Ernest Sosa

Ernest Sosa

Romeo Elton Professor in the Philosophy Department of Brown University, Providence, RI 02912. Distinguished Visiting Professor every spring term at Rutgers University, 1998-2003.

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1964. Has taught at Brown University since 1964; and also, for brief periods, as a visiting professor, at the Universities of Western Ontario, Pittsburgh, Miami, Michigan, Texas, and Salamanca, at the National University of Mexico, and at Harvard University. Christensen Fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford.

Over one hundred and sixty papers published in philosophy journals. Several reprinted in anthologies or textbooks. Knowledge in Perspective: Selected Essays in Epistemology published by Cambridge University Press in 1991.

Editor of several collections and works of reference, and member of the editorial boards of twelve philosophy journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Perspectives, and Philosophical Studies . Editor, since 1983, of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, a philosophy quarterly published without interruption since 1940.

General editor of two book series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), and Great Debates in Philosophy (Blackwell Publishers).

Over one hundred lectures or lecture series delivered, most at national or international congresses or conferences, in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Eighty philosophy colloquium lectures or public lectures at USA colleges or universities.

Brown Philosophy Department Chair (1970-76).

Member of external evaluation committees for the philosophy departments of seventeen colleges or universities; chaired the committee for nine of these evaluations.

Has served the American Philosophical Association on numerous national committees. For nine years served as Secretary-Treasurer of its Eastern Division (largest of the three APA divisions) and for five years as Chair of the APA International Cooperation Committee, one of the five standing committees of the Association. Each appointment carried ex officio membership on the National Board, main policy-making body of the APA. Elected at the 1997 APA Board meeting to serve on a small committee to determine APA priorities for the future.

From 1984 to 1989 served as member of the American Council of Learned Societies / Soviet Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. As ACLS/SA Commissioner, headed an exchange program which included several conferences each year involving American and Soviet philosophers, with the site alternating between the USA and the USSR; all in the period 1984-1989.

Elected at the Eighteenth World Congress of Philosophy (held in Brighton, England, in August of 1988) as follows: to the Steering Committee of the Federation Internationale des Societes de Philosophie (FISP), main policy-making body of FISP, for a term of ten years; and to the Program Committee of FISP for the world congress held in Moscow in 1993. (FISP is the main international philosophical association, exclusively responsible for holding world congresses of philosophy.)

Also at the Eighteenth World Congress of Philosophy, elected Vice-President of FISP for a term of five years, with ex officio membership on the seven-member Bureau which functions as Executive Committee of the forty-member Steering Committee.

Member, Executive Committee, Interamerican Philosophical Society, 1989- (IPS is the major interamerican philosophical association, and is responsible for holding interamerican congresses approximately every three years. The Executive Committee is its main policy-making body and has five members.)

Recipient of grants or fellowships from the Canada Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Exxon Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Elected in 1992 to permanent membership in the Institut International de Philosophie; ninth American permanent member elected. (Based in Paris since 1937, the IIP aims to gather an international group of distinguished philosophers, for publication projects and scholarly conferences. It has met annually since 1955. New members are elected at the annual meeting, but membership is limited by statute to 115.)

Elected in 1993 by the Federation Internationale des Societes de Philosophie to co-chair the program committee for the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, to be held in Boston in 1998.

Elected in 1993 by the Institut International de Philosophie to serve a three-year term on its Executive Committee.

Elected in 1995 by the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association to serve a three-year term as its Divisional Representative, with ex officio membership on the National Board of the APA. (The APA has three divisions, each with a representative on the 22-member National Board.)

Listed in Who's Who in America (several editions, including the most recent).

Listed in Oxford Companion to Philosophy, ed. Ted Honderich (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Listed in Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers, ed. S. Brown, D. Collinson, and R. Wilkinson (Routledge, 1995).


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