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"Watchmen and Philosophy" (Edited by Irwin & White)

In yesterday's post, I mentioned a soon-to-be published book on Watchmen (Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test - http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Philosophy-Rorschach-Blackwell-Culture/dp/0470396857).  Since then, I have gathered the following information on its editors, Irwin and White.  As you can see below, their academic credentials and accomplishments are quite impressive!

William Irwin, Ph.D.



Curriculum Vitae


Department of Philosophy

King’s College

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania



Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996. Presidential Fellowship.


Dissertation: “Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism,” Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp.  Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy. Dissertation Committee: Jorge J.E. Gracia (director), E.D. Hirsch, Jr. (outside reader), Kah Kyung Cho, and James Lawler.


B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.


Attended Regis High School in Manhattan on full scholarship and graduated May 1988.


Current Areas of Interest and Research


Areas of Specialization : Aesthetics (especially philosophy of literature), Hermeneutics, and Existentialism.


Areas of Competence : Eastern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Metaphysics.


Academic Positions


Present Position: Professor of Philosophy, King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA (2008-present).


Associate Professor of Philosophy, King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA (2002-2008).


Assistant Professor of Philosophy, King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA (1996–2002).


Teaching Fellow, The State University of New York at Buffalo, (1993–1996).


Research assistant to Jorge J.E. Gracia Fall 1992. Research for his A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology (1995). 


Awards, Honors, and Grants


Recipient of the King’s College CELT Grant for Innovation in Teaching Spring 2004. Project: “Teaching Philosophical Writing through Successive Elaboration.”


Intentionalist Interpretation was the subject of a special book session at the 2000 annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought.


Recipient of the King’s College Summer Research Grant for 1998.


Selected as one of three funded graduate student participants in the Monist conference “The Influence of Derrida and European Philosophy on the American Academy” February 11–13, 1993 Racine, Wisconsin.


Hughes Award for the outstanding student of philosophy in the graduating class of 1992 at Fordham University.


One of six junior class members of Fordham University elected to ΦΒΚ (Phi Beta Kappa) June 1991


Outstanding Russian Language Student Award at Fordham University, October 1991.


Elected to Phi Sigma Tau, The International Honor Society in Philosophy, May 1991.


Courses Taught and/or Designed

Eastern Philosophy
Existentialism and Phenomenology
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Senior Seminar: Group Thesis Supervision
Introduction to Philosophy
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophical Ethics
Critical Thinking
Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
Ethics for Physician’s Assistants
Hermeneutics in the Twentieth Century (independent study)
Ethical Issues in Cloning (independent study)
Feminist Philosophy (independent study)


Senior Theses Directed


“Foundations of a Sartrean Ethics” by Joseph Zeccardi 1999.
“Schopenhauer on Music” by Rose Alaimo 2003.
“Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity as Supplement to Care Ethics” by Abigail Myers 2004.
“In Defense of Hedonism” by Matthew Carrino 2004.
“Musical Allusion” by Jonathan Decarlo 2004.
“Fiction vs. Nonfiction in The Da Vinci Code” by Jaime McAndrew 2006.
“The Novel as an Ethical Instrument” by Jared Lavelle 2006.
“Dispatch the Truth” by Matthew Kazmierowicz 2006.
“Adam Smith and Moral Philosophy” by Jeffrey Loftus 2007.
“Aquinas’ Ethical Remedy for Poverty in America” by Kurt Zampier 2007.
“Ontological Aspects of String Theory” by Alexis Baez 2007.
Final Fantasy and Art” by Joseph Ciuffieri 2008.


Mark D. White, Ph.D.




  • Associate professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, where he teaches courses that combine economics, philosophy, and law. 
  • Has written several dozen journal articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as editing or co-editing several books in the above areas. 
  • Frequent writer and editor with the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. Batman and Philosophy, which he co-edited with Robert Arp, came out in June 2008; Watchmen and Philosophy is due out next spring.
  • Currently working on Iron Man and Philosophy.

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Iron Man and Philosophy? Watchmen and Philosophy? Apparently, one was just released about Batman. *sigh* More stuff for the Amazon Wishlist ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/32H7I8DJX2WWE?reveal=unpurchased&filter=all&sort=priority&layout=standard&x=18&y=11 ). Oh employment, how I want your income.

"Hope within Despair, Meaning within Chaos"

I know what you mean! Going to the bookstore is dangerous for me (or at least for my wallet)!

BTW, I just made my second Watchmen post of the day. It's from a conversation on Mars between Laurie and Dr. Manhattan. I was quite knocked out by it. It's titled, "Hope within Despair, Meaning within Chaos." I hope it cheers you up.


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