly, 8, 4 (October 1991), 327-342.


  • "The Moderns in an Introductory Analytic Course," Teaching Philosophy, 13:3 (September 1990), 265-272.


  • "The Limits of Cartesian Dualism," in P. H. Hare (ed.), Doing Philosophy Historically, Prometheus Press, 1988, pp. 179-191.


  • "A Refutation of Rowe's Critique of Anselm's Ontological Argument," Faith and Philosophy, 5, 2 (April 1988), 193-201.


  • "A Note on Rowe's 'Response to Dicker,'" Faith and Philosophy, 5, 2 (April 1988), 206.


  • "'An Idea Can Be Like Nothing But An Idea,'" History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2, 1 (January 1985), 39-52. Reprinted in Walter E. Creery (ed.), George Berkeley: Critical Assessments, 3 vols., (Routledge, 1991), Vol. III, 162-176.


  • "Two Arguments from Perceptual Relativity in Berkeley's Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XX, 4 (Winter, 1982), 409-422.


  • "Leibniz on Necessary and Contingent Propositions," Studia Leibnitiana, XIV, 2 (1982), 221-232.


  • "The Concept of Immediate Perception in Berkeley's Immaterialism," in C. M. Turbayne (ed.), Berkeley: Critical and Interpretive Essays, University of Minnesota Press, 1982, pp. 48-66.


  • "Is There A Problem About Perception and Knowledge?" American Philosophical Quarterly, 15, 3 (July 1978), 165-176.


  • "Primary and Secondary Qualities: A Proposed Modification of the Lockean Account," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XV, 4 (Winter, 1977), 457-471. Reprinted in Walter E. Creery (ed.), George Berkeley: Critical Assessments, 3 vols., (Routledge, 1991), Volume II, 29-44.


  • "Certainty Without Dogmatism: A Reply to Unger's "An Argument for Scepticism,'" Philosophic Exchange, 1, 5 (Summer 1974), 161-170.


  • "Seeing Bodies Move," The Personalist, 54, 2 (Spring 1973), 111-122.


  • "Knowing and Coming-to-Know in John Dewey's Theory of Knowledge," The Monist, 57, 3 (April 1973), 191-219.


  • "Warranted Assertibility and the Uniformity of Nature," Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, IX, 2 (Spring 1973), 110-115.


  • "John Dewey on the Object of Knowledge," Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, VIII, 3 (Summer 1972), 152-166.


  • "John Dewey: Instrumentalism in Social Action," Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quartely Journal in American Philosophy, VII, (Fall 1971), 221-232.

REVIEWS PUBLISHED

  • Review of Kant and Skepticism, by Michael N. Forster, European Journal of Philosophy, 18:1 (December 2010) 609-615.


  • Review of Reexamining Berkeley's Philosophy, edited by Stephen H. Daniel, Berkeley Studies 19 (2008), 56-77.


  • Review of Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism, by Kenneth Westphal, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76: (May 2008), 740-745.


  • Review of The Problem of Perception, by A. D. Smith, The European Journal of Philosophy 14:3 (2006), 446-453.

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  • Review of Gordon Baker and Katherine Morris, Descartes' Dualism, International Philosophical Studies 37:4 (2005), 140-141.


  • Review of Descartes and the Meditations, by Gary Hatfield, The Philosophical Review 114:1 (January 2005), 122-125.


  • Review of Don Garrett, Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics (December 1998), pp. 447-449.


  • Review of Dewey's New Logic: A Reply to Russell, by Tom Burke, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, XXXI, 4 (Fall 1995), 887-905.


  • Review of Appearance and Reality, by P. M. S. Hacker, Theoria, LIV, 3 (1988), 231-237.


  • Review of Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception, by Richard A. Fumerton, Noûs, XXII, 3 (September 1988), 483-485.


  • Review of The Analysis of Knowing: A Decade of Research, by Robert K. Shope, International Studies in Philosophy, XVIII, 3 (1986), 94-95.


  • Review of The Primacy of Perception: Towards a Neutral Monism, by Ingmar Persson, Theoria, LI, Part 3 (1985), 190-199.


  • Review of Direct Realism: A Study of Perception, by Moltke S. Gram, Canadian Philosophical Reviews/Revue Canadienne de Comptes Rendus en Philosophie, 5, 5 (May-June 1985), 196-198.


  • Review of L'Idèe D'Expèrience dans la Philosophie de John Dewey, by Gèrard Deledalle, The Journal of Value Inquiry, VII, 4 (Winter, 1973), 309-313.


  • Review of Liberty, Laughter, and Tears: Reflections on the Relations of Comedy and Tragedy to Human Freedom, by Horace M. Kallen, The Journal of Value Inquiry, V, 4 (Winter, 1971), 315-317.

EDITORSHIP AND EDITORIAL CONSULTING

  • Editor in Chief of Philosophic Exchange, 1999--
  • Member of the Board of Editorial Consultants of the History of Philosophy Quarterly, 1993 - 1998.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Lecturer on Berkeley for the 2009 International Philosophy Summer graduate course on the Empiricists at Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan.


  • Recipient of the Faculty Senate President's Citation for Service, SUNY College at Brockport, 1994.


  • Participant in the N.E.H. Summer Seminar on "The Metaphysics of Events," Syracuse University, 1984 (Seminar director: Jonathan Bennett).


  • Member of the Honors Program Faculty, SUNY College at Brockport, 1983-1986.


  • Participant in the N.E.H. Summer Seminar on "Leibniz Among the Rationalists," University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1981 (Seminar director: Robert C. Sleigh, Jr.).


  • Participant in the Council for Philosophic Studies' eight-week Summer Institute on "Phenomenology and Existentialism: Continental and Analytic Perspectives on Intentionality," University of California at Berkeley, 1980.


  • Abstractor for the Bibliography of Philosophy, 1974-1979.


  • N.E.H. Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers, 1975-6 academic year, Brown University (Seminar director: R. M. Chisholm).


  • Participant in the Council for Philosophic Studies' Six-Week Summer Institute in Theory of Knowledge, summer 1972.


  • Faculty Research Fellowships, State University of New York Research Foundation, summers 1971, 1972 (declined), 1973, 1976, 1977.


  • NDEA Title IV Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1965-7 and 1968-9;


  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Wisconsin, 1967-8.


  • Best Undergraduate Philosophy Major, San Francisco State College, 1964-5.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Brockport, 1994 --.


  • Director, Center for Philosophic Exchange, SUNY Brockport, 1999--


  • Chair of the College Senate General Education Committee and member of the Senate Executive Committee, SUNY Brockport, 1983-1985, 2006-2010.


  • Senator-at-large, SUNY Brockport, 2004-2010.


  • Coordinator (and Founder) of the SUNY Departments of Philosophy Interactive Television Distance Learning Consortium, 1995-1999.


  • Chair of the Faculty Senate's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and member of the Senate Executive Committee, SUNY Brockport, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1995-1996.


  • Chair of the Faculty Senate's Appointments and Elections Committee and member of the Senate Executive Committee, SUNY Brockport, 1994-995.


  • Secretary of the SUNY Brockport Faculty Senate and member of the Senate Executive Committee, 1982-3, 1983-4.


  • Vice-President of the SUNY Brockport Faculty Senate and member of the Senate Executive Committee, 1984-5, 1985-6, 1991-1992.


  • Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Brockport, Fall 1981 term.


  • Faculty Senator for the SUNY Brockport Department of Philosophy, 1979-2005; service on the Senate's curriculum, A.P.T., Long-Range Planning, Graduate, and General Education committees.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Philosophical Association.

  • Creighton Club (New York State Philosophical Association).

  • Leibniz Society of American

  • International Berkeley Society

  • Hume Society


OFFICES IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • President of the Creighton Club (New York State Philosophical Association), 1984-1986.
  • Vice-President of the Creighton Club, 1982-1984.
  • Secretary-Treasurer of the Creighton Club, 1980-1982.

PAPER AND COMMENTATOR PRESENTATIONS
(IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER BY VENUE)


  • San Francisco State College Philosophy Club, 1965.
  • University of Wisconsin Graduate Philosophy Club, 1967, 1968.
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, Spring 1970.
  • Department of Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, Fall 1970.
  • Creighton Club, Fall 1970.
  • Philosophy Club, SUNY College at Brockport, Spring 1972.
  • Summer Institute in Theory of Knowledge, Summer 1972.
  • Department of Philosophy, St. Bonaventure University, Spring 1973.
  • Department of Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, Fall 1973.
  • American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 1973.
  • Center for Philosophic Exchange, Brockport, New York, March 1974.
  • Creighton Club, Spring 1975.
  • N.E.H. Seminar, Fall 1975.
  • Creighton Club, Spring 1977.
  • International Berkeley Society Commemorative Conference, Fall 1979.
  • Philosophy Club, SUNY College at Brockport, March 1980.
  • American Philosophical Association, Western Division, April 1980.
  • Ceighton Club, May 1980.
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, December 1980.
  • Department of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College, February 1981.
  • Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, April 1981.
  • Department of Philosophy, SUNY College at Geneseo, April 1981.
  • N.E.H. Seminar, July 1981.
  • Department of Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo, October 1981.
  • Department of Philosophy, SUNY College at Fredonia, December 1981.
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, April 1982.
  • University of Rochester, October 1983.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, April 1984.
  • American Philosophical Association, Western Division, April 1984.
  • Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University, July 1984.
  • SUNY at Buffalo, October 1984.
  • International Berkeley Society Tercentenary Conference, March 1985.
  • Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, February 1986.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, March 1986.
  • American Philosophical Association, Central Division, May 1986.
  • Creighton Club, October 1986.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, April 1987.
  • SUNY at Buffalo, conference on Doing Philosophy Historically, April 1987.
  • Philosophy Colloquium, SUNY College at Brockport, November 1987.
  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, March 1988.
  • World Congress of Philosophy, Brighton, U. K., August 1988.
  • Iowa Ideas Conference, University of Iowa, April 1989.
  • American Philosophical Association, Central Division, April 1990.
  • Creighton Club, November 1990.
  • Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, November 1990.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, April 1991.
  • American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 1991.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, April 1992.
  • Tri-State Philosophical Association, October 1992.
  • SUNY at Buffalo, April 1994.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day, SUNY College at Brockport, April 1995.
  • Conference of the Institute for Postsecondary Pedagogy, SUNY at New Paltz, November 1995.
  • Hume Society, July 1996, Nottingham, UK.
  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers, August 1996, Old Dominion University.
  • Marvin Farber Conference, SUNY Buffalo, September 1996.
  • SUNY Philosophy Departments Distance Learning Consortium, SUNY College at Cortland, November 1996.
  • Sixth Annual SUNY Fact Conference on Instructional Technologies, May 1997.
  • Tri-State Philosophical Association's first Richard R. LaCroix Memorial Lecture, Daemen College, October 1997.
  • Brockport Scholars Day '98, March 1998.
  • Seventh Annual SUNY Fact Conference on Instructional Technologies, May 1998.
  • Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston (August 1998).
  • Brandeis University Philosophy Department (November 1998).
  • Brockport Scholars Day '99.
  • University of Guelph (April 1999)
  • SUNY Geneseo (April 1999).
  • American Philosophical Assocation, Eastern Division (December 1999).
  • Hume Society, July 2000, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Hume Society, August 2002, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Brockport Scholars' Day '03.
  • International Berkeley Society, November 2003, Rennes, France.
  • Creighton Club, November 2004.
  • Hume Society, July 2005, University of Toronto.
  • Berkeley Conference, September 2005, Tartu University, Estonia.
  • Leonard Lecture, October 2005, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Brockport Scholars Day '06.
  • Hume Society, August 2006, Koblenz, Germany.
  • American Philosophical Association, Central Division 2007.
  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division 2007
  • Cornell University Philosophy Discussion Club, September 2007.
  • SUNY Buffalo Philosophy Department Colloquium, October 2007.
  • Creighton Club, November 2007.
  • Brockport Scholars Day 2008, April 2008.
  • International Berkeley Society, Newport, Rhode Island, June 2008.
  • American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 2008.
  • International Berkeley Society, University of Neuchâtel, summer 2010.
  • Workshop on Ideas in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, University of Zürich, summer 2010.
  • American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 2010.
  • Brockport Scholars Day, April 2011.
  • Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Charles University in Prague, Conference on Belief and Doubt in David Hume September 2011.

REFERENCES

Professor Jonathan Bennett (Syracuse University)
Professor Jean-Marie Beyssade (University of Paris IV--Sorbonne)
Professor Jack B. Glickman (SUNY College at Brockport)
Professor Eli Hirsch (Brandeis University)
Professor Kenneth G. Lucey (University of Nevada, Reno)
Professor Derk Pereboom (University of Vermont)
Professor Gary Iseminger (Carleton College)
Professor Ellen Suckiel (University of California at Santa Cruz)
Professor James Van Cleve (University of Southern California)